Volunteer

Overview

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with AARF. As an almost all-volunteer run organization, we depend on the caring members of the community to achieve the goal of saving animals. Your involvement is a key component to our continuing success. If you are interested in getting involved, simply submit a volunteer application. No matter how much time you have or what skills you possess, we’re positive we can find a spot for you on our team!

If you don’t hear from us within a week, persist. It just means a lot is going on. We would LOVE to meet you and get you started.   

 The volunteer application has a long list of the many and varied opportunities, but here are a few of the more urgent needs:

  • AARF house helpers/cleaners

  • Design event flyers (formal training not necessary but should have design experience)

  • Cat and dog fostering

  • Cat adoption counselors

  • Helpers at AARF during vet checks (early evenings)

  • Assist with Saturday cat adoption fairs both at the AARF house and off-site locations


Come join our team today. All skill levels are welcome. We would love to meet you! Complete the application below to volunteer. If you don’t see what you were thinking about, we love new ideas.

 
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“I have been volunteering with AARF since 2013. Holding, cuddling, kissing cats, dogs, kittens and puppies is incredibly gratifying and fun! On the human side, the family of volunteers that have come together with this common bond of caring and helping lost and sick animals is remarkable. You feel part of a greater cause. The icing on the cake is when you help someone find their new family member and you watch them connect. All that hard work turns to pure joy. My life is continuously enriched through volunteering at AARF.”

— C.M., volunteer

Volunteer FAQs

 

Is there a minimum age?

18 years old, or 16 with a parent authorization
 

Do I need any experience to be a volunteer?

No, AARF is always looking for volunteers with any level of experience as long as they love animals! Some opportunities will require training. However, there are some volunteer opportunities that don’t even involve contact with the animals. Maybe you are allergic, but you want to help! We will make it work!
 

Can I decide how I want to help?

On the volunteer application, you can specify things that you might be interested in doing. We try to match your interests and skills to our currents needs.
 

Is there a training or orientation?

Yes, many volunteer opportunities require some training.  Depending on what you will be doing, there maybe a group training session. Some tasks require very specific knowledge of what to do, but many don’t. Before beginning any volunteer service you will receive full instruction and someone is always available to help.  

What happens if I get bitten or hurt while doing my volunteer work?

You immediately report the injury to your supervisor.
 

Ways to contact AARF to Volunteer

  • Call us (336) 768-PETS (7387). Someone will get back to you.

 
 
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311 Harvey Street | Winston-Salem, NC 27103 | (336) 768-PETS

AARF Volunteer Application and Agreement

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for AARF. As an almost all-volunteer run organization, we depend on the caring members of the community to achieve the goal of saving animals. Volunteering is a fun and rewarding experience:

  • Spend time with adoptable cats — fun for you and beneficial for them

  • Help homeless dogs and cats find their forever homes and families

  • Meet other people who share your passion for animals

  • Make a difference

  • We offer training, flexibility, and a wide variety of opportunities to match your interests and skills

If you are interested in getting involved, simply submit a volunteer application. No matter how much time you have or what skills you possess, we’re positive we can find a spot for you on our team!