Next volunteer orientation: Online
Any day of the week

Volunteer

Volunteers are critical to the success of APA! And APA! is critical to the success of keeping Austin no-kill! APA! Volunteers help support our programs so we can operate on a shoestring to save those groups of animals that would otherwise not be saved. Our programs support medically and behaviorally fragile pets like our neonatal kittens, parvo puppies, medical clinic, feline leukemia and ringworm catteries, and our large breed behavior dogs.

*Please note, at this time we are not offering community service hours for pending or completed court cases. DO NOT fill out a volunteer application or register for a general volunteer orientation.

Volunteers are required to:

  • Submit an online application, which includes signing a Volunteer Agreement and a Release and Waiver of Liability form
  • Complete an online general volunteer orientation session
  • Commit to a minimum of 6 hours of volunteer work per month
  • Be able to work independently and meet the essential capabilities of volunteers requirements.
  • If under 18:
    • 16-17 years old – both youth and parent/legal guardian must each submit an individual online application, complete an online general volunteer orientation, and provide a parent waiver prior to volunteering. Youth may volunteer without a parent/legal guardian once the above steps are completed.
    • 12-15 years old – both youth and parent/legal guardian must each submit an individual online application, complete an online general volunteer orientation, and provide a parent waiver prior to volunteering. Youth will need to volunteer with said parent/legal guardian at all times after the above steps are complete. Volunteer activities are limited for the purpose of safety.
    • under 12 years old – check out the local nonprofit Little Helping Hands, which hosts monthly youth activities for APA!
  • Attend additional training sessions as required by APA!
  • Treat animals in our care with kindness and concern for their welfare
  • Represent themselves and APA! in a professional manner and treat clients, staff, and other volunteers with respect

Volunteer Application

You must complete our Volunteer Application prior to being able to complete an online orientation. After submitting the application, you will receive an email with more information.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Orientation

Completing a general volunteer orientation is mandatory before you can volunteer for Austin Pets Alive!. You will receive an email containing a link to register for the online volunteer orientation session after you submit your application. Orientation will cover the goals and policies of the organization, as well as explaining volunteer opportunities.

There is a nonrefundable registration fee which includes an Austin Pets Alive! volunteer t-shirt. All attendees must register regardless of whether they are volunteering or accompanying a minor. The reservation fee schedule is as follows:

  • Youth (12-17): $20
  • Students (with ID): $20
  • Seniors (60+): $20
  • All others: $30

Note that the registration fee funds APA! programs, so if you are able to reserve a spot at the higher fee we appreciate the additional support. You will receive a link to register for a volunteer orientation session after you submit a volunteer application.

If the reservation fee constitutes a financial hardship for you, you may request a fee waiver by contacting email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Our general volunteer orientation is an online class, so you can complete your orientation on your own schedule! After you register you will receive an email the evening before your scheduled date with instructions on how to complete your orientation and the next steps to becoming a volunteer for Austin Pets Alive!.

Thank you again for your interest!

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering

What can I do as an Austin Pets Alive! volunteer?
How do I become an APA! volunteer?
Are there any ongoing requirements for volunteers?
I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?
I’m having problems with the volunteer application.
I completed the online application, now what?
Can I just come walk dogs?
I attended an orientation, now what?
I want to take a dog for a walk/run on the Lady Bird Lake Trail.
Can my group set up a service day?

What can I do as an Austin Pets Alive! volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities are constantly changing as we grow and develop new programs. Below are the categories for our opportunities. Click each to see a listing of current opportunities available to volunteers. Please note, many programs may require trainings to get started or have age limitations.

APA! Thrift

Our thrift store serves as an additional revenue source for APA! to help us meet our ever growing financial needs so we can continue to save the lives of those that are most vulnerable. We utilize volunteers in every aspect of store operations to help us keep our overhead low so more money goes to the animals. The store is located at 5801 Burnet Road and open 10am-6pm daily. *Must be 18+ years of age.

American Pets Alive!

American Pets Alive! (AmPA) is our annual national conference where individuals and shelters can come and learn from Austin’s no-kill leaders how to implement innovative, lifesaving programs in their communities or shelters.

At-Home

Cat Program

Dog Program

Events

Promote APA!’s mission, raise donations, and recruit volunteers, fosters, adopters, and donors at special events around town. Work at info tables and booths, and hang out with adoptable animals while representing Austin Pets Alive!. *Some events will have age limitations of 21+ years of age.

Medical

Support

How do I become an APA! volunteer?

Follow these steps to become an APA! volunteer:

  1. Fill out our Volunteer Application.
  2. Register for a volunteer orientation session (link provided after you submit application).
  3. Volunteer!

Are there any ongoing requirements for volunteers?

We ask that all volunteers commit to at least 6 hours per month of service. Our volunteer management system (myVolunteerPage.com) has a licensing fee for each user, so we regularly remove volunteers who do not actively volunteer each month. Volunteers who have not volunteered within a year will be asked to re-complete an orientation.

Additionally, we require all volunteers to adhere to the APA! Volunteer Policies. You must agree to these policies in order to submit a volunteer application. Any questions or concerns about the policies may be directed to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

I need to fulfill community service hours, what should I do?

At this time we are not offering hours for those seeking community service hours for a pending or completed court case.  Please check back at a later time.

If you are seeking community service hours for school, an organization, or personal pleasure, please follow the steps above for How do I become an APA! volunteer?. You will be in charge of any documentation, including tracking your volunteer hours on your own time sheet. You may request that an APA! supervisor initial your time sheet at the end of our volunteer commitment. If you require other documentation of your volunteer hours including APA! letterhead, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required before beginning your service.

I’m having problems with the volunteer application. How can I get help?

A common reason that an application fails to submit is if required fields are left blank. All items with a red asterisk must be completed. Also, each application must have a unique username. If you are trying to register multiple individuals with the same email address, you must start each application in the window on the left side of the screen. Upon entering a duplicate email address, you will see the following message:

The email address you entered is currently registered with an account in our system. If you think that this account belongs to you but have forgotten your username and password, you can have your login information reset and emailed to you by visiting the password reset page.

If you are sharing this email address with another person and wish to continue creating a new account, click “Save And Continue”.

Make sure you have entered a unique username, and click “Save and Continue” to fill out an additional volunteer application.

After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email with information on attending an orientation session. This is a very important email, as it contains pertinent details relating to orientation. If you don’t receive the email, that doesn’t necessarily mean your application wasn’t received. In most cases, if you don’t find the email in your regular inbox, it will be in your spam filter or junk mail folder because your email settings are not allowing email from Austin Pets Alive!

If you continue to have problems submitting your application or finding the email about orientation, please let us know by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required.

I completed the online application, now what?

Shortly after submitting the online application, you will receive an email prompting you to attend volunteer orientation. This is a very important email, as it contains a link to the orientation registration site, our volunteer handbook, and pertinent details relating to orientation. Please see the question above if you are having trouble with the application or the confirmation email.

Our orientation is only online! You will receive a link to register for a volunteer orientation session after you submit a volunteer application.  Once registered you will receive an instructional email the evening before your scheduled date about how to complete.  You will have 90 days from registration to complete.

Can I just come walk dogs?

Only trained APA! Dog walking volunteers may walk dogs. You will receive instructions on how to become a trained APA! dog walker when you attend volunteer orientation.

I attended an orientation, now what?

Log into your account at MyVolunteerPage.com to look for volunteer opportunities. At any time, whether a week or a year after orientation, you may email email hidden; JavaScript is required for information, direction, or other assistance related to APA! volunteering.

I want to take a dog for a walk/run on the Lady Bird Lake Trail, do I need to be trained to do that?

Yes, our behavior program volunteers can take approved dogs out on field trips, including (but not limited to!) the trail.

Can my group set up a service day?

We strongly encourage groups to become fully oriented volunteers by participating in our regular volunteer orientation process. Groups that are requesting regular scheduled shifts must proceed with the general volunteer orientation process.

Because of safety concerns for both people and pets, Group Volunteering is limited to groups of 10 people and will not involve animal handling. We are also limited on the number of un-oriented groups that can be on-site each month. If you are seeking a one-time group volunteering opportunity, please contact our Volunteer Groups Team at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

APA! depends on the generosity of our community. We encourage groups to set up a fundraising drive in place of a service day, as we are always in need of funds to run our operations and are limited in our capacity to host groups. We have many fundraising options and would love to help you find one your group can be passionate about. Please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required to learn more about our fundraising options.

Austin Animal Center welcomes groups too! Visit their website for more information.