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 nearly 500 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.

Adult Volunteers (18+)

Animal Humane offers a number of ways for adult volunteers (18+) to get involved 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 the 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 get started? Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form below to be enrolled in our next available Welcome Session.

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.

Junior Ambassador Volunteers (ages 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. Welcome Sessions are held monthly and fill up quickly, so please reserve your spot by emailing our Volunteer Manager with your full name and the full name and email address of the adult who will be accompanying you.
  • 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.

We hope to see you at a New Volunteer Welcome Session soon!

Children’s Volunteer Opportunities (ages 6 to 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 their Real Life Rooms. 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.

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 below. For 2017, dates are available in February, May 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 an orientation class. If the background check process has not been started within a week of signing up for an 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!

Date/Time Event
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Page Pals Orientation - November 18
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.

  • 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.

We often hold other special events and have special projects, such as painting 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.

Group 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).

In 2016, approximately 413 active volunteers donated 40,304 hours to help the pets in our care, the equivalent of almost 20 full-time employees! Volunteers have been integral to our lifesaving efforts throughout our five-decade history. Thank you!

For Current Volunteers

Volunteer Log-In

Volunteer/Training Calendar

Mobile Event Sign Up

Outreach & Special Event Sign Up

Get Started

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

Our New Volunteer Orientation process is currently under construction for changes that will make becoming an Animal Humane volunteer as easy as possible for you. During this time, we are temporarily not accepting new applications.

However, if you are interested in being among the first notified when we unveil our new orientation system, please email us at the address below with your first and last name and best contact email address. You will receive an email from us when our brand new orientation process is ready to go. Alternatively, you can simply keep checking in on this page for updates!

Email [email protected]

On behalf of our pets – Thank you!