Volunteer for Athenspets

Athenspets is an all-volunteer organization. As a result, our shelter animals rely on folks like you to help get them out!

Athenspets Advocate – Advocates are cheerleaders for one or two of our shelter pets at a time, getting to know them really well and telling everyone what’s special about them. We ask that you commit to coming to the shelter at least once each week to spend time with your animal(s), taking photographs and generally checking in on how they are doing. Then spend the next week sharing your photos and insights on social media! Email volunteer@athenspets.net if you are interested in becoming an Advocate!

Shelter volunteer – The dogs, cats, and humans at the shelter appreciate volunteers who can socialize and play with the animals any hours they are open. Some dogs and cats are frightened and stressed when they first arrive, and just a little one-on-one time with a person makes them feel so much better. Other dogs and cats are happy and friendly, but build up excess energy being stuck in a dog run or cat kennel nearly 24/7. Even a few minutes of exercise and playtime calms them down and will entertain you! If you think volunteering at the shelter might be depressing – just try it, you’ll be surprised. Dogs and cats live in the moment, so every happy moment they have with you is ‘forever’ to them. Call Animal Control for more information.

Photo & story volunteer – If you’ve spent time at the shelter as a volunteer or advocate and are interested in becoming more involved, contact us about becoming a photo and story volunteer for our website. We ask that you commit to at least two visits a month and we provide training. For more information, email volunteer@athenspets.net.

Crossposting – If you can’t come to the shelter, you can also help our dogs and cats get adopted by publicizing them on social media (like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), listservs, etc. You may copy our pictures and stories – no copyright worries here! Be sure your posts include the pet’s ledger number and a link to the Athenspets bio for that animal. Dogs and cats do not stay at the shelter for long, so the information must be timely.