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You can make a difference in a pet’s life and help those in need when you volunteer at La Plata County Humane Society. As a volunteer, you become part of a committed team in providing loving enrichment and quality care for pets in need. Whether you wish to help care for the animals, provide assistance by teaching human education programs to local school and community groups, help to make special events even more special, lend a helping hand at our Thrift Store, provide administrative support and/or maintenance, we welcome your participation. You play a important and vital role in helping the homeless and abused pets.


  • Volunteers must be current members. You will be required to sign up for a $25 volunteer membership when you arrive for orientation. Please bring valid photo ID.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age.
  • If under the age of  18, the volunteer must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Both the parent and child must submit applications and attend orientation and training for desired interest.

Get Started

Please complete the volunteer application below or come into the shelter. Let us know your area of interest and availability, and we’ll get in touch with you to let you know more about orientation and the training process. (Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. If  under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present). Please download and sign our Release of Liability Forms  and bring when you meet for orientation.

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities and needs, please contact Carolyn Bollinger, Volunteer Coordinator by email or by phone at (970) 259-2847 x120

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Foster Care Volunteer
Make an immediate and lasting impact on the life of a pet in need as a Foster Care Volunteer. La Plata County Humane Society Foster Care program was created to provide a temporary home for animals who are sick, injured, pregnant, too young, and in need of socialization that may be preventing them from being adopted in their given state. This program has saved the lives of hundreds of animals over the years, by providing a chance of survival they may not otherwise had in different circumstances. To learn more, visit our Foster Care page.

Court-Ordered Community Service
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. La Plata County Humane Society does not accept individuals convicted of theft or any violent crime towards people and/or animals. For questions about the program, please call (970) 259-2847 x101.

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