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***As much as we greatly appreciate taking in new volunteers, we are currently not seeking to fill any new positions. This may change in the future, so please check back! We still welcome you to come through and socialize with the animals during open business hours.***

Alaska Mindful Paws values volunteers as they are a vital part of our organization. We appreciate people who give their time to support and carry out our mission.


Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the volunteer orientation and for their first interview. Youth 14-17 years of age may be approved to volunteer on their own. Youth under 14, and of school-age, must volunteer with a parent or adult. The adult must also be an active volunteer and is expected to work alongside the youth while supervising.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Alaska Mindful Paws. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the animals in our care!

How to Volunteer

You will need to: 

  • Review the Position Descriptions

  • Submit a Volunteer Application

  • Once the application is received and processed, an email will be sent out regarding the Volunteer Handbook and the next Volunteer Orientation

  • Read the Volunteer Handbook prior to your scheduled orientation

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Foster Care

Provide a safe and loving temporary home for cats, dogs, kittens and/or puppies. Foster caregivers also provide invaluable insight into each animal's personality and characteristics that help staff match them to appropriate new homes.

Shelter Assistant

Help staff with a variety of tasks such as greeting the public, office work, general cleaning and laundry. **All volunteers will be asked to contribute a portion of their volunteer time to these tasks in addition to those listed below.**

K-9 Crew

Provide exercise, enrichment, and companionship for dogs.

Buster Program

Work with local dog trainers to provide training and behavior assessments. Will require additional training and a minimum commitment of 4 days/month. 

Feline Friend

Provide care, attention and enrichment to cats

Critter Team

Provide care to a variety of small animals (such as hamsters, guinea pigs); provide out-of-cage play time and enrichment in addition to cleaning and feeding. 

Fundraising & Events

Assist in planning, coordinating and/or staffing fundraising efforts and/or community events. 


Help with upkeep and weeding of landscaping and the Barney Ryan/Joel Moss Memorial Gardens.

Transport Team

Assist AMP with the transfer of animals to our placement partners throughout South-Central Alaska by using your own vehicle to transport animals to other shelters and/or rescue groups on an on call basis.

Emergency Response Team

Offer on-call assistance in the event of an emergency; may assist with coordination, evacuation, transportation or possible short-term housing of displaced animals.

Alaska Mindful Paws Homer Animal Shelter
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