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

Requirements 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. Process Dog shelter orientation includes one Zoom training and 2-3 in-person training sessions. Cat shelter orientation includes one Zoom training and one in-person orientation. To Apply
We are not currently accepting General Volunteers. Please check back for updates later this winter. We are still accepting applications for School or Court-Ordered Community Service volunteers. Please see below.


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. Requirements Community Service shifts must be signed up for in advance and are available Wednesday-Saturday, 9-5 at both the cat and dog shelters. There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of a background check. We do not accept volunteers who have animal cruelty or abuse charges in their histories. Process A short, 30-minute orientation is required before volunteers may sign up for shifts. Orientations are held in person at the dog shelter and count toward your total number of hours. To Apply Please fill out the Community Service Volunteer Application here and pay the $5 application fee. Once your application and fee are received, we will process your background check. If you're accepted, we will confirm via email and follow up with scheduling details. Please allow about 1 week for this process.


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 Wishlist. To apply please click here.