Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley


Volunteers are needed during public hours to welcome shelter visitors, direct them to the animals they wish to see and politely answer any questions they may have. You may also provide a tour for potential adopters where you suggest a particular cat or dog that the adopters may be interested in. You will also complete adoption paperwork and assist with other office duties including answering the phones.

Dog Walking

To ensure proper exercise and socialization for our dogs, we rely on our dog walkers. Dog walkers are responsible for getting the dogs outside for regular bathroom breaks and also for giving them much needed exercise. There are play yards available where you can toss a ball around, or there are benches where you can spend time cuddling and petting the dogs. All of this helps to make our dogs more relaxed and more adoptable.

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Volunteers are needed to assist the shelter staff with cleaning litter boxes, feeding cats and kittens and making the cat area presentable to the public. Most importantly, we need volunteers to come and socialize the cats. You can spend time petting them, brushing them and just sitting with them so that they maintain consistent contact with humans and are more adoptable.

Cleaning and Repairs

As can be imagined, there is always something that needs cleaned at the shelter. This includes but is not limited to, laundry, dishes, sweeping and mopping. You may also ask if there is any maintenance tasks that need completed such as weeding, poop scooping and trash disposal. We are always in need of volunteers with special skills such as plumbing, HVAC, electrical, etc.

Animal Transport

We are always in need of reliable volunteers to transport animals to local veterinarians. If you choose to be a transporter, you will be contacted when we have a transporting need. You will be provided with the veterinarian location, animal(s) to be transported and any necessary medical information that is known for that animal.

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We have multiple fundraising and community events each month. Please check the volunteer board, our web site and Facebook for upcoming shelter events. Volunteers are typically contacted by email when we are in need of help for a particular fundraiser.

Meet and Greets

Volunteers are needed to showcase our animals at Petsmart, Petco and other local businesses. Meet and greets are generally done on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. This may include transporting an animal to and from the event and also speaking with the public about the shelter and our animals.

Foster Care

Foster care is needed for animals that are sick, injured or pregnant. Click here for more information on our foster program.

Interested? Fill out an application! 

Please fill out the volunteer application if you wish to attend an orientation. Applications may be emailed to, mailed or hand delivered to the shelter office.