Volunteer Program

Volunteers play a critical role at the League. Without our volunteers, we would never be able to provide the current level of programs and services to assist the animals and the community. We estimate that the numbers of hours our volunteers give to us equals approximately seven full-time staff positions. There are numerous programs and activities in need of your energy and talents.

Volunteer orientation is almost monthly and there is usually a waiting period due to the number of applicants that we have received.  We recruit our volunteers based on our current needs and all volunteer opportunities may not be offered at the time you apply. When you are invited to attend an orientation, you will be given a complete list of available volunteer opportunities.

You can apply to volunteer by filling our our volunteer application.  You will receive an automatic reply to let you know that your application has been received–there is no need to call us to see if we have received your application.  Due to the volume of applicants, it may be up to 2 months before you are invited to attend an orientation.

Volunteer Requirementsphoto

You must be 18 years old to volunteer. The League does allow junior volunteers at least 10 years old to assist their parents in various volunteer opportunities. All applicants are required to attend an orientation which covers the League’s policies and philosophy.

Many of our volunteer opportunities, especially those working hands-on with the animals, require several classroom training sessions. After classroom trainings have been completed, volunteers are paired with a staff member or experienced volunteer for buddy training sessions. Attendance at these training sessions requires a somewhat flexible schedule.

Due to the volume of volunteer applications that we receive and the size of our volunteer program, we apologize that we are unable to accommodate individual schedules and training requests. If your schedule will not accommodate the training required, please sign up for other opportunities that require less training, such as special events or wildlife driving.

Volunteer Orientation

Orientations are held approximately monthly. Applicants are invited to orientation and training sessions based on the volunteer opportunities selected on the application.  Due to the volume of applicants, it may be up to 2 months before you are invited to attend an orientation.

Minimum Time Requirements for Volunteers

We ask that you give a one-year volunteer commitment to the League. Some programs have minimum hourly requirements which are indicated in the descriptions on the application.

Junior Volunteers

Being a Junior Volunteer is a great way to develop respect and compassion for living creatures. Children between 10 and 18 years old may volunteer for certain assignments, as specified on the application, if they are accompanied by a parent. The parent must complete all volunteer requirements, including submission of an application and attendance at an orientation. Parent and child must also complete any additional required training.

Volunteer Foster Parent Program

We often have a special need for foster volunteers.  Find out more about the volunteer foster program.

For Current Volunteers

Current AWLA volunteers can log on to check or change their volunteer schedule, sign up for new volunteer shifts, or check their volunteer e-mail account for important updates. Volunteers who have not been assigned a log-in and password or those who have forgotten their log-in and password can request that it be e-mailed to them by contacting volunteer@awla.org.

Current AWLA Off-Site Volunteers (Pet Therapy, Special Events, Wildlife Drivers) can sign in using their volunteer number so that their hours are logged. Please remember to sign out when you are finished! Volunteers can request that their volunteer number be e-mailed to them by contacting volunteer@awla.org.

Please Note: If you are a volunteer applicant and have not attended orientation or if you have not volunteered for more than three months, you will not be able to log in using the above links. Please contact volunteer@awla.org with any questions.