Volunteering with MaxFund

Contact Information

Volunteer Coordinator/Inquiries

Chelsea Barker


Volunteers are critical to MaxFund’s success! Our volunteer program brings together hundreds of people each month to care for our animals and support the mission of MaxFund. Volunteering is flexible, fun, and rewarding! No matter what your background or interests, there’s a place for you in the MaxFund family. 

MaxFund, Denver’s only true No Kill shelter, believes all healthy and treatable pets deserve the right to live. As representatives of MaxFund in the community, we expect our volunteers to be committed to our mission of taking in sick and injured animals, making them better, and helping to find them their forever homes within our adoption guidelines. All of our volunteers must be fully devoted to this mission and represent MaxFund in a professional and positive manner.  


General Volunteering

Join us in person seven days a week to help care for our creatures and contribute to the overall mission of MaxFund! Volunteers help with everything from walking dogs to socializing cats, and more.


General volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of 4 hours per month for a minimum of 6 consecutive months. Volunteers must be 14 or older to volunteer. Volunteers aged 14-15 must be always accompanied by a parent or guardian, who must also go through the full orientation process. There is a $25 fee to cover administrative costs, background check, and badges. We do not accept volunteers who have animal cruelty or abuse charges in their histories.


Orientation includes four mandatory sessions: one over Zoom (held on a Tuesday, 6-7pm), and three in-person training sessions (the first is a Thursday from 6-7:30pm, the other two are Saturdays from 9am-11am). You must attend all four dates of your orientation.

Volunteers will be trained on either the cat or dog shelter to begin. Volunteers who wish to volunteer at both shelters will be oriented at dogs first and will have the option to join future cat shelter orientations. Volunteers will not be asked to re-apply or pay the administrative fee a second time.

To apply:

First, fill out the General Volunteer Application. You will be instructed how to select your preferred dates and pay your fee upon completion of the application. Once your application and fee are received, we will process your reference checks and background checks. If you're accepted, we will confirm via email your place in your selected class and follow up with details. Please allow 1-2 weeks for this process. Our upcoming orientations will be held:

  • May 10: (Tuesday, Zoom, 6-7pm), May 12: (Thursday, Facilities, 6-7:30pm), May 14: (Saturday, 1st Animal Handling, 9am-11am), May 21: (Saturday, 2nd Animal Handling/Graduation, 9am-11am) This class is at capacity, we are no longer accepting sign ups.
  • May 24: (Tuesday, Zoom, 6-7pm), May 26: (Thursday, Facilities, 6-7:30pm), May 28: (Saturday, 1st Animal Handling, 9am-11am), June 4: (Saturday, 2nd Animal Handling/Graduation, 9am-11am) This class is at capacity, we are no longer accepting sign ups.
  • June 7: (Tuesday, Zoom, 6-7pm), June 9: (Thursday, Facilities, 6-7:30pm), June 11: (Saturday, 1st Animal Handling, 9am-11am), June 18: (Saturday, 2nd Animal Handling/Graduation, 9am-11am)
  • June 21: (Tuesday Zoom, 6-7pm), June 23: (Thursday, Facilities, 6-7:30pm), June 25: (Saturday, 1st Animal Handling, 9am-11am), July 2: (Saturday, 2nd Animal Handling/Graduation, 9am-11am)



Community Service

Community Service Volunteers assist with the smooth running of our shelters and help with everything from shoveling snow to laundry and dishes. This is the best option for anyone who cannot make the 4 month commitment, such as school volunteers, court-ordered community service, and other short-term placements.

Because community service volunteers receive an abbreviated orientation, Community Service Volunteers do not directly handle our animals. Community Service shifts must be signed up for in advance and are available Wednesday-Saturday, 9-5 at both the cat and dog shelters.

Community Service Orientations are held in person at the dog shelter on Third Saturdays at 9:30am and Fourth Thursdays at 6pm. To submit a Community Service Volunteer Application, please click here. Applications cost $5 to cover the cost of a background check. To submit payment, please follow this link



Group Volunteering

Make MaxFund the site of your next group volunteer session! Advance notice is required. In order to cover administrative costs and staff time, MaxFund asks for a suggested donation or in-kind donations from our Amazon Wishlist. To apply please click here.