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Shelter Helpers Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. We are excited to connect with community members who are as dedicated and enthusiastic about animals as we are!

Our mission is to provide temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned, confiscated and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes; to work to create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals; to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering; to make end-of-life decisions based on safety and animal welfare considerations.

*Please note: If volunteer applicants need community service (school OR court), please visit the community service page.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • You must have current health insurance
  • Age requirements:
    • Minimum age is 13, volunteering with a parent/guardian until 16 (child and adult must each complete an application, attend orientation, and co-volunteer in the same job)
    • 16 years old to volunteer independently or to work with dogs
    • 18 years of age to volunteer in the surgery clinic
    • 21 years of to assist with animal transports

Time Commitment

In order to volunteer, you must be able to commit to a set weekly schedule, as we are expectant that animals are being cared for during your shift. Due to the time involved with training new volunteers, we also ask that you be able to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 6 months. If you are unable to commit to a weekly shift, we do have some positions that are filled as needed, such as Events and Community Outreach.

Application Process

1. Complete a New Volunteer Application: You will be contacted within 2 weeks with an invitation to a New Volunteer Orientation.

2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (required): Orientations are held monthly, and last about 45 minutes. Here you will learn about our organization, volunteer program and policies, types of volunteer jobs, and current shelter needs. You will be added to our new volunteer email list, and will receive a monthly email with current volunteer opportunities.

3. Choose a shift and complete training: Let our Volunteer Coordinator know what shift you are interested in, and we will get you in to train with your department. Training is a critical component of volunteering, and typically takes place during your first shift.

ARLGP Shelter Helpers Online Volunteer Application

Please follow the directions, and fill out all required fields in the online application below.

Your Information

If retired please list industry you worked in.

Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while volunteering. All co-volunteers must also submit an application and attend an orientation.

Emergency Information


Please provide two non-family references.


General Information Survey

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Volunteer Choices

Please select and rate your top 3 volunteer choices. In-depth job descriptions will be available at orientation

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(bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, and other critters) Cleaning, feeding & socializing. Requirements: small animal experience strongly preferred. Cleaning, feeding and other care. Dog walking, enrichment and R&R. Requirements: 16 years of age, able to volunteer independently, ARLGP dog volunteer training class, able to walk on uneven and sometimes slippery terrain, sit, stand, and bend within confined space with hard floor. Comfortable working with dogs of all breeds and sizes. Help get our dogs ready for the day by providing them with a clean, comfortable space. Requirements: 16 years of age, physically able to sit, stand, and bend within confined space with hard floor, able to volunteer independently. Requirements: 18 years of age, experience in a medical setting, comfort observing medical procedures, cleanliness and attention to detail. Help keep our shelter clean, safe and welcoming to the public. We do 800 pounds of laundry a day in order to keep our animals fresh, clean and comfortable. Welcome visitors and assist them with getting oriented to the shelter by answering questions or connecting them with the right staff member. Requirements: positive & outgoing personality, customer-service oriented. We need volunteers to help us to keep our donations sorted, organized, and brought to thee appropriate places. Requirements: attention to detail, and ability to lift, bend and turn. These volunteers help our office staff with various projects such as database management, phone use, filing, research, mailings and preparing adoption packets. Requirements: computer and office skills. We are always looking for outgoing volunteers to assist us with events. Requirements: motivated, public speaking skills, outgoing, organized, great customer service. As needed position. These volunteers visit various facilities with an animal. Requirements: outgoing, comfortable working with the elderly or those with physical or mental disabilities. Weekly or monthly shifts. Requirements: Comfortable around all types of animals, with public speaking, and an interest in working with children. As needed position. 2-4 pickups per month at local businesses. As needed position. Assist with transporting animals to or from the shelter. Opportunities vary. Requirements: 21 years of age, valid drivers license, clean driving record, and personal vehicle.

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