Volunteer Opportunities

Want to make a difference in the lives of Houston's homeless animals? Become a Friends For Life Volunteer! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities, and all of them make a true difference to the animals in our care. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and attend volunteer orientation and training. Additional training beyond initial orientation and training may be required for some volunteer opportunities.  Applicants under 18 must submit a 300 word essay on the importance of the No Kill movement and complete an interview with the Volunteer Manager. Community Service hours cannot be completed through the Friends For Life Volunteer Program. Click here to see our volunteer opportunities and to fill out a volunteer application.

Administrative Volunteers

Help with the general administrative tasks that help keep the shelter running every day. This includes writing, data entry, filing and much more.

Adoption Counselors

Support our animals in finding their forever homes by reviewing adoption applications, conducting interviews and working side-by-side with adoptions staff to screen applicants for placement into adoptive homes.

Behavior Volunteers

Learn about animal behavior and work directly with our behaviorists and trainers to rehabilitate animals at the shelter with behavior challenges.

Cat Volunteers

Support cats that live at the shelter, or at our Petsmart adoption center, by caring for their daily needs, socializing them, feeding, providing enrichment and maintaining their living spaces. Knowledge of cat behavior is helpful but not required. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity.

Dog Volunteers

Care for dogs that are temporarily boarding at the shelter by walking, providing enrichment, feeding, training, socializing them and maintaining their living spaces. Knowledge of dog behavior is helpful but not required. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity.

Fix Houston

Help locate cat colonies by walking targeted neighborhoods and talking to residents. Set up traps and catch cats, transport them to be vaccinated and spayed/neutered, help them recover from surgery and drive them back to their home territories. Work Fix Houston events offering free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations to pets belonging to residents in underserved sections of Houston. This opportunity requires a moderate to high level of physical activity.

Mobile Adoption Event Volunteers

Work at our off-site mobile adoption locations and assist in setting up the mobile adoption area, caring for and handling the animals, and speaking to the public about Friends For Life's mission and programs. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity.

Reception

Volunteer at our front desk and be the friendly face of Friends For Life by greeting the public and helping answer phones.