IT’S EASY TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR LA ANIMAL SERVICES !

We are looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of the abandoned and orphan animals in our care. We need friendly, outgoing and personable volunteers to assist the public and work with the staff in our Animal Shelters and at off-site adoption events.

To become a volunteer with LAAS, please submit an application by mail to the address listed on the application.

A volunteer liaison will call you to schedule an orientation. Orientations are held twice a month at each of our six Animal Shelters. Click here to locate an Animal Care Shelter near you.

ATTENDING AN ORIENTATION – We will e-mail you a confirmation of your request to attend a specific orientation. Attending an orientation is extremely important. It is the time to learn our policies, procedures and programs, learn about basic animal behavior, and gain a thorough understanding of the many ways you can truly make a difference – and ultimately help find homes for the animals in our Animal Care Shelters. You may choose to work with any or all of our animal populations: dogs, cats, rabbits, exotics and/or livestock.

VOLUNTEER TIME COMMITMENT – Once you have attended an orientation, you can set your own schedule. We are open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 8 am – 5 pm. Individual shelters may have additional volunteer hours for experienced volunteers. When you have the free time, just drop in on us when it is convenient for you during our open hours. Only a few positions require advance scheduling (such as Customer Care Greeter and Mobile Volunteer).

AGE RESTRICTIONS/COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS – Due to insurance restrictions, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age (sorry, no exceptions). If 16-17, a parent or guardian must be present to attend the initial 3-hour orientation and then execute the necessary forms on the minor’s behalf. Due to the amount of training involved with becoming a volunteer, LAAS is not set up for volunteers who need to meet short-term (i.e., 10-20 hours) school community service requirements. Community service hours will not be reported for any school or community organization until after 30 hours of community service has been completed by the volunteer. For students seeking short term volunteer opportunities to meet minimal school requirements, special arrangements may be made with the Volunteer Liaison at each Animal Shelter as the need for short term assistance is occasionally required.

VOLUNTEERING IS FUN AND REWARDING – Just call 323-224-2350
or email us at
ani.volunteers@lacity.org and join the fun and start making a difference!

YOUR WORK IS VALUED AND VALUABLE – LAAS recognizes the contributions made by volunteers and is committed to providing a volunteer program that offers challenging opportunities where volunteers can truly make a difference in the lives of the animals LAAS cares for, and fostering a collaborative and supportive environment.

NOT ENOUGH TIME? OTHER WAYS TO HELP! – We appreciate that many people would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless and abandoned animals, but may not have the time to commit to volunteering.

There are many ways to help:

Your tax-deductible donations help support the important work of LAAS. Last year LAAS received and cared for thousands of lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted pets; adopted nearly 16,400 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets to new loving families; reunited nearly 4,400 lost pets with their families; fostered nearly 570 animals; and transferred nearly 11,200 to our New Hope Rescue Partners to find quality homes. LAAS also spayed and neutered all dogs, cats and rabbits before they were transferred to a New Hope Partner or an adoptive family, provided thousands of vouchers and/or free services through our Spaymobile Program, and investigated numerous cases of animal abuse. Click here to Donate Now !

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? – Please e-mail your question to ani.volunteers@lacity.org

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