Thank you for Getting Involved!

How Do Volunteers Help?

There are many different things to do at Friendship APL! Volunteers may help with:

·         Dog Walking
·         Cat Care and Socialization
·         Cleaning of cages and kennels in the morning 
·         Social Media
·         Photography
·         General Shelter Care (gardening, maintenance, etc.)
·         Laundry
·         Monthly Pet Food Bank
·         Fundraising and Events
·         Adoption Counseling

 Below are our requirements to help:

  1. Ages 10-15 (Junior): A parent or guardian must sign the waiver, accompany, and remain with the volunteer while on duty for both programs and events. The parent or guardian who will accompany the Junior Volunteer to the shelter must also attend orientation.
  2. Ages 16 to 17 (Young Adult):  A parent or guardian must sign the volunteer waiver and should be available by telephone whenever the volunteer is at the shelter.  We would also like their parent or guardian to attend orientation so they can understand the expectations of and opportunities afforded to Young Adult Volunteers.
  3. Ages 18 and up (Adult): No limitations.

For safety reasons, children under the age of 10 are not permitted to volunteer or accompany volunteers for their volunteer shift.

There are three ways to volunteer your time at Friendship APL:

·         As a regular, dedicated volunteer (at least 4 hours per month)
·         As a Community Service Worker (court, school, clubs, church)
·         As part of a business or civic group

Volunteer Program

For volunteers, we do ask a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month. (If you are only getting hours for school/ church/ a club, please fill out the Community Service Worker application instead. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR REGULAR ORIENTATION.)


Volunteers must attend an orientation before they are able to begin volunteering. Orientations are held once a month. Please find the Orientation Sign Up Link below.  YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR ORIENTATION. We will be checking names at the orientation and if you did not sing up you will not be allowed to attend. If you are looking to volunteer with your child you DO need to sign up in separate slots. Do not worry if you go to sign up for the orientation and it is full, we will have one the next month. 

Volunteer applications will be distributed at orientation. YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE AN APPLICATION COMPLETED WHEN YOU SHOW UP.


Community Service Workers

If you need to complete a certain number of hours for school, an extracurricular activity or court, the first step is to complete the Community Service Application.

Community Service hours are tracked separately from regular volunteer hours, since these hours have to be reported to an outside agency.

Once your application is received, our Volunteer Coordinator will email you with instructions about starting your Community Service work.


Questions about the volunteer program or Community Service Programs should be sent  via email.

Friendship APL

Friendship APLWe are a private, independent, non-profit humane society founded in Elyria, Ohio. We proudly own and operate the largest animal shelter in Lorain County.

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