- Become a Volunteer
- Become a Foster
- Volunteer / Foster Log-in
- Group Volunteer Opportunities
- Youth Volunteer Opportunities
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is always interested in expanding our volunteer community. No matter what skill or expertise you have, all Lost Our Home volunteers share one thing – the desire to make a difference. Volunteers are critical to the success of Lost Our Home. We wouldn't be able to help and care for the many pets and pet parents who come to the shelter without the support of our community.Our many volunteer opportunities include:
Animal Socialization & Enrichment: Spend quality one-on-one time with our animals to keep them happy, healthy, and adoptable by socializing with, reading to, exercising, and grooming them. You will get the chance to learn animal behavior and help our animals learn how to behave with potential adopters. Enrichment refers to mental and physical stimulation. Allowing animals to think, learn, and explore goes a long way to keeping them behaviorally healthy in the shelter.
Indoor Treadmill Program: Exercise is essential to both the physical health and mental well-being of our shelter dogs. Receive one-on-one training to learn to walk dogs on LOH''s indoor treadmills.
Offsite Events: Handle animals and educate the public at a wide variety of outreach events such as school visits, programs, summer camps, group visits, parties, street fairs, festival booths, fundraising events, etc.
Animal Care Assistance: Provide dogs and cats with clean, comfortable housing that leads to healthier, happier, and ultimately more adoptable animals.
Animal Transport: Assist with animal transports to and from the veterinary centers, events, offsite locations, and other facilities.
Foster Program: Care for animals that are not yet ready for adoption, including animals too young for adoption, nursing moms, animals needing supportive health care or time to recover after surgery, temporary placements for owners in transition, and pets that need a place to stay if the rescue is full. Fosters must complete the online Foster application and attend Foster Orientation.
Off-site Adoption Location Support: Assist the Cat Room Managers with greeting and interacting with PetSmart customers that visit our PetSmart partner location in Tempe (Priest & Elliot).
Administrative/Clerical Support: Duties may include greeting & directing visitors, assisting Adoption Counselors, spot cleaning the public-facing areas of the shelter and clerical duties such as helping with fliers, pamphlets, mailings, paperwork and data entry.
Pet-Food Bank Support: Organize the Pet Food Bank supply room shelves and record, inventory and shelve in-kind donations of cat litter, pet food, and more.
Marketing & Photography: Are you an amateur photographer? While spending time with our animals, take photos and share them on social media. Assist our marketing department in spreading the word about all of our wonderful adoptable animals and programs.
Special Events: Assist with our annual Holiday Champagne Brunch & Auction in December that helps support our programs and services.
Volunteer Requirements: You must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer independently in the shelter. Those ages 16-17 are also permitted to volunteer independently in the shelter, but may be restricted to certain tasks. Those ages 8-15 are permitted to volunteer in the shelter, but must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian at all times, and may be restricted to certain tasks. If interested in handling animals, you must be able to donate at least 6 hours per month for at least 6 months.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate short term volunteer opportunities at this time due to the time it takes for training, unless the individual has over 20 hours to complete or is a student who will volunteer on a seasonal basis.
If you are required to perform community service for any reason, please let us know in advance.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Lost Our Home, please fill in the volunteer application by clicking the link below. We have flexible shifts seven days a week, 365 days a year from 6:30am-6:30pm!
Become a Foster
Fostering animals is a wonderful and personal way to contribute to saving homeless pets. For every foster that opens their heart and home to a pet, that is another pet saved from suffering, and possible death. A foster parent takes in the pet as their own: they love the pet, help the pet adapt to a new home, and take care of all their daily needs. Lost Our Home provides fosters with all of the necessary items required to foster including food, bowls, beds, leashes, milk replacement and supplies (for the bottle fed kittens), blankets, carriers, kennels, etc. Basically, everything needed for the care of our amazing foster animals.As a foster parent, you may also talk to potential adopters, informing them of details you acquire during fostering, such as the personality or temperament of the pet. In this way, the individual(s) interested in adopting the pet can better decide if the pet is right for their family.
We need immediate fosters that can foster the following:
- Dogs and cats available for adoption but not acclimating well to the shelter environment. These animals show so much better in a home but break down in the shelter.
- Fosters for our Temporary Care Program (TCP) animals. Our TCP program lasts up to 90 days and the more animals in this program that we can get into foster, the more kennels we can open up to new, adoptable dogs and cats.
- Kitten fosters: During kitten season (usually late April/early May to the end of August) we need foster who can either:
- Foster underage kittens with no mother who require bottle feeding.
- Foster underage kittens and the mother until they are ready to go up for adoption (typically 8 weeks and 2 lbs.)
- Foster underage kittens who are eating solid food but still to young to be at the shelter (need to be at least 8 weeks and 2 lbs.)
If you're interested in becoming a foster, please fill out the application below. Thank you!
Please feel free to view our FOSTER FAQ
*This is just a brief overview of the LOH foster program, and of course, is not meant to be all-inclusive. The experiences foster parents have are as different as the pets that come into our rescue. We are ALWAYS available by email or phone to answer questions as they arise. Thank you for joining the LOH foster home program. We look forward to many happy foster experiences with you.
Volunteer/Foster Log-InYou may log-in to select shift times or sign in using the Button Below! Shelter shifts, Adoption events, Special events and more If you have not signed up yet using our new volunteer system, email Volunteering@lostourhome.org to get your login information.
Group Volunteers Opportunities:
Thank you for your interest in bringing your business, community, or organization to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue to volunteer. We create a hands-on volunteer experience tailored for your group—bringing you right into the heart and soul of what we do!We typically enlist groups to help with various tasks, such as:
- Animal Book Club (Youth Group Opportunity)
- Animal Care Assistance
- Animal Enrichment Projects (Adult and Youth Group Opportunities available)
- Deep Cleaning Projects
- Indoor and Outdoor Maintenance
- Painting/Building Projects
- Pet-Food Bank Assistance
- Scavenger Hunts (Youth Group Opportunity)
- Sorting Animal Toys and Food
- Stuffing Adoption Packets
To provide the most meaningful experience for every group interested in serving, we limit approved requests to two (2) group service assignments per month.
Lost Our Home considers a variety of factors when deciding whether to approve a request. These include, but are not limited to: organizational capacity, strategic goals, staff & volunteer availability, and relationship with the organization/individual submitting the request.
Applications must be submitted at least four (4) weeks in advance of the first day of the month when you would like to schedule your visit.
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a case-by-case basis.Group Guidelines:
- Your group must consist of at least five people.
- Any children in the group should be at least seven years of age. Please give advance notice if there will be any one under the age of eighteen attending.
- There must be one adult (18+) present for every four minors.
- Three-hour minimum per group day is required.
- Please make arrangements at least two weeks in advance of the date you are requesting. Please note not all requested dates will be available.
- Along with volunteering directly at the shelter, there are various other many ways that you can help animals every day from the comfort of your own home, workplace, or community. Here are various ways to help:
- Host a fundraiser/adoption event at your organization or place of business.
- Organize a donation/supply drive at your place of business, community, or organization. We are always in need of food, toys, treats, leashes, and harnesses, among many other items. See our wish list for specific organizational needs.
- Sponsor an animal: Set your fundraising goals to sponsor an animal or to raise money for animal medical costs..
- Become an Animal Ambassador! An Animal Ambassador is an advocate for an adoptable dog or cat. You can become an animal ambassador individually or with as a group by visiting the animal of your choice, taking photos, passing out or posting flyers, decorating their kennels, and more!
- Name an animal! Work with your group to come up with a fun and unique list of animal names and receive direct updates when your named animals are adopted. ($5 donation per requested name.)
- Get creative: Host a group craft/painting party/enrichment-making project to make blankets or toys for the animals in our care. Example: One group did a KONG drive for us and delivered them to the shelter already stuffed and frozen.
- Recycle: Plastic yogurt cups and paper towel/toilet paper rolls are great for animal enrichment projects.
- Workplace Giving: Many employers sponsor workplace-giving campaigns through which employees can elect to make payroll deductions to selected charities. Encourage your employer to participate in such a campaign and ask for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue to be your charitable donation of choice. What an easy way to help homeless pets find the care and compassion they need! Be sure to check if your company matches workplace gifts, enabling your donation to have greater impact.
- Or let us come to YOU! We are happy to come to your workplace with an animal ambassador and make presentations about the important work we do to help pet parents and animals each year.
Thank you for your interest in helping the animals at Lost Our Home Pet Rescue! For any questions, please contact the Volunteer Manager at Volunteering@lostourhome.org or (602) 445-7397
Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in helping animals! Volunteering is a wonderful way to learn, have fun, and give back to your community.Youth Volunteer Requirements:
- Must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer without an adult present.
- A parent or guardian must attend minors during orientation, training classes, and volunteer shifts.
- Attend a volunteer orientation and training session. A waiver must be signed by an adult (18+) at the time of orientation.
- Commit to volunteer at least six hours a month for at least six consecutive months.
Along with volunteering directly at the shelter, there are various other many ways that you can help animals every day from the comfort of your own home or school!
Here are various ideas to help:
Thanks again for your interest in Lost Our Home and helping animals. Share your ideas with your parent or guardian and grab a few friends to join you in helping make a difference for animals in need!For any questions, please contact the Volunteer Manager at Volunteering@lostourhome.org or (602) 445-7397