Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter! Without our volunteers, we would not be able to serve the community and the number of animals we intake. Giving your time here at the shelter is not easy. It is messy and exhausting and, sometimes, heart wrenching, but the unconditional love you receive from the animals and genuine gratitude from the staff makes all the work rewarding in remarkable ways. We are looking for people who have the drive to make a difference and the time to do so. Volunteering is a huge commitment, but you will learn new skills and become apart of a wonderful, fun community of like-minded individuals. Through your dedication to the volunteer program, you have the power to change an animal’s life for the better.
FOR ALL VOLUNTEER, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND EVENT INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT KELSEY DWYER AT (406) 294-1137 OR ACTIVITIES.COOR@YVAS.ORG. THANK YOU!
All volunteers at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter must be 10 years of age or older. No exceptions to this policy will be made. Any persons between the ages of 10-15 years whom wish to volunteer must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, including orientations and trainings. Volunteer opportunities/tasks may be limited due to safety for persons between the ages of 10-15 years old. Persons between the ages of 16 and 17 years old may volunteer on their own with parental/guardian consent. Reliable transportation to the shelter is a must. The agency requires a minimum of 1 to 3 hours per week, depending upon the volunteer position.
What will we be asking of you as a volunteer?
- Volunteering is a serious commitment. We cannot run the shelter without you; your volunteer schedule is just as important as any of our staff members.
- Please have the time and availability to commit to volunteering for at least four months.
- Attend required training sessions for your interests/volunteer role(s)
- Commit to volunteering six hours a month
- Support our philosophies and policies inside and outside the shelter
- Be honest and realistic with us and with yourself concerning your needs, wishes and availability.
- Have fun!!!
Community service & volunteering as a group for school, work or community organization
YVAS accepts a limited number of community service individuals. If you are assigned to complete community service at the shelter, it is YOUR responsibility to contact our Activities Coordinator to set up your service. Community service individuals help staff with the basic upkeep of the shelter.
We love having groups come to the shelter to do various projects! In the past, volunteer groups have helped us paint dog shades, put together animal goodie bags, made cat toys, stuffed dog Kongs, and more! We can also arrange a tour, dog talk and/or cat talk. Groups must be limited to 10 people. All groups wishing to volunteer MUST schedule a day and time in advance. We do not do tours before 11am. To schedule a group day at the shelter please contact our Activities Coordinator.
These volunteer positions support day-to-day operations. These positions mainly have contact with the animals and with visitors. Options for volunteering in the shelter include, but are not limited to, the following positions.
Learning the basics of volunteering is the foundation on which you will build an enriching experience here at the shelter. Every volunteer must go through our Shelter 101 program and complete a minimum of four hours before they can branch out into different roles. Shelter 101 teaches the basic day to day functions of the shelter. There are two teams, the Front Office Team and the Animal Maintenance Team. Volunteers will be assigned a team after the volunteer interview. Shelter 101 is a probationary period in which individuals will see if volunteering at the shelter is a right fit for both themselves and YVAS.
9-Lives is a team of self-directed volunteers committed to improve the general living experience of all cats at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter. Volunteers provide basic care and human contact for cats that are healthy and adjusted as well as cats who are sick or behaviorally challenged. Volunteers provide gentle socialization for cats that may otherwise fall very ill or are unable to present well to the public because of environmental stress.
Volunteers also work with staff to evaluate cats for our ‘Meet Your Match’ program, which is a system developed by the ASPCA that assists potential cat parents with finding the right cat for them so they are less likely to be returned to the shelter. Multi-tasking and a kind, caring manner towards cats and potential adopters is required.
Contact Activities Coordinator Kelsey Dwyer for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-294-1137.