Volunteer opportunities

Sometimes, the best gift you can give to pets in need is your time. So we’re thrilled that you’re interested in volunteering with Best Friends–Utah. We rely on hundreds of dedicated volunteers to help Save Them All. Below are some of the many ways you can volunteer. All of these opportunities are available through our volunteer site. Simply register at volunteers.bestfriends.org, watch the short introduction video, then explore the available options in the Opportunities menu. You can sign up for orientation and training sessions (if necessary) and sign up for shifts and specific jobs right there on the site. If you have questions or need assistance, email utahvolunteers@bestfriends.org.

Please note: Best Friends requires that all new volunteers complete a volunteer orientation before becoming an active volunteer. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Kitten Nursery
The kittens at the Best Friends Kitten Nursery need around-the-clock care, and much of that TLC is provided by volunteers. You can help with bottle-feeding, food preparation, socialization and more. 

Pet Adoption Center
The Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Sugar House features cats and dogs available for adoption from two of our shelter partners, Salt Lake County Animal Services and West Valley City Animal Services, as well as Best Friends Animal Society. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks, from animal care to cleaning. 

Foster
If you love animals but can’t adopt, you can help by fostering a pet. For more information and to apply, click here.

Community cat programs
Community (aka stray, feral or free-roaming) cats are among the most at-risk pets in shelters around the country. Best Friends–Utah provides trap/neuter/return (TNR) assistance throughout the state so that community cats can live safely in their neighborhoods and stay out of shelters. TNR is a humane and effective way to gradually decrease the number of these cats in our communities. Volunteers are needed to help with everything from education and outreach to trapping and caring for cats. Click here to learn more about our community cat programs.

Spay/neuter outreach
Best Friends–Utah wants to ensure that everyone has access to spay/neuter services for their pets. We need volunteers to help educate the public about the benefits of spay/neuter and about how our programs can be of assistance. 

Strut Your Mutt
This annual dog walk and fundraiser benefits not only Best Friends, but also local rescue groups, shelters and other organizations that are part of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network and our NKUT Coalition. It’s a big and fun event, so lots of volunteers are needed to pull it off successfully. Click here for more information about Strut Your Mutt.

NKUT Adoption Weekends
Best Friends–Utah holds two super adoption events each year in Salt Lake City. These popular events feature 800 or more adoptable pets, who come from dozens of Utah rescue groups and shelters. Hundreds of volunteers help hundreds of animals go home in a single weekend. Click here to learn more about NKUT Adoption Weekends.

Thank you again for caring and for giving your time to help homeless pets. Together, we can Save Them All.