New Volunteer Information

SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals relies on the help of dedicated and compassionate people who are willing to assist the shelter in any way possible. If you have an interest in animal welfare, please consider volunteering your time and talents at SAVE.

"Volunteering with SAVE is wonderful. I feel so accomplished when an animal gets adopted. Yes, it hurts to see an animal I have fallen in love with go, but it is so rewarding to know that I have helped to find them a forever home. Wouldn't you like to be a part of that?"
--Cat Rubin, SAVE Volunteer


  • Dog Walking
  • Dog Training
  • Cat Socialization
  • SAVE Cat Cage Cleaning (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Petco Cat Cage Cleaning (8am or afternoons at Mercer Mall)
  • Office Help
  • Kitten Foster - for kittens under 4 weeks (bottle feeding)
  • Adoption Days — Saturdays and Sundays at PETCO, PetsMart, PetValu, Cats & Dogs Rule, and Concord Pets
  • Pet Fund Drives
  • Laundry
  • Grooming
  • Volunteer Fund Raising Committee


You must be at least 14 years of age to volunteer, but we allow children 8 - 13 years of age to volunteer with a parent. All volunteers MUST be over 18 years of age to work with and walk dogs. We do require that volunteers commit 8 hours per month. You must be willing to make this commitment. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation before they start their volunteer work at SAVE. The orientation lasts approximately 1.5 hours and covers SAVE's policies and procedures, volunteer opportunities, scheduling and other program information. Orientations are held at the shelter.

If you would like to join SAVE's volunteer program, please fill out the volunteer application and bring it with you for your scheduled orientation session. For more information on the program, please call (609) 309-5214, or send an email to

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Manual

Paws For Reading

Make a difference in the lives of SAVE's animals by reading books to them. Paws for Reading, a program established by SAVE volunteers Pam Diaforli and Dana Schaar, gives young students the opportunity to effectively interact with the cats and dogs in residence. This reading program is an excellent way to relax and socialize the animals, making them more adaptable and adoptable.

cat readingThe amount of time spent reading will be recorded, and this project will count toward students' volunteer hours. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own books. Please complete a SAVE volunteer application before coming to your first visit. For more information or to schedule a session, please contact