New Volunteers

New Volunteers

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Animal Humane New Mexico!

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently pausing our application process while we move to a new application and management software. Our next orientation will be scheduled for April 2020.

If you are interested in being notified when we begin accepting applications, please email [email protected]

We encourage you to still read through the below steps, to best prepare for what will come next when our application is available again!

To become an Animal Humane volunteer, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Watch our “We Are Animal Humane” video orientation below from the comfort of your own home! The video is approximately 20 minutes long. It will introduce you to what our shelter’s life-saving work does and how volunteers help support our mission. It will help you ensure that our programs are the best fit for your volunteering goals.

At the end of this video you will be prompted to click on a link to a short quiz on information from the orientation. Successful completion of the quiz will unlock our volunteer interest application. Complete the application to move to the next step!

As part of your application you will be acknowledging that you have read and agree to all items in the New Volunteer Paperwork (click to download). Please read all portions of the New Volunteer Paperwork PDF and check the box on the application to indicate that you have read and agree to our volunteer policies and procedures.

Step 2: After receiving your interest application, our Volunteer Department will email you a link to complete a background check using the Verified Volunteers website. All volunteers and staff at Animal Humane are required to complete this nation-wide background check.


Completing this step requires a non-refundable application fee for the cost of the background check. The fee starts at approximately $8 (fee may be higher depending on parameters of the check).

Step 3: Once your background check is completed, you will receive an invitation to our once-monthly New Volunteer Welcome Session! During the Welcome Session you will:

  • Learn more details about being an Animal Humane volunteer
  • Decide on your volunteer position
  • Sign up for any training required
  • Receive your Animal Humane volunteer badge

Please note: our next series of Volunteer Welcome Sessions will begin in April 2020.

We cannot wait to see you at an upcoming New Volunteer Welcome Session!

If you have any questions about our New Volunteer process, please email our team at [email protected]