Volunteer at North Shore Animal League America

//Volunteer at North Shore Animal League America
Volunteer at North Shore Animal League America2020-07-08T10:19:38+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.

Please Note: Volunteers must complete a criminal background check before being approved for assignment. Volunteers will be ineligible to enter the volunteer program if a background check shows any history of violent crimes, animal abuse/neglect, or drug-related charges. North Shore Animal League America reserves the right to deny eligibility to the volunteer program for any other criminal history not listed here.

Temporary Hold on Volunteer Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in North Shore Animal League America’s Volunteer Program.  Due to COVID-19, we will only be recruiting for a limited number of volunteer positions in our adult volunteer program (18+) at this time. We hope to resume Volun-TEEN recruitment this fall. 

As a reminder, we ask that all adult volunteers commit to four hours a week, same day, same shift, every week for an entire year.  If you have a passion for assisting one-on-one with our felines or canines, and are comfortable with cleaning and socializing our rescue pets, we encourage you to apply to one of the positions below!


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

For more information, contact us directly at 516-883-7900, EXT 329, or e-mail to [email protected], or fill out the online volunteer application.

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. All items for collection should be new and unused.

Items for Collection

  • Newspapers
  • Towels
  • Brushes/combs (cat and dog)
  • Blankets
  • Large metal serving spoons
  • Paper towels
  • Small hard plastic pet carriers
  • Kuranda beds

For Cats

  • Kitty litter boxes-all sizes, not hooded
  • Cat toys
  • Cat treats
  • Small disposable cardboard scratching posts
  • Hooded cat beds

For Dogs

  • Dog beds
  • Wee wee pads
  • Kong toys
  • Nylabones toys and bones
  • Milk Bone dog biscuits
  • Soft dog treats
  • Peanut butter

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

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