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Volunteering at Safe Harbor

There are many ways you lend your support Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary. The most important requirements for becoming a Safe Harbor Volunteer are a love of animals and a desire to make a difference.

Safe Harbor Volunteers work in direct contact with the population.

Direct Care Volunteers

Because volunteers work in many areas of the Sanctuary facility, you'll have the chance to "put your best paw forward" with owners searching for their lost pet, families choosing a new best friend, and, of course, with the animals. Realizing that not everyone with a loving, generous heart has the same physical capabilities, we have divided our Volunteer Staffers into categories.


Belita & MillerThere’s a lot of physical activity associated with caring for a large cat population. “Scoopers” feed, water, scoop litter boxes, groom pets, wash dishes, sweep/scrub floors, do laundry, and socialize pets. “Scooper” Volunteers must be physically capable of performing these duties.

Volunteers for this all-important job may choose to schedule one or more shifts a week. Two shifts a day, 7-days a week, must be filled, so you can see that there is a dramatic need for your help.

Foster Folks

Have a heart and a homestead capable of temporarily harboring a cat or dog, kitten or puppy, or even a whole litter? Then consider joining our Foster Parent Program. We sequester every animal that comes into the shelter, so we sometimes run out of quarantine areas, particularly at the height of “litter season.”


Special Staffing Need!

Safe Harbor is open to the public daily 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

We Care Volunteers:

The TechSquad

Have computer, writing, or graphic design skills? Then you might be the person we need to help design flyers, or create other promotional and merchandising items. Good with a camera and digital image manipulation? Then taking and preparing photographs of adoptable animals to post on our website might be the job for you.

Guidelines & Committments

A volunteer MUST be dependable! Once a commitment has been made to a specific schedule, the volunteer is expected to be at the Sanctuary at their appointed time or call to let someone know they will not be there.

Volunteers must be 16 years or older to volunteer. Junior Volunteers (anyone younger than 16) must be accompanied by an adult.

Civic organizations are welcome to volunteer to fulfill staffing assignments.

Interested applicants should submit a Volunteer Application. An interview with the Sanctuary Director will be followed by Orientation.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Satisfaction of working on behalf of the animals
  • Belong to a group of dedicated volunteers who share your love of pets
  • Opportunity to share your special skills and interests

Won't you join us today? You can make a difference.

Download a Volunteer Application


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Sanctuary Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m Daily

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