Help us care for our shelter animals until they find their forever homes...



Volunteering for Sammie's Friends

(you must be at least 16 years old)

There are currently over 100 volunteers helping to care for our homeless animals, and we are always looking for more!

Dog Walker Volunteers

This is what it takes:

Approximately two hours for a shift- one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Teams of 3-5 walkers work each shift.  We have a nice trail system blazed around the shelter.  Each dog gets some fresh air, spends quality time with a human and perhaps learns some manners.  We also have a new play yard for some off leash fun in the afternoons!

This is what it accomplishes:

Many things!  By getting out of their kennels, the dogs suffer less from boredom and depression.  They stay socialized and happy for human attention.  We give potential adopters information about the dogs’ behavior.  We watch for signs of medical or social problems and alert the shelter staff.  And we all get a little exercise!

If you like dogs and enjoy a little exercise, this is really a fun job!  You will meet lots of nice dogs and people too.  Sometimes it’s a little taxing, but it’s very satisfying because the dogs show their appreciation.  The best part is seeing a dog friend driving away with their new family!  The work you do really helps get them adopted.  

All of the dogs at the shelter get walked twice a day, every day, 365 days a year.  It takes a whole crew of people to accomplish this and we are always looking for more walkers.  Join us!

How to join the Dog Walker Team:

Fill out a Volunteer Application, email it back to us or print it out and drop it off at the shelter.  Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to find out what days and times you are available.  They will also schedule a time for you to come out and train with another office volunteer.