Wenmdy Norris

Volunteer Wendy Norris comforts a new arrival at Friendship APL.

Thanks for wanting to help at Friendship APL!

**Volunteer Orientation is Suspended Temporarily. Please check this site for updates**

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 (8:30am – 10:30am)
·         Social Media
·         Photography
·         General Shelter Care (gardening, maintenance, etc.)
·         Laundry
·         Monthly Pet Food Bank
·         Fundraising and Events
·         Adoption Counseling
·         Animal Intake

Below are our age 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 (who can come at least 4 hrs per month  on a regular basis)
·         As a Community Service Worker who must complete a specific number of hours for court/ school/ club, etc or can only help for a limited amount of time.
·         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 available to help during the summer or need hours for school/ church/ a club, please fill out the Community Service Worker application instead. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR REGULAR ORIENTATION.)

The first step to volunteering is to sign up for a micro-orientation.

Volunteers must attend a micro-orientation and, based on availability, are paired with senior volunteer mentors for immediate training.  These Orientations are capped at 7 attendees (a Junior Volunteer paired with an Adult volunteer will count as one attendee).  YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION. Links to preregister will be posted both to our website and our Facebook page.

Orientation for those interested in working with Dogs will be held the first Saturday of every month and will last no more than 30 minutes.  Orientation times will be 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Orientation for those interested in working with Cats will be held the third Saturday of every month and last no more than 30min. Orientation times will be 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Orientation attendees will be emailed a link to complete a Volunteer Application. Please do not submit an application until you are confirmed to attend orientation.

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.