Opportunities to volunteer (for 15+ yr olds) abound at 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue. Helping us care for and adopt thousands of animals every year is really fun and rewarding. We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteer team! Volunteer opportunities are available at our Sedalia boarding facility, our Castle Rock PetSmart adoption events, and our Park Meadows PetCo adoption events. Throughout the year, we have various other locations and volunteer needs that will be posted on our private Facebook Foster/Volunteer Group. Once approved as a volunteer, you can join that group.
Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us!
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to complete a volunteer application. We need help walking dogs, transporting animals, painting at our facility, or helping at an event.
Did you know that you can help animals no matter how old you are? There are millions of dogs and cats in need of homes all over the U.S., and therefore so many volunteer opportunities for youth at 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue. Anyone under the age of 18 can complete an application and volunteer with an adult/parent present.
Opportunities for Youth
1. Be a Rescue Pet Champion
A Rescue Pet Champion is someone who supports 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue through online fundraising efforts. Using our toolkit, we’ll help you launch your own campaign online. The fundraising page will be personalized with your own message and we’ll give you all the tools you need to make it a success. At the end of your campaign, we’ll present you with a certificate for your contribution, a ‘Rescue Pet Champion’ t-shirt and a Reference Letter stating your achievements. We’ll take photos with you and your friends or family and introduce you to some of our rescue dogs or cats. They’ll just love being in your photo to say thanks! We’ll share your success in our monthly newsletter and social media too. Email: email@example.com to get started.
2. Be a Foster Family Member
Ask your parents to help you foster a homeless dog or cat. There are so many animals in need of a safe temporary place to hang out while they recover from an illness or injury, and some puppies and kittens need a quiet place to grow, away from the busy animal shelter. Some of our bigger dogs have been here a long time and need a break from their kennel. If you can commit your time and resources to fostering an animal, you’ll be helping two animals—the one you take into your home and another one who will get a place in the shelter.
It can be hard to say goodbye to an animal you’ve been fostering once they’re adopted into a permanent home and no longer need you to take care of them. But the good news is that because of you, an animal got a second chance at life in a loving home, and that’s pretty awesome! Fostering an animal is a big commitment, so you’ll need to ask your parents to help while you’re at school. Ask your parents to complete an application here and send us an email to let us know about your application (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. Join our Social Media 30-day Challenge
Using one of our social media outlets (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter), share our daily posts with your network to increase visibility of our organization and the animals in our care. This will help increase adoptions too! All you have to do is share, tag us and encourage your friends to share too! If you complete the challenge, we’ll send you a certificate outlining your contribution by mail.
4. Host a Donation Drive at Your School
Ask your teacher or school principal if you can lead a donation drive at your school for our animal shelter. You and your parents can write a letter telling your school officials how you plan on doing it and why it’s important to collect items that animals in shelters need, like food, blankets and cleaning supplies. You can encourage students to bring in these goods on a specific day and by having a friendly competition by class. The class that collects the most items can win a prize. Ask your local pizzeria if they’ll donate pizzas for the winning class. You can ask your classmates and their friends and family to donate. And get a group of your own friends together to make colorful posters so you can spread the word about the donation drive around the school. Let us know about your drive by emailing us at email@example.com. We can support you in many ways.
5. Plan a Free Car Wash Fundraiser
Raise 10X more with a FREE CAR WASH instead of a traditional one. Here’s how. Instead of charging each car a fee, your group of volunteers solicit pledges of fifty cents or a dollar per washed car.
Let’s say that 20 volunteers get ten pledges each and average only fifty cents per car. So, after 30 cars are washed, each volunteer collects $150.00 ($15/sponsor x 10 sponsors). Those twenty volunteers combined have now made $3,000.00! ($150/worker x 20 workers). Imagine how much more your fundraising group would make if you washed more cars or charged more per pledge.
In addition to the money your group makes from pledges, you can tell each customer about your fundraiser and ask for donations using donation jars. Most people will contribute something out of a sense of obligation since they’re getting their cars washed for free.
On top of the pledges and donations, you can still get sponsors to provide the supplies or the signs, as you would with a regular car wash fundraiser. And, of course, you can still sell water and snacks too. Use social media to promote your event and ask your parents to do the same.
At the end of your fundraiser, we’ll present each volunteer with a certificate for your contribution and a Reference Letter stating your achievements. We’ll take photos with your group and introduce you to some of our rescue dogs or cats. They’ll just love being in your photo to say thanks! We’ll share your success in our monthly newsletter and social media too. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your car wash fundraiser so we can help.
6. Have Your Birthday Party Benefit Our Animals
You can ask friends and family to donate items on our wish list in place of birthday gifts or ask them to make a cash donation to raise funds. We’ll schedule a time to receive the items at our facility and present you with a certificate for your contribution and efforts and a Reference Letter stating your achievements. We’ll take photos with you and your friends and family and introduce you to some of our rescue dogs or cats. They’ll just love being in your photo to say thanks! We’ll share your success in our monthly newsletter and social media too. See items listed below and email: email@example.com to let us know about it.
7. Feature 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue for your next school project or essay.
Many schools have essay competitions and donate money for the winning essay to your choice of charity. Learn and write about 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue. We’re here to answer your questions and show you around our facility as well. Send us a copy of your completed essay so we can share it with our followers (optional).
Are you ready to be a hero for the animals?
If you have other fundraising ideas, let us know how we can help.
The Court-Ordered Community Service Program at 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue is available for individuals who are required to complete court-ordered community service hours. Due to limited time and training, Community Service volunteers will not have direct animal contact while working at our facility. Community Service tasks will include, but are not limited to kennel cleaning, laundry, dishes, and mopping floors. If you have any physical limitations or health concerns, please let us know in advance in your application, so that we can assess if we have tasks that accommodate your needs. Please note that 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue reserves the right to refuse a Community Service volunteer at any time for any reason.
• All Community Service volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
• We CANNOT accept Community Service volunteers with the following charges, either current or past: felonies, violence/assault or animal cruelty.
• We are not able to accept Community Service volunteers with less than 20 hours.
• You will be required to submit and pay for a background check before being accepted into the program. The fee is $19.00 (non-refundable).
• All shifts need to be scheduled ahead of time. We have shifts seven days per week: 7:00 am – 10:00 am and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. They are 3 hours minimum each.
• Community Service volunteers will not handle animals.
1. Complete the application here. If you qualify for the program, you will be sent an email with a link to pay for and fill out a background check. If you do not qualify for the program, you will be notified.
2. Fill out and pay for a background check ($19.00 – non-refundable).
3. If you are eligible based on your background check, you will be invited to attend orientation and training. You’ll be required to sign a volunteer waiver.
4. Once you have completed all required hours, our facility manager will fill out your time sheet and get it back to you and/or your case manager, depending on the requirements of the court.
If you have any additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We realize that things happen which may cause you to cancel a shift. By following the guidelines below, we are more able to fill any cancellation.
- When you know in advance, please cancel your shift with at least 72 hours notice to allow other volunteers the opportunity to fill your spot. All cancellations outside 24 hours should be done directly online using signup.com.
- If you must cancel within 24 hours, please cancel on signup.com and also send an email to: email@example.com to let us know. Cancellations within 24 hours unfortunately do not allow us time to fill the shift so we appreciate your assistance in minimizing last-minute cancellations. Volunteers with 3 cancellations within 24 hours will be removed from our volunteer roster.
- Volunteers who do not cancel in advance and do not arrive for their scheduled shift will be considered a ‘no show’ and may be permanently removed from the volunteer roster.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding on the above cancellation policy. Thank you for choosing to serve the animals in our care. We’re grateful that you are a part of our community.
We host many volunteer groups! Whether through a work-initiative, a social group or just friends, we have several projects we’d love help with.
To determine if we can accommodate your group, please complete the form below. All persons are required to complete a waiver upon arrival and a volunteer application must be completed in advance for each person. Volunteer t-shirts are available for a donation of $15.00 each. Note: background checks are not required for groups who are volunteering for one-time only.
Complete the Form