​Volunteer 

​​Help make a difference and sign up to volunteer today!

 

Volunteers play a vital role in our organization. Without their support, we would not be able to assist the number of animals who need help in our community. If you are interested in helping to save the lives of animals in need, please review the positions available below and fill out our Volunteer Application.

 

Feel free to also contact us online or stop by the IMHS shelter, meet our staff and find out how you can help. Training for IMHS volunteer positions begins with an in-depth orientation and culminates with on-the-job training.

 

We have new positions open, and we welcome all interested persons, ages 15 and older, to join our ranks!

Professional Services

Are you a Veterinarian/CVT, animal trainer, or groomer?  We would love to talk to you about how you can help us, help the animals!
Call and talk to any of our staff for more information at 303-838-2668.

 

General Requirements for Shelter Volunteers

Please read through the job descriptions to find the positions that you are most interested in.  Because we are a licensed PACFA facility, we do have to follow the legal guidelines for our programs.  

  • Must be 15 years of age or older.

  • Willing to make a 3-month commitment to a weekly shift, totaling a minimum of 10 hours of service per month.  

  • All volunteers must go through our orientation and training for the position(s).

  • Have regular access to an email account and internet connection for shelter communications

  • Fill out the application and sign our liability waiver.  Volunteers under 18 must have a parent/guardian attend orientation with them to sign appropriate waivers.

  • Any position which requires driving requires the volunteer to be 18+, have a clean driving record & valid driver's license, and have the skills necessary to drive the IMHS Van.

Foster Opportunities

We are always looking for responsible foster homes to take in homeless or unwanted animals for a limited period of time. In general, that ranges from a few days to a few weeks. Foster homes may work with dogs - teaching manners, house-training, and other necessary life skills. Foster homes may also provide a safe, quiet place for nursing moms and growing puppies/kittens.  Foster volunteers not only save lives, but they also prepare pets for the best life possible.


Note! PACFA (The government agency which regulates animal welfare agencies in Colorado) now requires all foster homes to have routine inspections. Fosters will be inspected on an annual basis by an appointed shelter representative. Learn more.

 

Shelter Opportunities

 

Cat - Condo clean and socialization: 
Having a clean and comfortable environment is vital for shelter cat & kittens' health and well-being. Cat loving volunteers are needed to clean cat condos, and feed and socialize cats.

Shift times are 8am-10:30am, 7 days a week. 

Cat - Socialization:
Increase adopt-ability while helping cats and kittens maintain their physical and mental well-being. Cat loving individuals are needed to give adoptable cats and kittens time, attention, and affection.  

Shift times: 11am-1pm, 7 days a week

 

Dog - Doggercize 

Doggercize allows dogs to enjoy an extended walk during their day. Dog-loving volunteers are needed to walk and provide basic leash manners for adoptable shelter dogs. Spot cleaning is also required.

Shift times: 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm, 7 days a week.

Dog - Enrichment
This position is designed to increase adopt-ability while helping dogs maintain their physical and mental well-being. Dog-loving volunteers are needed to exercise, socialize, and provide basic training for adoptable shelter dogs. Spot cleaning is also required.
Shift times: 9am-11am and 2pm-4pm, 7 days a week.

Dog - Bedtime Buddies
Bedtime Buddies allows dogs time to have their last walk of the evening before bedding down for the night.  Dog-loving volunteers are needed to help adoptable dogs learn to do their business outside, and not in their kennels at night.
Shift times: 6:30pm -TBD (dependent on the number of dogs to be walked), 7 days a week.

Administrative - Ambassadors
Ambassadors act as the "face of IMHS" by presenting a positive, friendly, and welcoming environment to all clients.  Our ambassadors help us with a lot of the "behind the scenes" duties that keep the shelter running smoothly. Volunteers may be asked to help with donations, acknowledge patrons, answer phones, and other duties that create a positive experience for any potential customer.
Shift times: 11am-4pm, 7 days a week

Facility Care/Maintenance
Volunteers are needed to help with maintaining a safe environment for our animals, staff, and volunteers. Duties may include: raking the outdoor kennels, weeding/lawn mowing, repairing fences, cleaning, building maintenance, and other physical activities as necessary.
Shift times: Vary with some flexibility

Retail Associate, IMHS Thrift Store

 

Retail - Thrift Store
IMHS is a non-profit rescue/shelter. We depend on the generosity of the community to keep us in business.  The Thrift Store is a vital part of that fund-raising. Volunteers that enjoy retail business will enjoy working in the Thrift Store. Greet customers, receive & sort donations, price, display, and sell items on the sales floor.
Shift times vary: Store hours are 10:00 am-5 pm Wednesday-Sunday.

Special Events

 

Dog - Adoption Events
Our goal is to provide forever homes for all of our rescued cats and dogs.  As part of this commitment, dog adoption events are sometimes held (off-site) throughout the year.  Dog-loving volunteers are needed to set up event equipment, share knowledge of adoptable dogs, and have positive interactions with potential adopters, and travel to and from events.  

Shift times vary with events. (Typically weekends)

Administrative - Special Events/Fundraising
IMHS is a non-profit organization. To fund our shelter, we have fundraising events throughout the year.  We depend on our volunteers to make our events successful! Volunteers can become members of the fundraising committee, and sign up for events as desired/available.

Cat Care Volunteer Carol, with Lucy

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Pete & Colleen take Josie on a field trip.

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Dog Enrichment Volunteer Kaya, getting some puppy snuggle time.

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Gay does so much for the shelter, she has her own yard!

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Meatball gets some love from an animal enrichment volunteer.