Dog walking shifts must be scheduled in advance, online. I will email a scheduling link on a weekly basis based on our dog population. If we have enough walkable dogs, we will email the link on Fridays. If we don’t have many walkable dogs, I will not send the link, as we can utilize staff to walk the dogs. Even though you are scheduling a shift ahead of time, we still ask that you call us at 970-947-9173 before heading up to the shelter to ensure we still have a dog that can go. We’ve been doing quite a few adoptions recently!
When you arrive for your shift, our front door will be unlocked, leading into our foyer. You will find a “Dog Walk Sign In” form on the table in the foyer. Please fill this out with your name and the time you arrive. Then knock on the door and a staff member will assist you. We will either bring the dog outside for you, or hand the dog to you in our foyer area. When you come back from your walk, knock again and a staff member will bring the dog back to it’s room. Please abide by all dog walking rules listed in the volunteer orientation and manual.
Sign up for dog walking shifts HERE. If the link says “no appointments available”, that means we have not sent the link out that week, or all shifts for that week have been filled. If a date is grayed out that means there are no shifts available that day.
CAT ENRICHMENT AND TLC:
Cat Enrichment and TLC shifts must be scheduled in advance, online.
When you arrive for your shift, our front door will be unlocked, leading into our foyer. You will find a “Cat Enrichment Sign In” form on the table in the foyer. Please fill this out with your name, date, and the time you arrive. Then knock on the door and a staff member will let you in.
We have taken some time to rethink our “Cat TLC” volunteer opportunity, and made some slight tweaks to ensure each cat is receiving the daily enrichment they need, in addition to being pet. Our solution was a weekly “Cat Enrichment Log”. Each cat will have an enrichment log sheet. The animal’s specific enrichment needs will be highlighted on the sheet. Some of the enrichment exercises can be completed only once per day, while others can be completed twice, or possibly more. Before interacting with the cats, please check the enrichment sheet! Our goal is to ensure that enrichment exercises aren’t being repeated too many times, or being skipped altogether between volunteer shifts. If you complete an enrichment, please make a check mark on the sheet. That way the next volunteer who comes in knows what’s been done and what still needs to be completed! The enrichment log lives on the kitchen island counter in the downstairs kitchen. There is a cat enrichment key on the board behind the kitchen island that explains what each enrichment exercise is (details can be found in the volunteer manual). If you need assistance, our staff will be here to help.
Sign up for Cat Enrichment and TLC shifts HERE. I recommend bookmarking this link for future use, as it’s always live and we do not typically send it weekly like the dog walking link. If a date is grayed out that means there are no shifts available that day.
DAY HIKE WITH A DOG:
Please call the shelter at 970-947-9173 the morning of the day you want to do your hike to ensure we have a dog that can go. There are times that we don’t have a dog that would be good on a hike (dog-dog aggression, stranger danger issues, etc.). If it’s your first time taking a dog on a hike from our facility, we will need a copy of your driver’s license the first time you come. When you arrive, our front door will be unlocked, leading into our foyer. You will find a “Dog Walk Sign In” form on the table in the foyer. Please fill this out with your name and the time you arrive. Then knock on the door and a staff member will assist you. We will either bring the dog outside for you, or hand the dog to you in our foyer area. When you come back from your hike, knock again and a staff member will bring the dog back to it’s room.
You can pick a dog up anytime after 10:30 a.m. and they must be back to the shelter at least 45 minutes prior to closing.
Our shelter hours are:
Monday CLOSED (but you can still take a dog for a hike if we have one. The dog would need to be back by 3:45 on Mondays)
The dog must always remain on leash, and we ask that you keep the dog away from any other dogs you might see while on your hike.
Our Foster Care Program is somewhat separate from the rest of our volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in fostering and haven’t already filled out our Foster Care application, please do so HERE. Our Programs Director will get back to you with more information!
Although we haven’t been doing as many in-person events since covid, we are starting to do small adoption and community outreach events again! We always need help with these. Now that you have completed our online orientation, you will be placed on the “active volunteer” email list, and I will send out emails as we have events that we need assistance with. If you have the time to help, please just respond to the email. If you don’t, there’s no need to respond, you can just wait for the next opportunity!
The transport position involves traveling to other shelter/partner locations within Colorado (and sometimes beyond) to pick up animals and bring them back to C.A.R.E. for adoption. These partners usually ask for our assistance if they are having trouble placing animals or have a large population. You can drive one of our transport vans, or your own vehicle if it is large enough for the specific transfer we are doing (we’ll reimburse you for gas). When we need assistance, we will either call/email you directly to see if you are available, or I’ll sometimes send out a mass email.
If you are interested in participating in this position, please fill out the brief questionnaire HERE asking basic details regarding your availability, travel distance preferences, and vehicle size.