Volunteer Opportunities

If you love animals, we have a rewarding volunteer opportunity for you. You can gain valuable animal experience by volunteering, and you'll have the satisfaction of helping homeless animals.

If you are over age 18, please fill out our online volunteer application or fill out a paper volunteer application at our AFRP Adoption Center in Pacific Grove. You can also pick up a volunteer application at any of our offsite adoption events. Our Volunteer Coordinator will then review your application and contact you to schedule an orientation and training session. 


We need your help most in the following areas:

  • Foster Care

    Provide temporary shelter, care and love for adoption animals.  Some need a few nights' stay until they get adopted, others need a home until they reach an adoptable age or recover from trauma. For more details on what fostering is all about, click here.

  • Animal Transportation

    Transport animals to veterinarian, adoption sites, grooming facilities or wherever necessary. Must be available some weekdays during business hours.

  • Adoption Counselor

    Facilitate adoptions for cats and/or dogs at AFRP’s Adoption Center in Pacific Grove, at offsite adoption events, or at AFRP’s satellite adoption location: Pet Food Express in Carmel. Must be able to commit to two weekday shifts per month (2-3 hours) or one Saturday shift per month (3-4 hours). 

  • Cat Care

    Assist in caring for kitties at our adoption center in Pacific Grove or at one of our satellite adoption sites in Carmel or Monterey. Clean kitty condos, wash dishes and litter pans, feed and water kittens, provide clean beds and toys, make sure cats are comfortable and happy. Must be able to commit to at least one shift per week (2-3 hours). 

  • Office Work

    Help AFRP staff with data entry and filing. Must be available weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM. Must be able to commit to at least  two shifts per month. (2 hours)

  • Donation Box Helper

    Help AFRP raise funds by collecting the donations from AFRP donation boxes located in businesses and dropping money off at the AFRP office.

  • Laundry

    Help keep AFRP cats and dogs happy and healthy by washing towels and bedding. Take laundry home or to a laundromat. AFRP will provide the quarters and detergent if necessary. Laundry can be done any day, any time. 

  • Veterinary Clinic

    Assist the AFRP vet clinic staff with animal care, feeding, cleaning cages, walking dogs, doing laundry and administrative tasks. Help prep surgical packs, learn vet tech skills and assist with patient care. One shift per week. 

  • Treasure Shop

    Help with sales, pricing, sorting and pick-up of donated merchandise at our benefit shop in Pacific Grove. One 3 hour shift per week suggested. 

  • Special Events

    Volunteers are needed to help with fundraisers throughout the year. Help plan events, solicit donations, check-in guests, assist with set-up/tear down, answer questions, promote public awareness. 

  • Feral/Community Cat Advocate

    Be a part of our trap-neuter-release (TNR) team. Help educate the public about the benefits of TNR and assist with TNR projects in our community. 

  • Adoption Center Helper

    Greet visitors, help organize supplies, clean crates, sort laundry, run errands, assist with repairs and maintenance. 

Don't hesitate to contact us at info@animalfriendsrescue.org if you would like to direct your talent and enthusiasm for animals in areas such as fundraising, photography, education, public relations, special events, leadership, animal socializing, dog handling, etc.