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Volunteer at North Shore Animal League America

//Volunteer at North Shore Animal League America
Volunteer at North Shore Animal League America 2018-08-06T12:55:50+00:00

Join the more than 300 volunteers who have done 82,000 hours. At Animal League America, we could not perform all of the hands-on work that we do without the help of an incredible team of dedicated volunteers.

In addition to possessing an abundant love for all animals, volunteers must be able to volunteer between 2 and 4 hours per week, be at least 16 years of age, attend training classes, be interviewed at a Volunteer Open House, and fully support all of Animal League America’s policies and philosophies.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers in the adoption center can help in the following areas: dog walking, socialization, feeding, cleaning, grooming, rescue, basic health care, training and obedience, adoption counseling, mobile adoption assistant, answering telephones, and making follow-up phone calls to adopters.

Volunteers in the medical center can help in the following areas: dog walking, socialization, vet tech aide, administrative assistant (includes record keeping, answering telephones, filing, scheduling appointments, etc.).

Can’t make it to our Port Washington campus? Then become a virtual volunteer! You can start a fundraiser or become an Anipal.

Did you know that it costs an average of about $1,000 to prepare a homeless pet for adoption. Special needs animals cost much, much more. Because we receive no government funding, and precious little corporate support, we rely almost exclusively on individual donations and special events to support our lifesaving work. Volunteers aid our essential fundraising activities immensely, particularly helping out at our special events here at the Animal League, like the Pet Adoptathon™ and Family Fun Days. Our events, and even office work, are always fun for everyone involved!

As a no-kill shelter, we make a commitment to care for all animals in need. As a result, we always have a group of special animals that need a level of individual care that is difficult to provide in a shelter environment, or the very small number of animals that have been in the shelter for an extended period of time that would benefit from a period of home care. All animals placed in foster care continue to receive the full range of services from the Animal League. Learn more.

Teen Volunteer Program

North Shore Animal League America’s Teen Volunteer Program gives high school students (ages 16-18) the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens awaiting responsible, loving homes at our Port Washington, N.Y. campus.

Teen Volunteers are asked to commit two hours each week for six months to assisting our shelter staff in the adoption center with various tasks like cleaning cages, feeding and giving water to the animals, participating in enrichment and socialization activities, and creating bonds with grateful shelter pets that will last a lifetime.

There are many reasons why teens should be excited about joining the Teen Volunteer Program at Animal League America. They’ll quickly learn that the work they are doing is not only meaningful and life-changing for our animals, but can have a major impact on their own lives, as well. Besides being a great addition to a college application or a resume, it can also:

  • Provide the vital skills necessary to properly care for future pets
  • Teach responsibility and improve work ethic
  • Encourage empathy and create kind, compassionate young adults
  • Improve self-awareness
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Make a life-changing impact on countless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens
  • Cultivate a service learning experience by providing optimal care for our rescue animals, while learning the importance of socialization, enrichment, and shelter functions

Contact us directly at 516-883-7900, EXT 329, or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Other Ways to Make an Impact

Students of all ages can help us create better lives for our deserving Mutt-i-grees at their own pace from wherever they live! Members of churches, temples, scout troops, sports teams, and all other community organizations and clubs from all areas of the country can create fundraisers or supply drives in support of Animal League America’s lifesaving mission.

Even the smallest contribution can create a world of difference in the lives of homeless animals. Below is a list of items you can donate to our shelter that will enrich the lives of all the animals we care for here.

Items for Collection

  • Newspapers
  • Towels
  • Brushes/combs (cat and dog)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Small blankets
  • Crates
  • Metal food/water bowls
  • Large metal serving spoons
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Pet carriers (new)

For Cats

  • Small kitty litter boxes
  • Kitty litter
  • Cat toys
  • Soft cat treats
  • Scratching posts

For Dogs

  • Dog Beds
  • Kong toys or Nylabones (no squeaker toys please)
  • Milk Bone dog biscuits

Contact us directly at 516-883-7900, EXT 329, or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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