Volunteers Lend a Helping Paw

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. Because our staff is very lean, we rely on volunteers each and every day.  Our dedicated volunteers do so many things–cuddle cats, walk dogs, counsel adopters, clean cages, transport animals, stuff envelopes, participate in “Friend”-raising and fundraising events.

Some of our most dedicated volunteers are students under the age of 18. These “Kid Crusaders” aren’t afraid to push up their sleeves and go to work.  Plus, volunteering at our shelter is a great way to earn community-service hours for school or church.

Volunteers tirelessly give of their time and talents, and are always at the ready to lend a helping “paw.” The best rewards? Purrs, tail wags, and the glowing satisfaction of knowing they are “saving strays every day.”

Special Note:  Court-ordered community service hours are available through a separate program.  Call the shelter during normal business hours for more information.  313.943.2697, then press 1.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Are you an animal lover and want to lend a paw? No matter how much time you have available, we have a variety of opportunities where you can channel your energy for change.

Become a Foster

  • You can be a hero to one of our animals by giving then a temporary home while they are waiting for their forever home.  Explore the possibilities>>

Other Ways to Help

  • You can be an important part of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter even without becoming a volunteer.  Get some ideas>>

Volunteer Awards

Join Our Team

  • We would love to have you join our Friends family of volunteers! Read about the steps to become an adult or youth volunteer. Get Started >>

Current Volunteers

  • Visit the Volunteer Information Center (VicNet) to sign up for opportunities, check your schedule, update your contact information and log your volunteer hours.  Log In>>
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