Volunteer With Our Canine Friends

Become a dog volunteer and help our homeless pets. Your volunteer journey will be in levels beginning with Animal Experience (AX) ONE: Canine Care. As you complete each level, you will increase your shelter knowledge, dog handling skills and advance to the next level. Your time with our dogs is so incredibly important. You help us provide them with daily walks, socialization and enrichment to keep them happy and healthy and on their way to a fur-ever home.


AX ONE: CANINE CARE

As you get oriented to our shelter, you’ll learn how to provide our canine friends with excellent care by ensuring that they have clean living quarters, fresh water, clean bedding and plenty of enrichment items. There is not any independent animal handling during this introductory level.

Some of the ways you’ll help:

  • Clean kennels
  • Assist with replenishing water
  • Help with dishes and laundry to ensure our canine friends have fresh, clean dishes, beds and linens
  • Make, deliver and restock enrichment items in animal areas
  • Create a Bark Free Zone with Behind the bar (in kennel) enrichment activities

Complete 15 hours in AX ONE to advance to AX TWO

AX TWO: CANINE ENRICHMENT

Walk the walk and talk the talk (with dogs that is). As an AX TWO: Canine Enrichment volunteer, you will work hands-on with dog handling and socialization.

Some of the ways you’ll help:

  • Walk small to large shelter dogs (except “Level 3” dogs)
  • Take approved dogs to run/play in the play yards
  • Trick training
  • Provide individual and group enrichment
  • Create a Bark Free Zone with Behind the bar (in kennel) enrichment activities
  • Assist with bathing and basic grooming (Sunnyslope Campus only)

Complete 30 hours in AX TWO to advance to AX THREE

AX THREE: CANINE ADVANCED

Learn how to walk and socialize our dogs who require advanced canine handling skills (“Level 3” dogs). These dogs could be physically challenging to get in and out of kennels, reactive, dog-aggressive, high arousal, shy/fearful or kennel stressed. They need extra care, patience and handling skills to ensure the safety of the pets and the volunteers. You’ll also provide these pets with socialization and enrichment.

Complete 30 hours in AX THREE to advance to specialized areas.

SPECIALIZED AREAS: BEHAVIOR

Provide care for our pets under behavior evaluation. Work with under-socialized or reactive dogs needing behavior modification/training. These ares require completion of AX ONE-THREE and an interview with staff.

SPECIALIZED AREAS: PROTECTIVE CUSTODY

Provide care for our pets under protective custody. Socialize dogs who may have suffered abuse or neglect while their owner awaits trial. These ares require completion of AX ONE-THREE and an interview with staff. For protective custody cases, volunteers will also need to pass a background check and drug screening.


Dog Volunteering Locations

Sunnyslope Campus
9226 N. 13th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
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Campus for Compassion
1521 W. Dobbins Road
Phoenix, AZ 85041
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The Shoppes at Norterra
2450 W. Happy Valley Road #1149
Phoenix, AZ 85085
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Scottsdale PetSmart
4380 N. Miller Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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