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Ways to Volunteer

For over 30 years, Friends of the Animals has helped Jackson County Animal Shelter care for tens of thousands of lost, abandoned, and stray pets. FOTAS works with the ever-changing needs of the Shelter, and the community at large to find ways to help the animals through the process and ready them for adoption.

Below are just some of the many ways you can join our volunteer team.

Fostering Kittens/Cats or Puppies/Dogs

Fostering saves lives, and Friends of the Animals is always in need of new foster families for both kittens/cats and puppies/dogs. 

You can provide a “home-between-homes” for kittens and puppies that are too young to spay/neuter, and adult cats and dogs that, through no fault of their own, need to find a new, permanent loving home.

FOTAS provides supplies, training, and plenty of support, and we take care of finding them new homes. Requests are emailed to foster families, and you raise your hand when it is convenient for you and your family to foster.

Foster homes can already have cats and dogs. Sometimes homes with kids are fabulous, and sometimes a quieter environment is better. It all depends on the animals’ needs.

This is a wonderful and personal way to help save homeless pets. Please apply to become a foster today!

Dog walkers needed - shelter dogs need daily exercise and companionship - become a volunteer dog walker

Dog Care/Walking

Volunteer to walk dogs and puppies that are waiting for a family to give them a good home. Daily walks provide dogs with mental stimulation, socialization, exercise, training, and the opportunity to relieve themselves outside of the kennels. It is rewarding to see how enthusiastically the dogs respond to their walker companions and how calm and well behaved they are when prospective adopters come to visit. This is one of the most needed volunteer opportunities we provide.

Cat Care

Volunteer to spend time petting, grooming and socializing cats and kittens that are waiting to be adopted. Daily attention and tender loving care helps to keep cats friendly and relieves the stress from living in a kennel. Cat volunteers help the cats look and feel better, as well as make them easier to handle, which helps them get adopted quicker. 

Adoption Counselors

Help pets find new homes by answering potential adopters’ questions at the Shelter. Adoption counseling can be one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities because you help potential adopters find a pet that matches their personality and lifestyle, thus ensuring the pet has a permanent, loving home.

Spanish-Speaking Volunteers Needed! We would love to have more Spanish-speaking volunteers to help out as Adoption Counselors.  If you’re bi-lingual and comfortable talking with people, we need you!

Special Events

Lend a helping hand at fun community-outreach events, parades, fairs, and outreach events. Check out our Events Calendar to find out more about upcoming events.


Volunteer to help raise funds to support our lifesaving programs and services. Volunteers help at fundraising events, assist with mailing the annual appeal newsletter, write thank you cards, find sponsors for print ads, and much more.

Volunteer Orientation

Please attend a New Volunteer Orientation to hear about our current volunteer opportunities and to figure out which activity will work best for you! Volunteer orientations are held monthly. A reservation is requested so we can prepare for each orientation. 

Reserve your space!

Call 541-708-0090  or  Send an Email

Sister Organization Volunteer Opportunities

The Street Dog Project

Consider donating to and/or joining the Street Dog Project outreach team to contribute up to 4 hours/week passing out dog food, harnesses and leashes to homeless dog owners (and cat owners) in order to establish rapport and encourage them to get their pets spayed/neutered.

Taking a compassionate approach to help those in the homeless community decide to spay or neuter their dogs is good for the entire community and helps to reduce the overpopulation problem.  

Visit the Rogue Valley Street Dog Project website for program and volunteer details.

Working Cats Volunteer Opportunities

Working Cats is a Feral Cats Advocacy program that seeks to find adoption placements for healthy adult cats that are not suitable for a traditional adoption because they have not been socialized to humans. These cats provide a service to the community as pest/rodent control and deterrent. Previously deemed ‘unadoptable,’ now these cats can live out their lives outdoors. All they need is a safe sheltered space with regular access to food and water.

Visit the Feral Cats Advocacy Working Cats website for volunteer and adoption details. 

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Adopt a Cat!

Find your purrfect companion.

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Adopt a Dog

Find your new best friend.

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Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer with FOTAS

kittens for adoption need spay/neuter services

Spay/Neuter Services

Help stop overpopulation

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Foster Opportunities

Be a foster, save a life

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