Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit! Our volunteers perform a variety of duties, including: animal care, administrative work, fundraising, shelter beautification and more! We are looking for team members with a passion for animals and customer service who can commit to a minimum of six months of service.

View the available opportunities below and complete the online volunteer application to get started. Due to limited resources, we are only able to bring in new volunteers who meet the requirements to fulfill the responsibilities below. If you’re interested in supporting the shelter in other ways, suggestions and more information can be found here.

Available Opportunities:

The opportunities listed below are for adult volunteers (ages 16 and above). Our popular youth program for ages 12-15 is at capacity and is currently not accepting applications. Find out other ways to support the animals from home or gain service hours for school here.

Adoption Advocate (Showcasing Animals):

Help potential adopters meet their new friend! Interacting with animals at the shelter is a crucial first step in the adoption process. Adoption Advocates will spend time with animals and potential adopters, assisting with customer interactions, answering basic questions about the adoption process and helping animals find their new homes! Volunteers may be trained to work with dogs, cats or (eventually) both. Priority times are Tuesday/Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m., Friday from noon – 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. Volunteers must commit to a regular, ongoing schedule of (at least) four hours a month.

  • Comfortable working with dogs (of all breeds/sizes) or cats AND people
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures and explain to customers
  • Friendly and welcoming

Playgroup Walker:

Let dogs be dogs! Playgroups help dogs relieve stress, get exercise, and spend time with other dogs. We’re looking for volunteers to help walk dogs from the kennels to the play yard, and back to the kennel. Additional training may be taken to assist playgroups inside the play yard. Playgroups typically occur Mon/Wed/Fri from 3 – 5 p.m. and Tuesday – Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. Volunteers must commit to a regular, ongoing schedule of (at least) two shifts per month.

  • Comfortable working with dogs of all breeds and sizes
  • Physical strength/ability to hold dogs that pull (training techniques provided)
  • Follow all policies and procedures
  • Able to take direction from leaders
  • Able to work in a team

Fundraising/Support Volunteer:

More than 75% of FAMD’s funding comes from donations and fundraising events. Volunteers are needed to assist event participants, collect donations from local businesses, and other tasks to support the Development/Fundraising or Administrative staff. Fundraising/Support volunteers do not interact with animals in the shelter and are asked to commit to a minimum of 15 hours each year (but are welcomed and encouraged to complete more hours)!

Possible tasks include:
  • Maintaining relationships with local businesses and collecting donations
  • Assisting with fundraising events throughout the year
  • “Thank you” calls and mailings
  • Flyer distribution
  • Data Entry

Shelter Cleaning & Beautification:

Last year 2,588 cats and dogs were brought into the shelter. Lots of cleaning is needed to keep these animals happy and healthy. Shelter Beautification volunteers assist with daily cleaning tasks such as washing dishes and laundry, sweeping, mopping and disinfecting surfaces and countertops. Volunteers also assist with occasional/seasonal projects such as gardening, landscaping and shoveling snow. Shelter Beautification volunteers do not interact with animals in the shelter, but should be comfortable working in close proximity to animals. Priority shift times include weekday afternoons. Volunteers must commit to a regular, ongoing schedule of (at least) four hours per month.

  • Able to stand/be on feet for an hour or more
  • Comfortable working near animals and with people
  • Friendly, able to work alongside other volunteers and staff members
  • Able to take direction and carefully follow policies/procedures

Adult Volunteer Application


After we’ve reviewed your volunteer application, we’ll contact you to set up an interview to make sure we’re a good fit!

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Department at 313-943-2697 ext. 1016 or [email protected].

Note: Court-ordered community service hours are available through a separate program. Call the shelter office during normal business hours for more information.

If you do not meet the requirements to fulfill our current needs, you may consider other animal related opportunities in our area. We suggest contacting your local shelter, rescue, veterinarian or other animal organization for opportunities.

Current Volunteers

Enter the Volunteer Information Center (VicNet) to sign up for shifts, log your hours, check your schedule or change your contact information.

Please Note: Your Login Name is the email address which we have on file.

If you are new to using VicNet you may want to view a short video that provides an overview of the system.