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August 2023 Update: Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! We're incredibly grateful for the overwhelming response we have received from our community. Please bear with us as we assess availability due to an overwhelming influx of new volunteers. Your support means a lot to us!

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.

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.

Ready to volunteer? 

  1. Check out the volunteer opportunities listed on the Aurora Volunteer Portal 

  2. Click on your ideal volunteer opportunity and click on the "sign up" button

  3. Once you sign up, our Community Outreach Coordinator will reach out to you with next steps!

Questions? Contact our Community Engagement Coordinator at 303.326.8390 or at [email protected].

Interested in a group volunteer opportunity? The Aurora Animal Shelter offers group volunteer opportunities. To learn more, visit our Group Volunteers page.

View the volunteer introduction presentation


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. Learn more our fostering program

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