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Volunteers make the Walk for Animals possible. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at this year's event on Saturday, May 6, 2023. As a volunteer you'll be part of the action, get to meet adorable animals, and be an integral part in supporting Animal Humane Society's mission to engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals.

All Walk for Animals volunteers receive a free T-shirt when they check-in for their role.

Age requirements

Volunteers for the Walk must be 16 years of age or older.

Volunteer roles

You'll be able to choose your top two role choices on the registration form. Please note that we do our best to assign you to a preferred role, but cannot guarantee that everyone will get one of their top choices. Shift times are subject to change.

The following roles are great if you're an outgoing, friendly person who doesn’t mind proactively and enthusiastically inviting guests to participate. Most require the ability to be mobile, bend, and reach, unless otherwise noted.

Poop Bag Patrol, 8:30 AM – 1 PM

Pet owners need to be supplied with bags to clean up after their pets. Volunteers in this position wander the grounds with all of the Walkers and their pets, distributing bags as needed to ensure pet waste is disposed of properly. Poop Bag Patrol also helps clean the grounds as they wander, including trash and unclaimed animal waste.

  • Volunteers will move throughout the grounds for a majority of the shift
  • Advertise and distribute poop bags to event participants
  • Walk the grounds and shout a little something like “Poop bags here! Get your poop bags here!” and let Walkers know we appreciate them helping us keep the grounds clean
  • Direct people to dispose of used poop bags in the specified bins/buckets at the waste/recycling stations
  • Clean any accidents left behind by Walkers and pick up trash and dispose of it in trash receptacles
  • Monitor trash receptacles and replace bags when needed

Location: This volunteer position takes place everywhere! You'll wander throughout the event grounds. Volunteers will be outdoors and unsheltered.

Flex Volunteer, 8:30 AM – 1 PM

Some volunteers are not able to attend the Walk and let us know in the days leading up to the event. We want to make sure we have other volunteers ready to fill in these vacated spots — this is where you come in! This could include helping with games and activities, doing crowd control, welcoming Walkers as they get to the fairgrounds, or even helping with check-in.

We will do our best to get you your specific role assignment the week leading up to the Walk. If you don't get one, you will be assigned the day of the Walk at the volunteer check-in area to fill in for volunteers who don’t show up. We absolutely need your help!

  • Be flexible and willing to help as directed
  • Communicate with volunteer services for placement
  • Generally, help and engage with attendees so they have fun!

Location: Check-in at the volunteer area in the Dairy Building, and you'll be directed to your assigned location.

Note: Current Animal Humane Society volunteers may sign up for a Walk for Animals role through Digital Cheetah.

Volunteer opportunities for groups

We're able to accommodate some small groups to volunteer. Each group member must register individually. We cannot guarantee group members will volunteer in the same area as few roles allow for more than 4-8 volunteers. Please encourage your group members to register as soon as possible, as volunteer slots fill up quickly.

Expectations and check-in details

All roles: Check in at Volunteer Check-in at the Dairy Building upon arrival. Training will be provided by staff leads when you arrive at your station. Staff will also be your primary go-to person throughout the day as questions arise. You will be provided maps and general information about the event as attendees often have general questions when visiting activities.

Outdoor roles: Dress comfortably and for the weather, anticipating temperature and precipitation changes. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that allows for movement.

Indoor roles: Although some roles are indoors and sheltered, they are not necessarily climate controlled. Please still dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that allows for movement.


Please fill out our contact form or call 763-432-4841 for more information. Thank you!