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Thank you for your interest in joining the Ruff Haven volunteer crew! As our organization is mostly run by volunteers, they are the heart of our team. Volunteers allow us to provide the best care to our four-legged residents, as well as our human clients. Whether you are available on the weekdays, or weekends, or are only available for remote opportunities, we have a place for you here at Ruff Haven. Join us today in helping keep pets with their people! If you are looking for Court Ordered community service hours, please click HERE

Basic Requirements for Volunteers

  • Must be at least 18-years old

  • Must have a working email account and be able to access the Internet to sign up for shifts

  • Must be able to purchase a volunteer t-shirt for $10 and wear it every time you volunteer (if this is a hardship we will waive the fee)

  • Must be able to commit to at least one volunteer shift per month (2-hour time commitment) for at least six months

  • Support the mission of Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering



Current Volunteers: Login to the volunteer database here to sign up for shifts and to update your information.

  • Cat Room Volunteer
    Volunteers work to ensure the cleanliness of the cages, while socializing the cats and kittens. We have up to seven residents in our Cat Room at a time. Specific duties include: socializing and comforting the cats; monitoring behavior and medical needs on daily log; maintaining cleanliness cages and the room; stocking supplies; assisting with dishes; scrubbing litter pans; sweeping and mopping; providing fresh water; and passing out toys. Direct animal handling required.
  • Dog Walking Volunteer
    Volunteers will walk the resident client dogs who are in boarding during their time in our program. This helps provide enrichment and exercise, especially for the dogs who may not be able to open play with other dogs. Specific duties include: walking dogs near Dogs All Day in SLC, using clicker training to help them develop positive behaviors, socializing the dogs with new people. Direct animal handling required.
  • Delivery Driver- Pet Food Pantry
    Ruff Haven has an onsite pet food pantry twice a month for Utah residents. This occurs on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, from 3-6 PM. Deliveries can be done anytime between 12-6 PM on those days. You choose the time that best works with your schedule! We provide delivery of pet food and other supplies to homebound individuals. Volunteer opportunity entails delivering items to recipients within a 10-mile radius of 1370 S. 400 W. There are typically 9-10 deliveries, which take approximately two hours in total. The more delivery volunteers, the less time! Gas will be reimbursed. An optimized delivery route will be provided. Volunteer must have their own car and up-to-date insurance.
  • Pet Food Pantry Volunteer
    Ruff Haven has an onsite pet food pantry twice a month for Utah residents. This occurs on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, from 3-6 PM. Our pet food pantry is drive-up style, outside our facility. Volunteers will assist with pulling the requested orders and taking them out to the car. Many of them have adorable dogs inside! This volunteer opportunity can involve carrying up to 40 lb. dog food bags short distances of several feet, lifting bags onto and off of carts, and wheeling carts outside in all LSCweather conditions.
  • Events Volunteer
    Ruff Haven holds several events throughout the year. Many of these are booths at local business events, information tables, or other fun opportunities to spread the word about Ruff Haven. Be the welcoming face of Ruff Haven by answering questions, providing program information, and sell merchandise. You'll not only be an essential part of making our events a success, but you'll also have the chance to meet wonderful people, forge new friendships, and create lasting memories. Setup and tear down volunteers are also needed! Help us create an inviting and festive atmosphere for the event by assisting with setup and decoration tasks. Our merchandise booths are often the most attended and talked about of the event!

Apply To Volunteer With Us! 

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Volunteer Spotlights

March 2021- Eva Kubon

April 2021- Valerie Yoder

May 2021- Adrian Adams

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