Frequently Asked Questions

Does APL need volunteer help? 

Absolutely. We are a private, not-for-profit organization with a small paid staff. We have a constant need for volunteers to assist in caring for our animals, and to keep our community programs and events operating efficiently.

Can anyone volunteer?
For most volunteer opportunities you will need to attend a New Volunteer Orientation first.  This will determine the types of activities that you would enjoy doing, and to match you up with our ongoing needs.  There are opportunities such as state fair parking that do not require that you attend a new volunteer orientation.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without a parent.  Children under 16 are welcome to volunteer but must have a parent with them.  Some volunteer opportunities are restricted to 18 years and older. 

Will I receive training?

Depending on the types of volunteer tasks you are interested in, you will either receive hands on training from our volunteer coordinator, a member of our staff or a senior volunteer.  Certain types of volunteer tasks, like dog walking, do require a separate training class where you will learn safety procedures and acceptable dog-handling techniques.

Are there things I can do other than work directly with the dogs and cats?

Yes. We have many programs and events such as our annual chili supper, our spring Upscale Collectible Sale, state fair parking, ... plus, there are onsite tasks that range from maintenance to gardening.

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