Volunteer

Be a Hero and Help Save Lives

It only takes a little time to make a big difference in the lives of over 40,000 animals we care for annually. There are dozens of ways to get involved. Read on to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and how you can get started.

LifeLine Volunteers with a shelter dog.
Volunteer FAQs

As the largest animal welfare organization in Atlanta, LifeLine is working with our community to redefine “humane.” LifeLine is a progressive leader in national initiatives to serve the community by providing access to resources and support to keep pets with their families, reducing barriers to pet adoption, enriching the lives of shelter animals, helping more lost and found pets return home and working towards a goal of having 50% of our shelter population residing in foster homes. Learn more about LifeLine Animal Project.

Our over 700 volunteers are proud to join our mission and make a difference for the pets and people of our community. Are you in? Sign up to become a volunteer.

Yes. We are proud to operate two open admission shelters that continuously reach no-kill save rates every month. See our Shelter Statistics page for more info on our save rate over the years.

“No-kill” means that we are able to achieve a 90% lifesaving rate, at least, at the county shelters we operate. This means we are able to save 90% of the animals that enter our shelters. This rate is the industry benchmark that acknowledges the need to consider the best interests of the animals in our care, our community at large, and to avoid needless suffering. We always need support from our community to help us achieve and exceed our goals. Adoption, fostering, volunteering, donating and advocating for our cause are all valuable ways to make a difference in our community.

Volunteers ages 10 and up are welcome. However, you must be 18 years old to volunteer independently. Youth volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult at all times through the orientation training process and for all volunteer activities. 

Youth volunteers can assist with opportunities like making enrichment items and activities for our pets, socializing with our cats, helping with events, hosting donation drives, cleaning laundry and dishes and even supporting our content team by creating graphics and taking photos. While youth volunteers cannot participate in animal handling activities, they can accompany their guardian while the adult handles the pets in our care.

First, create your volunteer account. Then, watch our three digital orientation videos and schedule your in-person volunteer orientation at one of our three shelter locations. We ensure that all of our volunteers, even the most skilled volunteers, go through the same training and onboarding processes. There are many things unique to LifeLine, and we want our volunteers to be well informed before getting started.

Volunteers are also encouraged to grow and learn new skills. LifeLine offers training on reading animal body language and behavior, honing marketing skills like bio writing and pet photography, matchmaking to help adopters find the perfect pet for them and more!

Yes! We have several activities at all five of our facilities that do not involve handling animals, as well as remote volunteer opportunities. Check out all of our different volunteer opportunities and see how you can make a difference!

There are many ways to help support our mission without having to come to a shelter. Remote volunteers complete the same steps as above, but instead of coming to an orientation at the shelter, they can jump right into helping with remote projects like data entry, writing pet profiles, editing videos and making flyers, and helping to reunite lost pets with their families and keep pets out of the shelters. Some other offsite opportunities include driving transports (local and long-distance), participating in our foster program, representing LifeLine at offsite events, holding a donation drive in your community and more!

No. We don’t have a requirement for volunteering per month, but we do recommend that you try to volunteer at least 6 hours per month if possible. If you are inactive for more than a year, your account will be deactivated and you will be asked to complete retraining if you would like to resume volunteering.

We offer volunteer opportunities for community service for educational requirements through group volunteering, individual volunteering opportunities at our shelters and through our foster programs. 

Court-ordered community service is offered through a separate program than our other volunteer opportunities. Court-ordered community service excludes dog walking or cat socializing. Learn more about our Community Service program.

Yes. We offer opportunities for groups of varying sizes. Our volunteer groups are categorized into specific types based on the group makeup. Complete our volunteer group inquiry form to get started.

Please complete our Event Inquiry form, and our event team will be in touch to discuss the details of your request.

Yes. On our Wishlist page, we link to our Amazon charity list and additional items that can be donated.

Beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, wearing a mask while volunteering is optional. If you would like to wear a mask, please do so, but they are no longer required. 

All locations will continue to monitor the number of volunteers, visitors and clients in our shelters and clinics. The number of visitors in the building at one time can be limited to ensure the safety and comfort of staff and volunteers.

We also continuing to ask that anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or believes they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, to follow current quarantine recommendations.

Individuals must be 18 years or older to volunteer on their own. Youth volunteers must be at least 10 years old and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian volunteer. For those under 10 years of age, we offer remote do-it-yourself projects.

A Few of Our Volunteer Opportunities
Cat & Dog Exercise and Enrichment
Help keep pets happy and active by assisting with dog walking, socializing cats and dogs, or assembling enrichment toys
Community Outreach
Work with our Pets for Life and Community Programs teams to provide support to pet owners in our community. This can include lost/found assistance, translation services and Healthy Pets volunteering.
Media Volunteer
Help gather photos and information about our pets' personalities, write compelling profiles and maintain databases used to match pets with potential fosters and adopters.
Transport Volunteer
Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport animals to veterinary appointments, rescue groups or offsite adoption events. This position involves local and/or interstate trips.
Clinic Volunteer
Wash instruments, wrap and sterilize surgery packs and monitor patients waking up from anesthesia.
Matchmaker
Help staff match potential adopters and fosters with pets who are the best fit for their lifestyles and families.

VOLUNTEER GROUPS

Is your company, youth or educational group interested in learning more about LifeLine Animal Project and volunteering at one of our locations? Complete our Volunteer Group Inquiry form so that we can better assist you in scheduling your group.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

LifeLine Animal Project offers court-ordered community service work (CSW) opportunities at three of our locations. To get started, complete the application and attend an orientation.

Volunteer Spotlight

We hope you’ll be inspired to join our mission and become a LifeLine volunteer. Not convinced? Hear from current LifeLine volunteers as we spotlight them each quarter!

START A FUNDRAISER

Host a Facebook fundraiser for LifeLine and ask your social media friends to help support Atlanta’s animals. It’s an easy way to help us care for the homeless pets in our shelters and contribute to our lifesaving programs.

SHOP FOR GOOD

When you shop at Smile.Amazon.com and select LifeLine Animal Project as your charity, you’ll experience the same ease of shopping with the added bonus that Amazon donates a portion of your purchase price to LifeLine.

DONATE TODAY

You can be a hero to our animals by making a tax-deductible donation today.