Do you love dogs and cats? Are you interested in helping New Mexico pets and growing the practice of kindness and respect in our state? Then you have come to the right place!

Join our family of over 400 volunteers and make a difference in the lives of New Mexico’s pets. Whether you prefer working with computers or cameras, pets or people, chances are we have a way for you to get involved! See our many opportunities below.

New Volunteer Orientation

Click the button below to take your first step in becoming an Animal Humane volunteer. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]


Volunteer Requirements
  • Volunteers for our adult program must be at least 18 years old. (Options are available for volunteers younger than 18; see our Junior Ambassador Volunteers and Children’s Volunteer Opportunities for further details).
  • All volunteers must have internet access and a valid email address.
  • Each of our volunteers receives extensive training, so we ask that all volunteers commit to spending eight hours a month for at least six months with us. If you cannot commit to a long-term volunteer opportunity, short term opportunities are available.
  • Be aware that many volunteer positions require bending, lifting, standing, walking or squatting. In addition, all volunteers must be able to communicate clearly and understand and comply with written and spoken instructions.
  • To ensure the safety of our pets, volunteers and staff members we perform a standard nationwide criminal background check on all potential volunteers. Prior felony convictions may prevent you from volunteering with us.

Adult Volunteers (18+)

Animal Humane offers a number of ways for adult volunteers (18+) to assist us in nearly every aspect of our organization. The list below is just a small sample of how you can help:

  • Walk dogs or socialize cats
  • Receive donations at our Thrift Shop
  • Assist our veterinary staff in our Donor-subsidized Veterinary Clinic
  • Join our educators as they speak to school groups
  • Answer phones and greet potential adopters

You will learn more about the many other ways that volunteers can get involved at our New Volunteer Welcome Session. Ready to start? Click on the Join Our Volunteer Team button above to get started.

Junior Ambassadors (16-17)

We are pleased to offer young adults, age 16 and 17, long-term volunteer opportunities (four hours monthly for at least six months) with our organization. Junior Ambassadors may volunteer in a number of different capacities, from answering phones and ringing up sales to assisting at special events.  Please note that only adult (18+) volunteers may work directly with our pets.

Volunteer Requirements
  • Junior Ambassadors must be at least 16 years old and may volunteer independently once they have attended a New Volunteer Welcome Session with a parent or guardian. (Children under 16 must volunteer with a parent; see our Children’s Volunteer Opportunities).
  • All Junior Ambassadors are required to attend a New Volunteer Welcome Session, accompanied by a parent or guardian. After this initial Welcome Session, Junior Ambassadors will be able to volunteer on their own. To begin the process of signing up for a Welcome Session, click on the Join Our Volunteer Team button above and follow the regular orientation steps.
  • All volunteers must have internet access and a valid email address.
  • Be aware that many volunteer positions require bending, lifting, standing, walking or squatting. In addition, all volunteers must be able to communicate clearly and understand and comply with written and spoken instructions.
  • If you need to complete a service project for school, please contact the Volunteer Manager . Do not begin the registration process until you have determined that completing the FULL volunteer process is the best option for you.
How It Works
Kids age 6 to 15 may read to the cats at our Main Campus location with your supervision. Because of the training involved we do ask that you and your child commit to at least six months with the Page Pals program.
Getting Started
All Page Pals parents will attend a two-hour orientation class, which is geared towards children 10 and older. The parent who comes to the orientation class must be the adult who accompanies the child each time he or she volunteers. To sign up for an orientation class, please follow these steps:

1. Choose an orientation date from the list to the right. For 2019, dates are available in February, May, June, September and November. Click on your chosen date and complete the application form.

2. Complete an online nationwide criminal background check by clicking here. All parents must complete a background check prior to attending a Page Pals orientation class. If the background check process has not been started within a week of signing up for the Page Pals orientation class, your name will be removed from the class list.

3. An $8.00 non refundable application fee, payable online via the link above, is required of all Page Pals volunteers.

Page Pals is a great way for kids to learn kindness and compassion toward animals and to discover the joys of volunteering. We hope you and your child consider becoming a Page Pals team!

Children’s Volunteer Opportunities (6-15)

Page Pals is open to youth ages 6 to 15 with parental supervision. Our Page Pals volunteers provide enrichment and reduce stress for cats, while at the same time strengthening reading skills, by reading out loud to our pets in both our Real Life Rooms and Cat Housing. Human interaction is one of the most important ways we keep our pets happy and healthy and you and your child can be an important part of this work.

Be sure to read and complete ALL steps in the Getting Started section to the left before signing up for your Page Pals orientation!

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Date/Time Event
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Page Pals Orientation November
Animal Humane New Mexico – Main Campus, Albuquerque New Mexico

Short Term or Group Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity or do you have a group of people who would like to volunteer? We offer events throughout the year where we welcome one-time school and corporate volunteer groups.

We often hold other special events and have special projects, such as gardening or helping to tidy our Thrift Shop, throughout the year. Please contact our Volunteer Manager if you are interested in volunteer opportunities for your group.

Areas of Need
  • Doggie Dash and Dawdle, held the first Sunday in November, is our biggest event of the year. We need literally hundreds of volunteers to ensure the success of the event. Large and small groups are welcome and people of most ages may assist at Doggie Dash.
  • Pet Health Fairs are held throughout the year and offer free vaccinations and information to targeted neighborhoods throughout the city. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, including assisting fair attendees with paperwork and answering questions and providing direction to fairgoers.
  • Our Pet Food Bank is open to the public on our Main Campus on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. Small (no more than 4 people) groups are needed to assist with bagging food and keeping the food bank area neat and tidy.
Volunteer Requirements
  • All members of the group must complete a waiver (if any volunteers in your group are under the age of 18, the waiver must also be signed by a parent or guardian).