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Thank You for Wanting to Lend a Helping Paw!


Almost Home’s volunteers are a vital part of our organization and help us in a variety of ways. Volunteers help with everything from walking dogs to cleaning to planning events. Our volunteers allow us to get more accomplished and give our pets a better quality of life while they are our guests. What seems like only a few hours each week to you will make a giant difference in the life of a homeless pet. Will you help us help them?

In what ways can you help?

Kennel Assistant

If you are available between the hours of 8:30 and 12:30, this is a great opportunity. Kennel Assistants are a vital part of our organization 365 days a year and allow us to complete more cleaning projects than just basic daily tasks.

Dog Playing for Life

Each day our adoptable dogs take part in play groups thanks to the Dogs Playing for Life program and you can help them have the time of their lives! Our DPFL volunteers assist AHHS staff with supervising play groups, moving dogs back and forth to the play yard and can eventually advance to leading groups. Love dogs? This could be the opportunity for you.

Dog Enrichment

Enrichment is a part of our dog’s daily protocols and you can help us make sure that it is completed. Enrichment volunteers help us prepare enrichments like treat cups and kongs, distribute them to our resident canines and also assist visitors to our dog kennels.

Dog Walking

Almost Home makes sure every dog is walked at least two times per day and we need your help to make this happen. Between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 and 2:00 unto 4:00 each day all of our dogs need a walk. If you love dogs and have free time that matches up with our needs, this could be your chance to make a shelter dog’s day.

Cat Enrichment

Our cat enrichment volunteers help us keep our cats happy and active while they are our guests at AHHS. This group of volunteers helps distribute daily cat enrichments (i.e. scratchers, cat nip toys), create new enrichment items and give the cats daily exercise. If you’re a feline fan, this is a great way to give back to our homeless cats.


Want to help people and animals? During our business late afternoon hours and on Saturday, Almost Home is in need of greeters. You will be assisting visitors with signing in, directing them to the appropriate locations in the shelter and occasionally helping staff with answering phones and directing other guests.

Special Event Volunteer

Almost Home has many different events throughout the year. We often need additional help at off-site adoption events, fundraisers, and awareness events. Special event volunteers are used on an as needed basis.

For more information about volunteering and how you can help the homeless pets of AHHS contact Aggie at 765-474-5222 or

How to Become a Volunteer?

Your first step to becoming a volunteer is to fill out the form below and attend an orientation. 

Now that you’ve submitted your application for volunteering with Almost Home you should show up to the next orientation of your interest.

Orientations are scheduled as follows.

Dog Handling & Play Groups-
Will be reached out to individually

Cat Enrichment & Socialization-

2nd Wednesday at 11 am

4th Wednesday at 11 am


Shelter Cleaning-

1st & 3rd Wednesday at 9 am


Laundry, Maintenance, Gardening and Greeting/Customer service-
2nd Wednesday at 10 am

4th Wednesday at 10 am

Disclaimers:  Orientation will last 1.5-2 hours; a volunteer position doesn't seem like the right fit we may ask you to consider other options; Volunteers must be prepared to commit to at least 2 separate - 2 hour shifts per month


To volunteer as an individual you must be at least 16 years of age. Family Volunteers Children 13-15 years of age are welcome to volunteer when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our family volunteers provide children with the opportunity to learn about Almost Home and provides our pets with the opportunity to interact with various ages of volunteers. All youth volunteers must be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the building.

Court-Ordered Community Service Almost Home accepts court-ordered community service for some offenses. To apply for this program applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be available between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Visit Almost Home at 1705 S. 2nd St. in Lafayette for an application.



New Volunteers

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Areas of Interest
Select all of the areas you would like to engage. For descriptions of volunteer positions see above.
Non-animal specific