When LifeLine opened its doors in 2002, a handful of passionate volunteers worked alongside staff to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta shelters. Today, over 2,400 volunteers have committed to help LifeLine transform Atlanta into a no-kill community by 2016.
LifeLine Animal Project Volunteer Opportunities
Office and Administrative Assistance
Volunteers assist with filing, mailings, data entry, completing paperwork, returning phone calls and other specialized projects.
Acting as an Adoption Advocate involves getting to know an individual dog, attending adoption events to promote the dog, posting and distributing provided flyers, and acting as an special advocate for one of the many adoptable dogs who—due to breed, size, color or a combination of these—have been overlooked.
Adoption Counselor Assistant
Volunteers help match potential pet owners with dogs or cats at the shelter by answering questions, discussing compatibility and interpreting information on kennel cards. Volunteers also educate the public on the importance of proper pet care and spay/neuter.
Offsite Adoption Event Volunteer
Volunteers assist staff at various adoption events around the Atlanta area. Duties include assisting in set up, maintaining the safety and well-being of the dogs, answering questions posed by the public, and exercising/entertaining our adoptable dogs. We encourage you to educate yourself about our organization, as well as develop relationships with individual homeless dogs.
Animal Photographer and Pet Profile Writer
An attractive photo of the pups or kitties allows shelter staff to effectively promote the animals on social media. This position allows volunteers to use their own cameras to take photographs of adoptable shelter animals and write appealing descriptions of the pets. Pet profiles include details that will appeal to potential adopters, such as the animal’s energy level, how interactive it is with humans, whether it appears to get along with other pets and if it responds to basic commands.
Dog Bather and Groomer
Volunteers help groom and bathe animals available for adoption (primarily dogs) to help keep them healthy and in good appearance for potential adopters.
Volunteers provide dogs with much needed exercise by taking them on walks through the neighborhood surrounding the shelter. Along with basic dog-handling skills, a moderate degree of physical activity is necessary. Additional training will be provided. We encourage walkers to help our homeless dogs develop leash manners, as well as receive exercise and socialization.
Dog for the Day Walker
Our Dog for the Day Program is a great way to give our pups a break from the shelter environment and get them seen by potential adopters, whether yourself or by the public! You can take one of our pups to the park, go for a hike, or simply relax at your house. The potential for fun is endless! You will be provided with a leash, harness, and an "adopt-me" vest for the dog you choose.
Our Sleepover Program is a great way to get the dogs out of the shelter for a night and into a loving, family environment. It gives our dogs the chance to decompress from the shelter, which can be very beneficial for them. Our pups would love to snuggle on the couch, binge-watching Netflix or going for a walk around your neighborhood! It also gives potential adopters the chance to get to know the dog better before making a long-term commitment.
A group ranging between six and several dozen volunteers takes our shelter dogs out for some fresh air and excercise every Tuesday on a group jog. Beyond getting some great exercise, it is a great way for both dogs and dog handlers to socialize and have fun.
Tails on the Trail
Volunteers meet up, typically at Piedmont Park, and take a dog they have selected and learned about to walk around for around an hour. Our Tails on the Trail program combines many of the adventurous elements of our Dog for the Day program with the social benefits of our Run Club.
Every other Tuesday our CHARM School volunteers help showcase the skills and talent of shelter dogs with all-positive reinforcement training in a program originally developed by Happy Healthy Pup. New member orientation takes just fifteen minutes and the full class is just one hour long.
This position involves socializing cats by petting, playing, and talking to them, which helps them build trust for people and other animals. It is a great opportunity for volunteers to provide human contact to cats and assist staff members with basic care. Duties also include cleaning litter boxes, refreshing food and water, and providing much needed TLC.
Dog Foster Parent
This position involves caring for a homeless dog in your home while he or she awaits adoption. The dogs in our foster program often have special needs that would be best served by a home environment. Often they are simply too young or too old, need help recovering after surgery, or simply would benefit from the quiet and love of a foster home. There are certain requirements prior to being approved as a Foster Parent, including completing a Foster Parent Application and home visit.
Cat Foster Parent
Becoming a cat foster parent involves caring for one or more homeless cats or kittens in your home while they await adoption. The cats/kittens may be too young to be adopted, in need of recovery time from an illness or injury, abused or abandoned cats/kittens who need socialization, kittens who need to be bottle fed, or homeless mommy cats with litters of kittens. There are certain requirements prior to being approved as a Foster Parent, including completing a Foster Parent Application and a home visit.
Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport animals to veterinary appointments, rescue groups or offsite adoption events. This position involves socializing and comforting the animals, monitoring behavior during transport and ensuring paperwork is transported with animal.
Community Cat Program | Trap-Neuter-Return Volunteer
This position helps support a program which provides education to individuals or groups in order for them to implement a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program in their backyard or residential/business neighborhoods. TNR releases feral cats back into their neighborhoods and outdoor homes once they have been spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Their caretakers then provide on-going care with food, shelter, water, supervision and veterinary treatment when needed. Volunteers are needed to help with trapping, transporting to our clinic (use of your own vehicle required), fostering kittens, and feeding cat colonies.
The LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinics need volunteers to assist our veterinary staff. We provide spay/neuter surgeries, testing, and vaccinations for pets belonging to the general public, as well as for rescued dogs and cats in shelters or foster care. Volunteers assist by completing paperwork, washing instruments, wrapping and sterilizing surgery packs, monitoring patients while they wake up from anesthesia, and providing loving attention to pets in our care.
Volunteers work with LifeLine to create a greater presence in target areas and underserved communities. This position involves participating in community events to promote spaying & neutering, vaccinations, monthly adoption promotions and responsible pet ownership.
This position involves closely working with the LifeLine Volunteer Services staff to develop and lead volunteer programs. Leadership volunteers are instrumental in recruiting, engaging and training volunteers and promoting volunteer opportunities.
This position involves attending special events and educating the public about our mission and our programs. This may include tabling special events, phone solicitation, and event planning. All material and information will be provided before an event.
Fundraising volunteers work with the LifeLine Development team to create, implement, staff, and manage our many fundraisers throughout the year. Volunteers interested in marketing and PR help broadcast our message loud and clear. From print media to radio, television and web broadcasts, volunteers actively engage the public to promote spaying/neutering and homeless pet adoptions.