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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Lost Our Home 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: 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.

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. If you are interested in signing up, please email Gina Page at ginapage.loh@gmail.com.

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 Homes: 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 the Cat Rooms at two of our PetSmart partner locations- Ahwatukee Petsmart and Tempe PetSmart (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.

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 that can fit any schedule.

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. (Short-term volunteering and one-day service projects are available upon request.)
  • Attend a volunteer orientation and training session.
If you are required to perform community service or school services hours for any reason, please let us know in advance. If you are required to perform community service for any reason, please let us know in advance. 
For any questions, please contact the Volunteer Manager at  Volunteering@lostourhome.org or (602) 445-7397.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

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

FOSTER APPLICATION

*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-In

You 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.

Volunteer Login

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 Care Assistance
  • Animal Enrichment Projects
  • Indoor and Outdoor Maintenance
  • Deep Cleaning Projects
  • Painting/Building Projects
  • Pet-Food Bank Assistance
  • Stuffing Adoption Packets
  • Sorting Animal Toys and Food
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.
Other Ways to Help:
  • 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
  • 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/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.

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. 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. 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:

  • Host a fundraiser, car wash, or gift drive for animals: As a nonprofit organization, Lost Our Home is able to care for (amount) of animals each year thanks to the kind donations from people just like you. You can help by organizing a FUNdraiser, having a Gift Drive, collecting animal supplies, or all three! By organizing a gift drive and donating items from our wishlist, you will help animals directly.
  • Donate your day and have the most FUN: You can donate supplies, you can donate your time, but have you ever heard of donating your day? Each year, Lost Our Home receives donations from very generous kids who decide to ask for donations to help animals instead of presents for their birthday or other special occasion celebration.
  • Bake some treats: You can also help by holding a Bake Sale for Animals. A bake sale is good, but a bake sale for animals is even better!
  • Host a movie night for animal: Invite friends and family to a movie night with an “admission fee” to be donated to Lost Our Home.
  • 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!
  • Rockin’ Readers: Read or play calming music for animals.
  • 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.)
  • Recycle: Reuse items from your home or school that the animals can use! Plastic yogurt cups and paper towel/toilet paper rolls are great for animal enrichment projects
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  • Become a foster family: Becoming a foster family is fun for all ages! Lost Our Home foster families provide a temporary home for kittens, cats, puppies and dogs in need. These families provide food and care to homeless animals that are either too young or sick to be adopted right away. By providing safe temporary homes, LOH foster families prevent overcrowding at Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, while having lots of fun! Learn more about foster care and get started today.
  • 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