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(n) – a person who voluntarily undertakes a service or duty
(v) – to offer or give voluntarily
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Every Creature Counts. Volunteers make a difference in our animals’ lives daily, whether it be through brushing one of our adoption cats or organizing a food drive. As a small organization trying to make a big difference, we consider our volunteers an essential component of what makes us work. We offer a flexible volunteer program, with many options for involvement. If we do not currently offer a volunteer opportunity that meets your availability, we will work with you to create options that work. We have set a lofty goal for ourselves, the eradication of pet overpopulation, and the more hands we have working toward that goal, the greater success we know can be achieved.
For a list of volunteer opportunities, which includes everything from staffing our adoption events to writing articles for our newsletter, click here.
We are always looking for dedicated volunteers. If you are ready to get involved,click here to download our application. Volunteer applications are processed within 24 to 48 hours, and you will receive a response within that time frame.
Questions? Contact us and we will do our best to match you with an opportunity that suits your interests and talents.
We can be reached via e-mail or via phone at 303/546-2704 ext. 7.
Get involved today! We’re happy to have you join our team.
Click on the links below to read more about each of our opportunites.
If you have ideas for an opportunity that is not currently offered, please let us know!
We are always looking for more ways to make a difference.
Animal Care & Companionship
Event Planning & Fundraising
Food Drives/Donation Jars
Animal Care & Companionship
The Animal Care & Companionship (ACC) volunteer opportunity is ideal for volunteers that are seeking hands on interactions with our dogs and cats. ACC volunteers increase our animals’ chances for adoption by providing necessary companionship through socializing, exercising, and grooming the animals. Volunteers also assist in maintaining a clean environment for our animals.
Dog ACC volunteers assist our dogs by keeping them socialized, exercised and looking their best (it’s amazing what a good brushing can do!). Dog ACC volunteers work with our Adoption Dogs at PetsMart (click here for a list of our partner PetsMart locations) and must be available at least once per week, for a minimum of a 30 minute period.
Cat ACC volunteers provide vital socialization to our cats while they are awaiting adoption and also help to keep our frisky felines looking beautiful and groomed. Cat ACC volunteers also work with out Adoption Cats at PetsMart (click here for a list of our partner PetsMart locations) and must be available at least once per week, for a minimum of a 30 minute period.
The Dog & Cat ACC volunteer opportunity is available to volunteers under 18 years of age, with parental consent.
S/N volunteers assist our veterinary technicians at our Spay/Neuter Clinic in Fort Lupton, by monitoring animals during recovery, following spay or neuter. S/N volunteers also assist in releasing animals to their owners, providing post-surgical instructions. Duties also include light grooming (brushing and nail-trimming) and cleaning. This is a physical volunteer experience and can be fast-paced. Volunteers must be able to lift at least 30 pounds and be on their feet for the duration of their shift. S/N Volunteers are needed seven days per week and must be available at least twice per month. Volunteer shift is from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Animal Transport (AT) volunteers transport dogs and cats from our Spay/Neuter Clinic in Fort Lupton to various PetsMarts and doggie daycares in the Denver-metro and Longmont areas. AT volunteers ensure that animals are checked in with the manager on-duty at the adoption location and are accompanied by appropriate paperwork. This position involves some cleaning, as AT volunteers prepare cages/kennels at adoption locations for animal drop off. Volunteers must be willing to use their own vehicle and have a valid driver’s license. Use of a digital camera is a plus, to take photos of adoption animals at the time of drop off. AT volunteers are needed seven days per week and must be available and least two times per month. Volunteer shift is from noon to 6:00pm, approximately.
AT volunteers are also needed to transport animals to and from Adoption Events.
Sanctuary Maintenance /Construction
Sanctuary Maintenance/Construction (SMC) volunteers assist with much needed upkeep and expansion at our facility in Fort Lupton. SMC volunteer activities include minor construction, landscaping, painting, sheetrocking, framing and fencing. This is a very physical position and volunteers should be able to lift 50 pounds and should be very comfortable around dogs. SMC volunteers are needed primarily on the weekends and should be available at least once per month.
Adoption Follow-up (AFU) volunteers contact recent adopters to check-in and address any questions or concerns the new forever family may have. Follow-ups are conducted once per week. AFU volunteers should have some knowledge of dog and cat behavior and feel comfortable on the phone. AFU volunteers must ensure that all responses to follow-up calls are addressed. AFU volunteers should be available at least once per month and must be willing to use their own phone.
Adoption Events (AE) volunteers staff our adoption events, assisting with set-up, break-down and during event activities such as walking, socializing and sitting with dogs and providing information regarding our adoption procedures and our organization. AE volunteers do not process adoption applications, but may assist potential adopters with the adoption process. AE volunteers are also need to transport animals to and from event locations. AE volunteers are needed as events are scheduled.
The AE volunteer opportunity is available to volunteers under 18 years of age, with parental consent.
Volunteers are needed to table at various events in the Denver-metro and Longmont areas throughout the year. Volunteers are responsible for set up, break down, and presentation of informational materials during the events. Volunteers should feel comfortable presenting information and fielding inquiries about Every Creature Counts. Volunteers are needed as events are scheduled.
Canned Food Drives/Donation Jars
Volunteers are needed to either organize event specific canned food drives, or manage food donation bins at their office/school. Volunteers are also needed to find homes for our donation jars in the Denver-metro and Longmont areas, and manage donation pick-ups. This is a great way to get involved for those that may not have time available to volunteer on a consistent basis!
Volunteers are always needed to assist in increasing our visibility and to contribute to our fundraising efforts. Volunteers are needed to cold-call potential donor sources, as well as assist our Fundraising team in planning events. If you have experience in event planning or fundraising, please join our team!
Volunteers are needed to take photos of our adoption animals at our PetsMart partner locations and doggie daycares. Photos will be posted on our website, in our adoptable animal pages. Volunteers are also needed to take photos of our sanctuary and permanent resident animals. Volunteers must be willing to use their own camera.
Volunteers are needed to write articles on various animal-related issues for our e-mail newsletter. Article topics will be provided as well as assistance with editing and proof-reading. Volunteers are also need to assist with grant writing. Please let us know if you have experience in this area!
Volunteers are needed to keep watch of current animal-related legislation (state and federal). Volunteers will submit synopsis of the legislation, and where it stands in the legislative process, for posting on our website. The more informed we are, the more we can aid our fellow creatures!
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