Volunteer Program

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 Changing lives, one animal at a time!

The Lone Ranger and Tonto.  Han Solo and Chewbacca.  Batman and Robin.  Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.  Laverne and Shirley.  What do these famous duos have in common? A sidekick who is loyal, faithful and helps save the day.

The Great Falls Animal Shelter is seeking volunteers from the age of 10 years old (10-14 year old volunteers will need a sponsor to volunteer with them.  The sponsor must be at least 16 years old.) and up to become part of its new Volunteer Program the Shelter Sidekicks. These loyal and trustworthy sidekicks will be asked to share their time and talents with shelter animals.

 Shelter Sidekicks' Goals

  • Socialize animals to make them more adoptable.
  • Return lost pets to their owners.
  • Increase visibility of the Shelter in the community.
  • Promote a positive image of the Shelter.
  • Look for opportunities to work with animal advocacy/rescue groups.
  • Provide temporary care for our Shelter pets through the Foster Care Program

Possible Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Walking Office Assistant Public Education
Dog Grooming/ Socializing Special Projects Special Events
Foster Caregiver (additional application required) Resourch Research Fundraising

View the job descriptions attached below.

If you are interested in being a part of the Shelter Sidekicks or the Youth Shelter Sidekicks please complete the appropriate Adult Volunteer or Youth Volunteer Application or call Laura McElhinney, the Volunteer Coordinator, at 406-452-1068.

Foster Care Program

The Great Falls Animal Shelter’s Foster Care Program was developed to provide for the temporary care of animals not ready for adoption with the goal of helping reduce the City’s euthanasia rate. The program seeks to find forever homes for animals once they are ready for adoption. Foster caregivers get to participate in a rewarding experience that changes an animal’s life by providing them a second chance to find their forever home.

The staff at the GFAS takes great care to match the animal to you and your lifestyle. Some animals may need fostering for only a few days while others may need to be in your home for much longer. The longest an animal would be in your foster care is six (6) months.  At the end of the six months the animals will be returned to the Animal Shelter and will be available for adoption.

Again, the GFAS will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable with the animal, its needs and the expected timeline for fostering.

At this time, the Foster Care program is open to the GFAS volunteers and the Shelter staff.

Please view the Information Session, Volunteer Manual, and the Foster Care Program (if applicable) attached below, for a better understanding of what you can expect being a Shelter Sidekick.

If you are interested in volunteering or being a foster caregiver please complete the

Volunteer Application or call the Volunteer Coordinator at 406-452-1068.

If you are interested in being a Foscter Caregiver please complete the Foster Caregiver Application after completing your volunteer training.  (Both the Volunteer Application and the Foster Caregiver Application are required for Foster Caregiver opportunities.)

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