Volunteer at the Shelter

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available and we need people with all sorts of skills. You can learn all about the different jobs available at a volunteer orienation. Orientations are generally held twice a month. Please check our event calendar for specific dates.

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Volunteers Playing with DogSteps to Volunteering

  • Attend a volunteer orientation, held at the shelter on the 4th Friday of each month from 7-8 pm. (Check the event calendar for specific dates.) You can "drop in" without prior registration.
  • You may complete the application process after attending the orientation.
  • There will be a $15 material fee for all new volunteers.
  • Additional training will be required for all dog volunteers.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be 16 years or older (16-17 year olds can volunteer with parent approval)
  • Youth ages 12-15 years may volunteer with a parent or guardian present at all times
  • Able to volunteer 8 hours a month for a year
  • Able to commit to scheduled volunteer times
  • Able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for long periods of time when working directly with animal care
  • Work well with people – all volunteer positions work directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers
  • Comply with Multnomah County Ordinances
  • Able to pass a background check

Interested in Fostering?

Learn how to be part of our foster program.