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Cat/Other Adoptions


Please note:
All volunteers must attend an orientation before turning in a volunteer application. Orientations are held
at the shelter on the first Wednesday of each month from 5-6 p.m.

Volunteers MUST be at least 14 years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Orientations are held at the new Southwest Communities Animal Center, 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar.

Areas Where Volunteers are Needed

AFV Shelter: Volunteers are scheduled at the shelter Monday through Friday,
8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
and Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Volunteers must sign up in advance.
We currently have space for 10 volunteers on Saturdays.

Basic duties include the following:

1. Cleaning cages and kennels
2. Polishing and dusting
3. Washing food and water bowls
4. Pulling weeds and doing yard work
5. Laundry, mopping and general housekeeping
6. Bathing the animals with a staff member
7. Overall care of the building, grounds and the live-in animals.

Each shift will end with interacting with the animals, giving treats to dogs or visiting with the kittens in the community cat room.

Off-site Adoption Shows: Every Saturday at the Temecula PETCO. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We're looking for responsible volunteers to work the entire shift, every Saturday. Work consists of setting up/breaking down kennels and catteries, walking dogs, answering questions from the public, and assisting in the adoption process.

Yard Checkers: We visit the yard of every family who adopts one of our dogs to make sure they have a suitable environment for him including a sturdy fence, plenty of space for his size, shade, etc. We need people from Fallbrook to Perris and Hemet. Yard checkers must be at least 18 years of age and have their own transportation and automobile insurance.

Foster Parents: Many animal lives are saved each year by people like you who take shelter animals into their homes to care for until they are adopted. Fostering frees up space in the shelter and gives animals extra time to find their special homes. Puppies and kittens, as well as adult animals, need foster homes. For information on becoming a foster parent, please call our foster program coordinator at 951-674-0618, ext. 216, or print out a foster parent application and mail to us. Foster parents must be over 18 years of age or have parental permission.

Information for foster families.

Fundraising Events: Volunteers are needed to help at fundraising events throughout the
year. Duties may include set up/break down, registration, coordinating people and animals, or working booths. Our annual Fore...The Animals Golf Tournament, Wines for Canines, and Spooktacular Pet Parade are some of our larger events at which we depend on the help of volunteers.

Seniors' Pet Day: AFV understands the special bond senior citizens can form with animals. We regularly take animals to local senior communities to visit with the residents. If you have a pet who would enjoy making the day brighter for a group of seniors, please consider joining us for a Seniors' Pet Day. You and your pet can make a difference!

Shelter Office: Volunteers are needed at the shelter office to help with filing.

How to Volunteer

All volunteers must fill out a volunteer application, release of liability, and work agreement and bring with them to a volunteer orientation meeting before scheduling volunteer time (please do not mail the application.) Volunteers must be scheduled in order to work. Volunteer orientations are held the first and third Wednesday of each month from 5-6 p.m.

More information about volunteering.

If you are interested in volunteering at the shelter on Saturdays, you must sign up in advance. We currently have space for a maximum of 10 volunteers, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

All volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

AFV volunteer t-shirts must be worn while volunteering for AFV. T-shirts can be purchased at the orientation or on the first day of volunteering for $10 each.

Students can fulfill their high school community service requirement by volunteering for AFV.

To make an appointment or inquire about the volunteer program, please contact our volunteer coordinator at 951-674-0618, ext. 214