Volunteer your time with the residents that call this area home

Volunteer shifts must be scheduled as far in advance as possible. Each animal area has a maximum number of volunteers it can accommodate during each shift. To get started, please visit volunteers.bestfriends.org or contact the Sanctuary Volunteer Department at volunteers@bestfriends.org or 435-644-2001, ext. 4119.


We truly appreciate the wonderful work our volunteers do towards making a difference in the animals’ lives and would love to welcome you as a volunteer.

Dogtown Volunteer Projects

There are many ways you can make a difference in helping our dogs find their forever home. While volunteering you might be asked to help with any of the following tasks:

  • Sweeping or mopping the floors in buildings, runs, or patios
  • Raking the runs and filling in holes
  • Taking dogs on walks (weather dependent)
  • Feeding, along with a caregiver (some dogs have special diets so a caregiver must be present during all feedings)
  • Socializing (first ask the caregiver if the dog is toy-aggressive)
  • Brushing
  • Poop scooping
  • Cleaning doggie door flaps
  • Clearing walking trails of rocks, sticks, or poop
  • Cleaning and refilling water pails
  • Cleaning and refilling pools in the summer
  • Taking dogs on an outing (special considerations apply)
  • Walking the fencing to make sure no holes are being created
  • Doing other general cleaning and special projects (ask the caregiver)
  • Wrapping whistles
  • Making treat pouches for outings and sleepover bags
  • General office work if you cannot be out in the elements
  • Washing dishes
  • Helping with laundry
  • Weeding runs
  • Helping out with Dogtown Maintenance

Dogtown Safety Guidelines

To keep you and our animal friends safe, here are a few things that you should be aware of before volunteering:

Closed-toe shoes are required for volunteering in all animal areas. Sneakers or hiking shoes are the preferred footwear and shoes must have a heel strap at minimum. Clog type shoes are not permitted as shoes could fall off while walking or working with animals, climbing ladders or performing other volunteer tasks.

  • Parking and driving are permitted only in designated areas.
  • You must have your own transportation to the area in which you’re volunteering.
  • It is very important to clip all gates closed when entering or leaving a dog run.
  • Please be aware that dogs like to jump up on people, which could cause or exacerbate injuries.
  • Be careful not to place your face close to a dog’s face in case a biting reaction occurs.
  • If you see a dog fight starting, blow your whistle until a staff member arrives. Please don’t try to break up a fight yourself.
  • Dogtown trails are for walking only; running with the dogs is not allowed.
  • While we welcome your questions about our dog-training procedures, we ask that you please refrain from trying to train them on your own.
  • Please do not bring your personal pets to Dogtown.
  • Please do not use cell phones or cameras when you are supervising a dog. This includes walking a dog on or off Sanctuary proper during your volunteer shift or while on an outing or sleepover.

Are you interested in volunteering at Dogtown? Click here to get started.