We welcome anyone who is 10 years old and up, although minors age 10-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering.
We invite you to participate in the regular routine of animal care such as feeding, cleaning, grooming, walking, etc. Spending time socializing with the animals is also important, as it helps make them more adoptable and gets them closer to a forever home. Read more here.
There are two volunteer shifts every day of the year. Shift times are 7:15-11:30 a.m. and 3:15-6:30 p.m. Pets Return Home is on Mountain Time.
We suggest you schedule your volunteer visit as far in advance as possible because we get very busy and each volunteer area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift.
You will have a pre-scheduled 10-minute check-in at the Welcome Center prior to volunteering. A representative from the Volunteer Department will meet with you to provide name badge, whistle, walkie-talkie, schedule, and other important information to make your volunteer experience the best it can be.
Some of our dogs are approved to go with volunteers on outings and sleepovers which is a real treat for them. To take an animal on a sleepover or outing you’ll first need to volunteer at least five shifts in that specific animal area. Advance reservations are necessary for outings or sleepovers—those arrangements will be made onsite when you’re volunteering.
For your protection, closed-toe shoes are a requirement for volunteering in any of the animal areas. Long pants are strongly recommended for volunteering with horses or pigs—in fact, it’s a good idea to wear long pants in all the areas. We advise dressing in layers during the spring, fall and winter months because the mornings can be chilly and the afternoons warm. Wearing a hat is a good idea because the sun is bright year-round.
Transportation is not provided so you’ll need your own vehicle to get around. Pets Return Home is located 5 miles from Tuzigoot national monument down a gravel road so you’ll need to drive to and from the Welcome Center.
No. We do provide refrigerator, coolers, freezer, cold water and iced tea. Sometimes we will have Volunteer barbeque appreciation events. Typically you will need to bring all food and hydration needs for the day.
For everyone’s safety, your own pets are not allowed in any of the animal areas nor are they allowed to remain unattended in your vehicle.
If your special group is interested in volunteering on a project together (for instance, Girl/Boy Scouts, church group, tour group, college or high school group, etc.), please contact our Learning department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please email us at email@example.com or call us at 928-793-2013.
The animals love to welcome groups and our staff is delighted to help you design a trip that will be hands-on and fulfilling for whomever you bring, providing experiences specifically-tailored for groups from Girl Scouts to senior citizens. We can help you plan a one-, three-, or five-day discovery field trip any time of the year.
We will balance your activities between service projects (really getting your hands dirty!), talks about issues that impact animals, fishing, hiking, swimming, overnight camping, and hands-on activities with our animals.