Volunteer

Do you want to give back to our community in a way that warms your heart and helps those who cannot help themselves?  Donate your time to homeless pets and experience pure gratitude.

The exceptional care and service Animal Humane New Mexico provides is only possible because of the assistance of our volunteers.

Why volunteer at Animal Humane?

  • We enjoy a positive environment, and the highest adoption rate in  New Mexico.
  • Volunteers participate in an enriching learning experience andstrong training programs.
  • You can meet a variety of new people and make new friends!

Work with pets

Each pet that comes through our doors blossoms from the TLC, exercise, training and grooming which volunteers provide. In order to ensure safe, beneficial volunteer and pet interactions, volunteers who work with animals will have the opportunity to attend animal behavior training classes.

Other ways to make a difference

While many of our volunteers prefer to walk a dog or cuddle a cat, there are many ways to use your unique skills to make a difference for homeless pets, available in every department of our organization.

People person?

You may enjoy helping match potential adopters with the perfect pet to fit their lifestyle,assisting with fundraisers, staffing community outreach events or helping out in our pet food bank.

Retail background?

You could be a great asset to our thrift store.

Caregiver?

Help pets recover in our donor-subsidized Veterinary Clinic, or foster a pet.

Photographer or writer?

Join our Volunteer Photo or Pet Profile Writing Teams to help our pets shine to potential adopters.

Bi-lingual?

Aid us in providing programs & services to our diverse community.
Consider where your talents could make the biggest impact when assessing your fit as a volunteer.

Interested? Start here

To be an Animal Humane volunteer you must be at least 16 years of age, have access to the Internet and a valid e-mail address, and commit a minimum of 8 hours of service per month for 6 months to our organization.  E-mail our volunteer coordinator at JessicaL@animalhumanenm.org to get started.

Outreach Volunteer Job Description

Job Title

  • Outreach Volunteer

Purpose

  • Outreach Volunteers will be part of a team of individuals assisting with the work of the ASPCA Albuquerque Community Partnership Program, a program aimed at reducing the number of animals entering Albuquerque shelters and increasing the number of animals adopted.  The Outreach portion of the program will focus on reaching into neighborhoods identified as having high incidence of surrenders, particularly of Chihuahua-type and Pit Bull-type dogs, at Albuquerque’s City Animal Welfare Department and Animal Humane New Mexico shelters.  These “hot spot neighborhoods” will receive information on spay/neuter programs for pit bull- and Chihuahua-type dogs, and additional pet wellness information via direct community outreach and neighborhood Pet Health Fair events.

Location

  • Outreach Volunteers will work within “hot spot neighborhoods” identified for focus by the Animal Humane Neighborhood Outreach Manager (NOM).  Which neighborhoods are focused on will rotate throughout the year.

Responsibilities

  • Outreach Volunteers will conduct door to door outreach with the NOM and other volunteers in groups of 2-3 in order to reach every residence in “hot spot neighborhoods.”
    • Door to door outreach will include speaking with residents about upcoming Pet Health Fairs for their neighborhood, providing information on spay/neuter resources, providing collars and tags for resident pets, providing spay/neuter vouchers for interested pit bull and Chihuahua owners, and/or providing information about local resources for low-income pet owners.
  • Helps at events, including tabling and Community Health Fairs

Reports to

  • Animal Humane Neighborhood Outreach Manager, Animal Humane Volunteer Coordinator

Length of Appointment

  • At-will

Time Commitment

  • The time commitment of this volunteer position is dependent on Pet Health Fair events 
    • Around two – three weeks before, after, and during each Pet Health Fair event
    • Shifts will run between 3 and 5 hours on weekends

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Personable, friendly, and outgoing personality
  • Genuine desire to meet new people and form relationships
  • Ability to represent Animal Humane New Mexico and ASPCA Community Partnership Program in a professional manner
  • Commitment to and knowledge of spay/neuter with the ability to communicate about the benefits of spay/neuter to interested owners
  • Bilingual fluency in Spanish and English preferred, but not required
  • Comfort walking door-to-door in “hot spot neighborhoods”
  • Willingness to consider the opinions, views, and ideas of others that might not fit one’s own with respect and friendliness

Selection Process

  • Send an email stating interest to our Neighborhood Outreach Manager, Madeleine Brown, at MadeleineB@animalhumanenm.org or to our Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica Langer, at JessicaL@animalhumanenm.org
  • You will be registered for our Volunteer Orientation at our Main Campus.
  • Just prior to the orientation class you’re enrolled in, please complete our application.
  • You will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator or our Neighborhood Outreach Manager to schedule a short interview.