SAVE is accepting new Volunteers.                       We would love to welcome you to our program.

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.

Join us to learn valuable skills while helping SAVE accomplish its mission to find forever homes for cats and dogs at the shelter.

All volunteer inquiries:

You must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer, but we allow children ages 8- 15 years of age to participate in our Paws for Reading program.  All volunteers MUST be over 18 years of age to work with and walk dogs - experienced dogs walkers only. We do ask that volunteers commit a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Volunteering at SAVE

Our program is structured as follows:

You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer at SAVE. There are three levels to our program. The tier levels will help each volunteer learn different aspects of life at the shelter as well as an understanding of what we do every day to help our animals remain healthy and enriched. You’ll move through each level at your own pace and time commitment.



Level I

SAVE’S beginner level consists of general shelter cleaning, included but not limited to laundry, dishes, cleaning floors and windows, organizing donations, organizing storage areas as well as other tasks and/or projects as necessary.

(9:30 AM to 12:00 PM)

Level II

SAVE’S intermediate level consists of cleaning the cat rooms and cubbies and/or cleaning the dog runs and the dog areas.  This may include dog walking and/or cat socializing. You may also be asked to help where needed – this may include Level I tasks and/or special projects, etc.

(9:30 AM to 12:00 PM)

Level III

SAVE’s advanced level consists of dog walking and/or cat socialization (please note: you must be at least 18 years old with dog experience and/or be familiar with cats). You’ll spend time with the animals getting to know them, learning their unique personalities and help us help them become well socialized and ready for adoption. You may also be asked to help where needed – this may include but not limited to Level I and Level II tasks and/or special projects, etc.

(any time between 9:30 to 5:00 pm)



















SAVE recommends that every volunteer have an updated tetanus vaccination. All volunteers must wear appropriate apparel, including closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops) and pants (if you choose to wear shorts they must extend past the fingertips when arms are extended comfortably at your side).

Volunteer Application

Paws For Reading

Make a difference in the lives of SAVE's animals by reading books to them. Established by SAVE volunteers Pam Diaforli and Dana Schaar, this program gives young students the opportunity to effectively and safely interact with the cats and dogs in the shelter. Reading out loud is an excellent way to practice reading skills and socialize the animals, making them more adaptable and adoptable. The cats and dogs love it!

The program is for students ages 8-15 and held on Wednesdays between 4-5pm.  As a leadership opportunity, 3 of the older children familiar with the program act as counselors and monitor te other children while they read. It's the purrfect way for the young people in our community to independently contribute to the happiness of our shelter pets.

The 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