Want to help pets by participating in an awesome lifesaving event? Volunteer at the conference in Houston, Texas!

Volunteering is a great way to help the animals, all while having fun and meeting new people who also have an interest in animal welfare. At the 2022 national conference, 101 dedicated Best Friends volunteers traveled from near and far to lend a hand and contributed over 1,190 hours to make the conference a huge success. We’re hoping those numbers are even bigger this year!  

From team leaders to event-day volunteers, we need an eager and dedicated crew to assist with various tasks, starting with event setup on Wednesday, August 9, and ending with the event closing activities on Saturday, August 12. Even if you’re available just one day between August 9-12, we’d love for you to be part of the team.


Volunteers are crucial to the conference’s success because they help things run smoothly and ensure every attendee has a great time.

 If you would like to volunteer or have questions about volunteering, please email bfvolcoord@bestfriends.org  today. 



Volunteer helping a smiling conference attendee

Volunteer opportunities

Looking for a list of volunteer opportunities we anticipate having at the Best Friends National Conference? 

Things to consider before volunteering

From setup to teardown to greeting, assisting, and registering attendees, there are tons of volunteer opportunities to match your interests. 

You must be at least 18 years old and able to volunteer at least one full shift lasting about four hours. We ask non-local volunteers to commit to a full day (two shifts).  

A vegan lunch is provided for those who volunteer full-day shifts. All other meals, transportation, and lodging expenses are up to you.  

If you want to attend sessions on days you're not volunteering, we suggest you register to attend the conference rather than volunteer. As a volunteer, you won’t have access to the sessions. 

Online volunteer orientation and training sessions will be offered before the conference. If you can't attend a live session, you can watch a recorded session instead. Training for some volunteer positions (e.g., team leads and lead session room hosts) will be in the form of live webinars. These orientations require attendance.