To All Valued SAVE Volunteers

We wanted to touch base with everyone regarding volunteering and what our program is going to look like as SAVE moves into the summer season and beyond.

Due to requirements for social distancing:

    • SAVE will need to continue operating by appointment only for approved adopters. This means we will also need to continue limiting the number of people inside the shelter and visiting the shelter, in general.
    • Beginning in the next month or so, we will slowly begin to bring back a small number of seasoned volunteers to help with cleaning the cat rooms, cat socializing, and dog walking.
    • Due to limited opportunities for volunteers, and the anticipated cancellation of our typical summer off-site adoption activities, SAVE will be postponing all new volunteer training, classes and orientations for the foreseeable future. We hope to resume activities in the fall.

We miss all of our individual volunteers and our corporate group volunteers who have been like family.  All   of us at SAVE appreciate your continued patience as we navigate this very challenging time for everyone.

Please be assured that we are continuing to do all we can to fulfill SAVE’s mission to find forever homes for the cats and dogs in the shelter.

With our very best wishes for you and the people and pets close to you.

New Volunteer Information

All volunteer inquiries:

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.


  • Office/Clerical Help
  • Front Desk Reception Support
  • General Shelter Tasks (laundry, organizing donations and supplies, cleaning, sweeping, mopping, etc)
  • Cat Room Cleaning (9:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Cat Room Organization and Restocking
  • Proper Feline Socialization
  • Weekend Adoption Days (handling dogs and cats at local venues and communicating with the public about SAVE)
  • Dog Walking and Reinforcement of Training (walking on leash, no jumping, practicing commands) Experienced Dog Walkers Only for the safety of our dogs and our volunteers
  • Pack Walks with Approved Dogs
  • Dog Baths "Spa Days"


You must be at least 14 years of age to volunteer, but we allow children up to 13 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 require that volunteers commit 8 hours per month. You must be willing to make this commitment. All volunteers are required to attend orientation and training 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. Orientation and training is held in the community room at the shelter.

If you would like more information regarding our volunteer program or you would like to schedule your orientation, please call (609) 309-5214, or send an email to

Fill out the volunteer application and bring it with you for your scheduled orientation session. We look forward to seeing you! Thank you!

Volunteer Application


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.

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