Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers are essential to our lifesaving mission. In order for you to get the most out of your experience at APA!, there are a few requirements we ask volunteers to meet.

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Volunteer Orientation and Onboarding

Orientation and onboarding is required before you can begin volunteering within a specific program of Austin Pets Alive!. Our Volunteer Matching Team will be in contact with you within 24 hours of your application being submitted to help guide you to activities that best fit your commitment level, availability, and interests, all while helping us meet our organizational goals. At this time you will also receive the link to register for the online volunteer orientation session. Orientation will cover the goals and policies of the organization, as well as explain volunteer opportunities.

Orientation Fees

There is a non-refundable registration fee which includes an Austin Pets Alive! volunteer t-shirt. Regardless of whether you are volunteering or accompanying a minor, everyone must register. If the reservation fee constitutes a financial hardship for you, you may request a fee waiver by contacting us.

$20

Youth

Age 12-17

$30

Adults

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Requirements

  • Submit an online application, which includes signing a volunteer agreement and a Release and Waiver of Liability form.
  • Get matched by our Volunteer Matching Team.
  • Complete an online general volunteer orientation session.
  • Attend an in-person tour of our TLAC facility.
  • Sign up and volunteer for three Jump Start (essential shelter help) activities at the TLAC facility prior to participating in the various APA! volunteer opportunities.
  • Be able to work independently and meet the volunteer requirements – including the essential capabilities of our volunteers.
  • Attend additional training sessions as required by APA!.
  • Volunteer at least monthly.
  • Treat all animals with kindness and concern for their welfare.
  • Represent themselves and APA! in a professional manner and treat clients, staff, and other volunteers with respect.

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Age Restrictions

If a volunteer is between the ages of 12-17:

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

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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.

Online Application    Parent Waiver

Under 12 years old

While APA! recognizes that many bright minds in this age group have a philanthropic urge to help animals, APA! does not allow anyone under the age of 12 to volunteer. We encourage individuals to check out the local nonprofit Generation SERVE, which hosts monthly youth activities for APA!.
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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.

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