How to Volunteer

Animals need help everywhere. Get involved with a local shelter to improve conditions for animals. Plus, you'll be surrounded by dogs, and who doesn't like that?

  1. Find a shelter near you. Start by searching Petfinder (or Pets911), enter you zip code to find where there are homeless pets near you. You will be able to see where local shelters are by seeing where there are pets that are up for adoption. Get the phone number of the shelter and find out who works there.
    • In Saginaw, you can also contact Saginaw Animal Services at 817-230-0460, check us out online at www.SaginawAnimalServices.com, via Facebook, or stop by in person at 205 Brenda Ln., Saginaw, TX 76179 (map).
  2. Contact ‘em. Call the shelter or drop by, and ask to speak to the volunteer coordinator. Introduce yourself - give your name, age, and say that you live in the area (but don’t give your full address). Ask if they could use a volunteer or if there are other ways to help the shelter. Find out how the shelter works by asking more questions - it will help you figure out better ways to help.
  3. What if they say you’re too young. Okay, so you called your local shelter and they didn’t have something for you to do. This is not true! Shelters can always use help, you just have to give them the idea... Here is a list of just some other things you can do for the shelter if they don’t want you handling animals:
    • Clean cages, the backyard, or even the shelter's office
    • Make phone calls or do other general office work
    • Make holiday decorations for the shelter office and waiting room
    • Good with websites? Create a Facebook or other site page for the shelter and help advertise it
    • Take pictures of new pets and learn how to put them up for adoption on Petfinder, the Animal Services website, or even advertise them around your neighborhood or school
    • Become a foster home for animals the shelter doesn’t have room for (Warning: this 1 definitely requires talking to the parents :O)

What if you can't get to the shelter? The next step is coming up with ways to fund raise materials the shelter needs (ask them first) or money for operating the shelter.