Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the shelter will be doing virtual adoptions. Happy Hour & Fostering will be done curbside.

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Volunteer

 

We need your help!

The time you volunteer helps us to save lives and expand programs. Be the change you wish to see! Whether you have an extra day during the week or a few hours on the weekend, there is a place for you at TMAS. Volunteers are our heart and soul. We couldn't do what we do with you.

What can you do as a volunteer?

  • Ambassador
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Animal Care Assistant (bathing, brushing, cleaning cages, enrichment, bottle feeding, etc.)
  • Cat Cuddler
  • Dog Walker
  • Happy Hour Participant
  • Happy Hour Program Assistant
  • Foster Program Assistant
  • Maintenance Team (Dishwashing, laundry, sweeping, dusting, grass cutting, etc.)
  • Petsmart Team (clean cages at Petsmart daily)
  • Volunteer Coordinator Assistant
  • Playgroup Volunteer
  • Video / Photography
  • Events
  • Transport Driver or Event Driver

Some categories will require a few hours volunteering under other categories before being allowed to participate in another.

 

How do I get started?

Some categories will require a few hours volunteering under other categories before being allowed to participate in another.

1. Attend an Open House

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to attend an Open House. It is not required. The purpose of our Open House is to let people know about our organization and what it is like to be a volunteer. We hold Open House at the shelter the second and last Saturday of each month at 3 pm. It helps people determine if they want to volunteer.

2. Register to be a volunteer here

Click here to start creating your profile. Once there, click on Programs. Then go to the Volunteer icon. and click on that. Click "Become a Member." Once your application is accepted, proceed to the other steps.

3. Watch the Volunteer Orientation Video

You can find this below or it can be found in your TMAS GivePulse volunteer account once you login. You must answer questions to verify you have watched it.

4. After logging in to your TMAS GivePulse account, complete all forms, waivers, and the code of conduct as required by your volunteer assignments before performing any volunteer work.

Keep all your profile information up to date.

5. Sign up for Volunteer Activities.

Assignments for a variety of volunteer activities are posted on the volunteer web page and you are able to schedule yourself for various activities and shifts that fit your interests and schedule.  Click here to schedule activities.

6. Show up to your scheduled shift.

Training will take place when you arrive.

Some categories will require a few hours volunteering under other categories before being allowed to participate in another.

If you have any questions about signing up, please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@metroanimalshelter.org or call 205-752-9101 and we will help you.

Volunteer Orientation

Group Volunteering

We welcome group volunteers (clubs, schools, businesses, etc.). Use the contact us link to tell us about what you want to do. Once approved, we will then send you a link for your group to sign up and sign waivers for your specific event.

Volunteer Handbook

Download and view our volunteer handbook to review our rules, guidelines, and requirements.

Enrichment Activities

You can help from home. Please watch this video to see how enrichment activities help animals in our shelter.

Enrichment Activities

Meet Our Volunteer All-Stars