Teen Volunteers

Teen Volunteer Program

Longmont Humane Society is incredibly proud to have independent volunteer opportunities for teens! Volunteering at LHS can be a rewarding experience for teens. It not only benefits the animals but also helps teens develop important life skills, empathy, and a sense of responsibility. Our teen program is open to teens ages 13-18, (and still in high school).

If you are looking for opportunities for younger children, please see our “adult with child” program.

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STEP 1 – CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAM

Junior Animal Care Assistant (JACA)

For teens 13-18

JACA Volunteers help our staff by cleaning, filling, and passing out Kongs to the dogs, filling water bowls, performing enrichment activities, and visiting with the dogs in their kennels.

JACA Training consists of two classroom days – a total of four hours of training. Both days of training must be completed in order to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Once a week for a 90-minute shift – we ask for a commitment of at least three months to help us plan our volunteer staffing needs.

Shift times:

  • 11:30 – 1:00
  • 1:00 – 2:30
  • 2:30 – 4:00
  • These shifts are available every day of the week.

Teen Dog TLC

For teens 14-18

Dog TLC Volunteers assist with walking and socializing adoptable dogs. As a TLC Volunteer you are an integral part of our team – ensuring that dogs get out of their kennels as much as possible.

Dog TLC Training consists of 6 hours of training: two classroom days and one test day. All three sessions must be completed in order to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Once a week for a two-hour shift – we ask for a commitment of at least three months to help us plan our volunteer staffing needs.

Shift Times:

  • 8:00 – 10:00 am
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • These shifts are available every day of the week.

feline friends

For teens 14-18

Feline Friends Volunteers assist with socializing our adoptable cats. As a Feline Friend Volunteer, you will visit and play with our kitties – providing enrichment and exercise while they await their furrever homes.

Feline Friends Training consists of one two-hour training session. Please Note: Our Feline Friends program is currently full. However, opportunities for Feline Friends Training may become available after you become an established volunteer.

Time Commitment: Once a week for a two-hour shift – we ask for a commitment of at least three months to help us plan our volunteer staffing needs.

Shift Times:

  • 8:00 – 10:00 am
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 – 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • These shifts are available every day of the week.

small paws

For teens 13-18

Small Paws Volunteers assist with socializing our adoptable guinea pigs, rabbits, and rats. As a Small Paws Volunteer, you will help by visiting and playing with the small mammals and providing enrichment activities for them.

Small Paws Training consists of one two-hour training session. Please Note: Our Small Paws program is currently full. However, opportunities for Small Paws Training may become available after you become an established volunteer.

Time Commitment: Once a week for a 90 minute shift – we ask for a commitment of at least three months to help us plan our volunteer staffing needs.

Shift Times:

  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • 1:00 – 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm
  • 4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • These shifts are available every day of the week.

STEP 2 – CHECK YOUR CALENDAR  

Our next Teen Orientation is June 4th, 6:30-7:30 pm

  • This orientation is for BOTH JACA and Teen Dog TLC candidates.
  • All new teen volunteers must attend orientation with a parent or guardian.
  • Location: Longmont Humane Society – back side of the building – look for the roll-up (garage style) doors.
  • What to bring: $25 to cover the cost of a t-shirt and program administration.

Please Note: The next Teen Volunteer Orientation is offered quarterly. The next orientation will not be until Fall.

Junior Animal Care Assistant (JACA)
TRAINING DATES

Training Day 1: Wednesday, June 5 from 4:00 – 6:00

Training Day 2: Thursday, June 6 from 4:00 – 6:00

Teen Dog TLC
TRAINING DATES

Training Day 1: Tuesday, June 11 from 4:00 – 6:00

Training Day 2: Wednesday, June 12 from 4:00 – 6:00

Test Days – Choice between Thursday, June 13, 4:00 – 6:00 OR Friday, June 14, 4:00 – 6:00

FELINE FRIENDS TRAINING DATE

One training day: June 22 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am

STEP 3 – APPLY and RSVP VIA EMAIL  

Ready to join the team?

➡️ Complete the Teen Volunteer Application HERE

➡️ RSVP with your NAME and the PROGRAM you are interested in joining (JACA or Dog TLC) to volunteer@longmonthumane.org


QUESTIONS? Please email volunteer@longmonthumane.org or call us at (303) 772-1232 ext. 278


Alternatives to the Teen Volunteer Program:  If the available orientation and training dates do not work for your schedule, please consider these alternatives – and check back soon as we hold orientation and training sessions quarterly.

FOSTER! Our foster program is always in need of homes to send animals & our foster coordinator is able to sign off on school hours for fostering. You can read more about the Foster Program here

HOST A FUNDRAISER! Many teens hold fundraisers on their own and then donate funds or items from our wish list. Please see our Fundraising Page. Please note that our volunteer program cannot sign off on school hours for this.

Opportunities for Younger Children (Ages 8-12)

We know there are many children in this age group who would love to work with the animals; unfortunately, we do not have the supervision to offer this as independent volunteer work.  May we suggest, however, that an adult, over the age of 18, work as the primary volunteer, and the child may accompany the adult during their volunteer time.  Please refer to our Adult Volunteer opportunities for more information.