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Individual Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dog Walking
  • Cat Care and Socialization
  • Kennel Cleaning
  • Social Media
  • Photography
  • General Shelter Care 
  • and so much more!


There are two ways to volunteer with our organization!

  • As a regular, dedicated volunteer (at least 4 hours per month)
  • As a Community Service Worker (court, school, clubs, church)

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. 
  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.

Getting Started!

Attend a volunteer 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.  

Volunteer applications will be distributed at orientation. 

Corporate/Business Group Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Friendship Animal Protective League! We are often approached by companies and their employees for group volunteer opportunities. Whether your company counts volunteer hours, or just provides you a chance to be involved in your community, we are happy to help facilitate your service hour needs! 

In order to volunteer with your corporate or business group, please fill out the volunteer request form below:

Service Hour Opportunities

If you need to complete a certain number of hours for school, an extracurricular activity or court, the first step is to come to our shelter to complete a community service application. 

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

Please note: services hours are animal care and cleaning tasks that do not involve animal handling. 

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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