35 Wabash St. PO Box 8480, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Volunteer Opportunities

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At the heart of Animal Advocates is our dedicated team of volunteers. With no compensated staff, the collective efforts of Animal Advocates volunteers is invaluable to the mission of the organization and saving the lives of animals in need.

We welcome animal-loving individuals who want to share their time and talents with us! Please review the requirements and complete an online application.


To become a volunteer with Animal Advocates, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older. Volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Complete an online application and interview with a team member.
  • Sign a volunteer agreement and liability waiver.
  • Attend orientation training at Animal Advocates prior to starting volunteer work.

Join the Animal Advocates Volunteer Team

Volunteer Application


If you can temporarily foster a cat or dog until a permanent home is found, you not only save a life, but increase the probability for a successful adoption. Fostering is especially suitable for families and students who are not sure if the can commit to the long term responsibility of owning a pet.

Cat Caretaker and Animal Transportation

For cats fostered at our headquarters, volunteers provide basic care and socialization as they await adoption. Volunteers are needed to provide a loving and clean environment for the cats. Hours are very flexible.

Volunteers are needed to transport animals to veterinarian appointments as well as transfer from other shelters, foster and/or adoptive homes.

Thrift Shop Sales

Animal Advocates resale boutique in the West End neighborhood of Pittsburgh provides the largest single source of revenue for the organization. Volunteers are needed to staff the shop, price merchandise and to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for our customers.

Fundraising and Outreach

We need “can do” volunteers who can plan, publicize and staff fundraisers, community outreach and advocacy programs.

We are open to support from individuals who want to help but are unable to commit to a scheduled volunteer position. We encourage individuals to hold supply and donation drives in honor of special occasions, with other community organizations or just because they love animals! Please email us at animaladvocatespgh294@gmail.com if interested in supporting Animal Advocates.