Bring home a dog for a night or more, we supply everything you will need.
The Animal Adoption Center relies on dedicated volunteers to help us move our mission forward. Volunteers make up the majority of our workforce, from daily care of the cats, keeping our facility clean, and most importantly, fostering. We are so grateful to the volunteers who make our mission of saving homeless dogs and cats possible.
Volunteer positions and opportunities are established based on what help is needed at the AAC. Our volunteer schedule is consistently full and when shifts open up we reach out to volunteer applicants to fill the position. Volunteer shifts are usually once a week, morning or evening. Ideally a new volunteer will be able to come in consistently for several weeks or months. If you are interested in volunteering you can submit a volunteer application and we will reach out to you if you are a good fit for one of our available volunteer positions.
Youth volunteer opportunities vary throughout the year. Youth volunteers are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 18. If you are interested in one of our youth positions please fill out an application and we will be in touch if there is an available slot.
No volunteer slots available? There are many other ways to help the AAC without physically coming in to volunteer. Share our posts on social media, collect toys or food to donate, bring in towels to help us with cleaning, and spread the word about the importance of adopting a shelter pet!
How can you help?
Clean, feed, water, groom, play and socialize with the cats.
Help us keep the facility clean and welcoming.
Help transport dogs from shelters or rescues to the AAC.
Lend a hand assisting with maintenance, landscaping, and construction projects.
Questions? Call 307-739-1881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bring home an adoptable dog and help them in their journey to a forever home!
The AAC is always in need of foster homes and the more homes we have, the more lives we can save. Without the help of foster caregivers we would be forced to turn away many pets that need our help. Thank you for your interest in helping us rescue more animals by being a foster!
What is a foster parent?
The Animal Adoption Center relies on the generosity of foster parents to provide loving and temporary homes for the dogs in our program. Dogs do not stay overnight at our facility so foster homes are where they spend the majority of their time until they find their perfect forever home! Foster parents provide an in-home experience which helps prepare the dogs for placement with their future adoptive family by giving them the opportunity to learn valuable household manners. Additionally, foster parents help us understand each animal’s particular needs and determine the best long term placement for each dog. Adoptable dogs are in their foster home full time and only come in to the AAC to switch to a new foster or to meet a potential adopter! Their lives are filled with love and adventure until their forever family finds them.
What is involved?
The AAC provides an overnight bag with everything the dog will need for their foster period. This includes food, treats, toys, a bed, a crate, and anything else that a specific dog may need. Sometimes we need a foster for just a night or two, other times we are looking for someone to take a dog for up to a few weeks. Some fosters sign on to a dog as their long term foster until they are adopted. We welcome anyone who is interested in becoming a foster parent whether it is just for a night or two or longer term.
Why are foster parents needed?
Some animal shelters are forced to euthanize hundreds of healthy and friendly animals each day to make space for the new ones coming into the shelter. Foster parents maximize the number of pets who can be saved by playing an indispensable role in preparing dogs for their future homes. It is a truly rewarding way to help an animal in need. Each time a dog stays at a foster parent’s home, we are able to learn more about the dogs personalities; their likes/dislikes, their optimal living environment, as well as any potential issues or quirks that we may need to address. The dogs benefit immensely from the individual attention, affection, socialization and additional exposure to the public that foster homes offer. In addition, fostering is the best way for potential adopters to get to know a particular dog better without any commitment until they find that perfect match! Want to understand why foster programs are beneficial to shelters? Here is a study proving that foster programs do indeed help homeless dogs find their forever families quicker and allows shelters to save more lives!
What animals need fostering?
Dogs and puppies stay in foster care until they are adopted. Puppies require extra love, attention and structure as well as longer term foster care to ensure they are healthy before being available for adoption. Puppy fostering is a great way to discover whether or not you are ready for the responsibility of raising a young dog. Periodically the AAC needs cat foster parents to provide a kitty or litter of kittens with health or behavioral concerns with a little extra love and attention.