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Do You Want To Help The Animals?

The Salt Lake County Animal Services Volunteer Program exists to support and enhance the goals of our shelter:

  • Serve our customers
  • Increase the number of shelter adoptions
  • Keep our shelter animals healthy, clean, safe, and happy
  • Encourage responsible pet ownership which includes licensing, spaying/neutering, and understanding the relevant local ordinances

    **Volunteers must be over 18 years of age to volunteer at the shelter. Please email animalvolunteer@slco.org for volunteer opportunities for children under the age of 18 or sign up for our Book Buddies Program, see below for details. 
Typical Volunteer Tasks

We are always in need of volunteers to help us at the shelter and at events in the community. On-going volunteer activities include:

  • Exercising and socializing animals
  • Grooming and training
  • Cleaning
 
Getting Started

To get started, please watch our Online Training Presentation.

After viewing the presentation, fill out and email the Interactive Questionnaire to our volunteer coordinator (using the link in the questionnaire) and she will contact you to set up training.

To save time at your one-on-one meeting, please print and bring a completed and signed volunteer application with you. If you do not have access to a printer, you may fill out the application at your appointment.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at the shelter.

Book Buddies for Children

Participate in our Virtual Book Buddies! This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for children and a way to sooth a shelter pet.

Space is limited and registration is required.

How Book Buddies Works:
Join us virtually at Salt Lake County Animal Services for a 10 minute reading session with an animal at the shelter! This is for beginning level readers and up.

It is hosted twice a week (except during holidays)
Mondays: 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Fridays: 2 PM - 3:30 PM

Participants will sign up for a specific 10 minute segment. Upon registration, the participant will receive an email with a Zoom link for the upcoming session. Parents, please help your child log into the meeting a few minutes before their scheduled time.

Register HERE. You will only be able to register 2 weeks in advance. 

Benefits:
The program will help children improve their reading skills AND will help the shelter pets with socialization. Animals find the rhythmic sounds of a voice very soothing. Similar programs at other shelters across the country have seen the benefits the program has to offer.

Questions? Email animalvolunteer@slco.org.

Group Volunteer Projects

Are you looking for a volunteer project for your business or community group? Please consider donating your time with us! We have lots of options for groups. Please email us for more information.

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Other Ways to Volunteer

There are always opportunities to help our agency, even for those who cannot work with animals.  Please tell us your skillset and we will find a place for you to help.  Do you have graphic design skills?  Technical skills? Office skills? Let us know! We would be glad to have you as a volunteer! Here are suggested volunteer opportunities that can be completed outside of the shelter.