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Top Volunteer Opportunities For Animal Lovers In Denver

March 21, 2014 7:00 AM

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One of the rescued dogs (credit: CBS)

One of the rescued dogs (credit: CBS)

Dog (credit: CBS)
Are you an animal lover? Are you looking for a great way to support your community while donating some of your time to a worthy organization? Then here are some great opportunities for you. There are so many wonderful animal shelters and other organizations that are in need of helpful volunteers to help keep their businesses running smoothly. Volunteers are the backbone of so many of these important organizations, and they are always looking for new people to lend a helping hand. If you love animals, then here are a few great places for you to consider donating your time.
Dumb Friends League
2080 S. Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80231
(303) 751-5772
www.ddfl.org

As the largest facility for the care of needy dogs, cats and other animals in Denver, Denver Dumb Friends League is always in need of volunteers. More than 70 volunteer positions are available including working as an adoption counselor, grooming, cleaning stalls, writing the pet biographies and taking pet photos for animals up for adoption. If you are a younger pet lover, then you can even consider joining the Junior Volunteer Club for volunteers ages 12-15. There are lots of great options at the Dumb Friends League for anyone that wants to spend some time taking care of animals in need.

Maxfund
1005 Galapago St.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-4917
www.maxfund.org

Organizations like Maxfund rely on help from volunteers to keep its shelter running. There is a lot of need at this no-kill animal shelter and any animal lover would be happy to spend some time taking good care of these needy pets. Maxfund is in need of volunteers to help with dog walking, petting cats, grooming and bathing the animals, dog training, cleaning cages and litter boxes, laundry, cleaning food, greeting potential adopters in the lobby and helping with animal adoption. All volunteers must complete the volunteer orientation but there are a lot of opportunities for anyone willing to lend a hand.

Related: Top Spots For Family Volunteering In Denver

Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO 80223
(720) 913-1311
www.denvergov.org

The Denver Animal Shelter is another great option to help out animals of all kinds. It is a wonderful way to pay back your community while spending time with some new furry friends. Volunteers ages 16 and older are welcome to apply to help with things like animal transportation, dog grooming, dog training, kennel assistance, dog and cat socialization and more. There are volunteer orientations held twice a month for anyone looking to help out.

Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 337-1400
www.denverzoo.org

You can even volunteer your time at the Denver Zoo. There are a lot of very fun ways to help out at the Denver Zoo and you can apply to be a volunteer any time of year. There are volunteers working at guide stations, holding educational opportunities for the guests and helping with other key activities throughout the Denver Zoo. You can help with everything from greeting guests to working the front gate to assisting the horticulture staff or even the Zoo patrol.

Related: Top Spots To Volunteer With Your Kids In Denver

Animal Rescue of the Rockies
Aurora, CO 80013
(970) 389-8324
www.animalrescueoftherockies.org

Animal Rescue of the Rockies is an organization that takes homeless dogs and cats out of crowded shelters and places them into foster homes until a suitable adoption can take place. As with any such organization, Animal Rescue of the Rockies is always in need of helpful people to help make its mission come true. From volunteering as a foster home to helping out with administrative duties from your own home, there are a lot of ways you can help out this wonderful organization. You can even help out at the many adoption events, giving rides to animals in need and helping them find their new forever homes.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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