“Wherever we’re needed, we’re there.”

Roberta Allen, a West End Shelter for Animals volunteer, discusses the importance of volunteers, what’s involved, and how to become one. Thank you, Roberta. We appreciate everything you do for us!

Can I volunteer, and how do I get started?

Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

Have some extra time to “love-up” some dogs and cats?? West End would LOVE to have you help bring our pets some much needed attention! Here’s how you can join our VOLUNTEER TEAM:

* As safety of our pets and volunteers is of the HIGHEST IMPORTANCE, West End provides an introduction to help each volunteer enjoy their experience with each of our pets!

* Volunteer Orientation

Required: Monthly Training Dates with a Professional Dog Trainer help each volunteer to be comfortable with dogs (Please call West End Office for dates – (909 - 947-3517)). Each orientation will begin at the West End Office.

* Orientation for Cats: This orientation takes place during the regular work hours at West End. Each day – EXCEPT FOR WEDNESDAYS – during the hours of 10 am – 5 pm.

* AFTER Volunteer Orientation: You will be paired with a helpful Volunteer Mentor who has years of experience to share. Many different appointment times and dates will be offered to work with cats, as well as small and large dogs. The best time slots to sign-up/work with a Volunteer Mentor are within the following days/timeframes: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

* Your help is the best “key” to helping each of our pets to be adopted!!!

Download the Volunteer Application Form (PDF).

If you are interested in helping in any of these areas, please give us a call at 909.947.3517, and also fill out the application below. When you’re done (make sure you answered all questions), fax it to 909.947.3530 or visit our office. We look forward to meeting and working with you.

Please be aware that all new volunteers are required to attend an orientation meeting.

Comments from our West End Veteran Volunteers

“I’ve been a volunteer for about 10 years and the reason I do it is because every animal needs to feel loved after they have been released to us for whatever reason. And, the big plus is that I get that love returned to me every time I come. I like volunteering because I have no dogs of my own and volunteering gives me the opportunity to interact with dogs of every size and breed. More importantly, it gives the dogs affection and playtime which, in turn, helps make them more adoptable.” C.C.

“I’ve been a volunteer for about 10 years and the reason I do it is because every animal needs to feel loved after they have been released to us for whatever reason. And, the big plus is that I get that love returned to me every time I come.” G.C.

“At first, I was so afraid that I would want to take home every dog at West End. Working with two exceptional Veteran Volunteers for over a year helped me understand that each dog has special needs for a “forever home” and that I wasn’t the “best fit” for all dogs (I also have the city limit of my own pups at home!). So my “work” was to socialize and give affection to all dogs, in preparation for their new owners. My husband and I have adopted our dogs from West End for 25 years! Each dog we adopted became our “best friend”! So when I retired, volunteering at West End came as a natural place to enjoy my time and feel that I’m helping pets become adoptable! Come join our Volunteer Team!!” H.R.

“Cats are an important part of my life! They bring me great joy! Bianca, the Cat House Assistant, is absolutely the most knowledgeable person about EACH CAT! She’s amazing and helps each volunteer learn how to handle the cats as well as learn to help in keeping the cat dens clean.” A.L.