Top Volunteer Opportunities For Animal Lovers In Las Vegas

March 21, 2014 6:00 AM

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Sometimes children or other adults in the home may have allergies or your choice of home may not permit pets on the premises. This is when the need for feline or canine companionship can be filled by fostering or volunteering in a local shelter. There are no lack of opportunities for those who love pets in the Las Vegas Valley.
Noah’s Animal House
10289 Placid St.
Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 878-6624

When you volunteer at Noah’s Animal House, you are rescuing more than a pet – you are helping to save a family. This pet safe haven is located upon the property of The Shade Tree, a sanctuary for battered women and their children in Las Vegas. When a woman finally musters up the courage or decides to take the kids and leave an abusive situation, she often has nowhere to go, especially if the family doesn’t want to leave a beloved pet behind to face more abuse or see it taken hostage. This is where The Shade Tree and Noah’s Animal House jointly help put back together a cohesive family unit. Women are trained in job skills, encouraged to further their education and are given support until they get back on their feet. Children learn how to once again enjoy childhood and counsellors help rebuild their shattered lives. As a volunteer, you can either help in the animal shelter, take in a pet to foster (since the sanctuary is overflowing) or you can make a donation. Other volunteer opportunities abound in this very worthy organization. Just call and ask how you can help.

Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions
P.O. Box 60025
Las Vegas, NV 89160
(702) 533-3440

Homeward Bound Cat Adoptions needs ongoing volunteer help at PetSmart Adoption Centers, where you can help care for the animals while they are being shown. Or you may wish to work behind the scenes, making blankets, helping at various charitable community events, taking photos for the Faces of Love program or even doing laundry for the adoption centers. As an experienced pet owner, you can volunteer as an adoption counselor, or if you’re a computer whiz, you can help with data entry. The cats all need grooming and TLC, so if you prefer to give the personal hands-on touch, this may be your chance. If you are able, perhaps you can take on the short-term responsibility of fostering kittens, special needs, senior or shy cats. Do you like to organize events? Perhaps you can organize a club to make toys and blankets, or perhaps you can arrange to have a charity evening at a local restaurant. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are even greater.

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City of Henderson Animal Control
300 E. Galleria
Henderson, NV 89011
(702) 267-4970

Henderson Animal Care and Control values its volunteers as an essential part of its operation. Whether you choose to help groom, walk, care for injured/ailing or help with the paperwork for the animals in the center’s care, you are appreciated. If you like to get up close and personal, you may prefer to help with the washing and grooming of pets that are new arrivals to the facility. If you prefer to be around pets but not work directly with them, you can always volunteer to help with the paperwork or filing. You may find it difficult to make a dedicated donation of your time, in which case you may well prefer to help provide the towels, blankets, toys or other needs that pets have on a daily basis. Or you can just walk the dogs or play with the cats and other animals, helping them socialize and trust humans again. Whatever you are willing to do will be of value.

Nevada SPCA
4800 W. Dewey Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 873-7722

The NSPCA is a no-kill shelter that cares for dogs, cats and other pets until they are adopted. This is the ideal place to volunteer if you dearly love pets but can’t take in one of your own. It’s also a valuable place for volunteers ages 18 or older to learn about pets before they take on the responsibility of adoption. Volunteer opportunities include loving and cuddling pets awaiting adoption, walking dogs and brushing cats, helping at community events, taking pet photos for the website and helping clean. You have to fill out a volunteer application and will need special orientation to work with the dogs. If you would rather volunteer items than time, NSPCA accepts blankets, pet beds, toys, leashes, bowls and other pet-related items. It also welcomes folks willing to foster pets.

Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary
8103 Racel St.
Las Vegas, NV 89131
(702) 645-4224

If you love the outdoors, exotic birds and wildlife, Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is looking for capable and reliable volunteers to help with the care and feeding of its residents. You can clean cages, help with landscaping and maintenance, work in the office, make toys for the birds or help with other duties. Time frames are flexible and any help is greatly appreciated to help this wonderful sanctuary keep operating. 
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Las Vegas Valley Humane Society
3395 S. Jones Blvd., #454
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 434-2009

The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society (LVVHS) relies upon its volunteers to help keep the facility running. Whether it’s animal rescue, advocacy for the prevention of cruelty to animals or hands-on volunteering, this organization needs your help to keep up with pet adoptions. You may want to volunteer to foster pets, help with adoptions (including counseling those considering adoption or follow-up on recent adoptions), transport food or other supplies to foster families, help with feral cat rescues, act as a hotline volunteer, fundraise, provide goodies and items for the bi-monthly craft and bake sales, do paperwork or help on the media committee. You just need to take the first step and contact the LVVHS to become a volunteer today.

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