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2022 UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the shelter is currently not on-boarding new volunteers at this time. If you are interested in volunteering, please read the below information and apply through the link provided. You will be added to our waiting list.

In addition the Aurora Animal Shelter is not accepting interns or community service workers at this time.

Aurora Animal Shelter Volunteers


Volunteers are critical to the work we do serving the thousands of animals that come to the Aurora Animal Shelter each year. Together, staff and volunteers ensure that animals in our care get exercise, mental stimulation, love and companionship.

We involve volunteers in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: socializing with dogs or cats, implementing brain games, assisting at adoption events and supporting staff through administrative tasks. Check out all the volunteer opportunities here Aurora Volunteer Positions!

Think you may be interested in getting involved? Here are some thing you need to know!

Volunteer Guidelines

  • The minimum age for volunteering at the Aurora Animal Shelter is 18.
  • Volunteering at the shelter is a regular commitment. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity for individuals to be involved in a single day or short term volunteer stint.
  • We ask that you commit to either a weekly or biweekly shift.
  • To start volunteering, you must complete the onboarding process which includes attending an orientation, as well as additional training. There are no "walk in" volunteer opportunities.

If this sounds like an opportunity you are interested in, the first step to getting involved is to CREATE A VOLUNTEER PROFILE

When you create the profile, be sure to express interest in volunteering at the Aurora Animal Shelter! Once this is created, our Community Outreach Coordinator will reach out to you about signing up for the orientation and the next steps!

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at 303.326.8390 or at [email protected]

Current volunteers, please access your account here: Current Volunteer Log In.

Interested in a group volunteer opportunity?  The Aurora Animal Shelter offers group volunteer opportunities. To learn more click Group Volunteers.


Looking for a less traditional opportunity to contribute to the shelter? Inquire about taking on a project! There are a wide variety of projects aimed at improving the shelter and creating enrichment items for our animals. These are great opportunities for school and scout projects! The Community Outreach Coordinator is happy to work with you to discuss project options and arrange the details with you. See more examples of completed projects below!


Cat Room Renovation    
Cat Room Renovation

Boy ScoutsDog Enrichment
Creating Dog Enrichment Tools

GazeboFinished Gazebo
Building Covered Picnic Table


Interested in fostering an animal in your home? We have plenty of opportunities for fostering. Please click here for more information Fostering.

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