Things YOU can do as a Special Pals volunteer:

*Take pictures of adoptable animals to post on social media, like Dalia and Cookie!

dalia Cookie

*Do a special project!

Special project

*Walk a dog!

Walk a dog


Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer of the Year 2013 Shelly Piehl

Shelly Piehl started volunteering at Special Pals in October 2012. Her efforts and contributions have had such a positive impact on the shelter, helping us improve and carry out our mission. She has consistently cleaned the lobby every Tuesday and Thursday, trained new volunteers and staff, and coordinated and provided supplies for events and projects. Special Pals would like to recognize Shelly as the Volunteer of the Year for 2013. The organization has benefited and grown as a result of her work. We truly value her efforts and appreciate all of the time she has committed to helping the organization. Thank you Shelly!


Volunteer Procedures and Policies

Special Pals has some of the best volunteers around, but we are always looking for more!  We would love to have you share your time and talents with us.

Please understand that our mornings start out with cleaning and feeding our shelter friends. If you choose to volunteer before 12:00 you will need to be a part of the AM team. This team cleans cages, feeds, sweeps, mops & does dishes. You’re more than welcome to come after 12:00 and be apart of the PM team. This group may walk dogs, bathe animals, and engage in more playtime activities. Effective August 1, 2014 all volunteers will be required to schedule their shifts at least a week in advance.  Please bring your completed application and waiver to your training. Volunteers age 12-15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Volunteers age 16-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during training, but can volunteer alone after training is complete. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you will join us and be part of the Team!

Volunteer Application - Standard Volunteer Application - Youth

We are currently looking for volunteers interested in the following:

  • Cleaning
  • Special Events
  • Mobile Adoption Volunteers
  • Clerical/Administrative
  • Groomers
  • Dog Trainers (basic)
  • Photography/Videography

Updated volunteer policies and info coming soon!  Scheduled shifts and other information TBA.