Scottsdale PetSmart Off-Site Adoptions


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


4380 N Miller RdScottsdale, AZ 85251
Here is an AHS volunteer spending some quality time with a pup in our care!


Where will I work?

Scottsdale PetSmart Off-Site Adoptions

Supervised by Adoptions Staff, Docent team leader, Volunteer Engagement

How do I become a PetSmart Cat & Dog Adoptions volunteer?

  1. Complete steps 1-4 of our online volunteer orientation by visiting
  2. Complete online canine and feline animal handling and safety modules
  3. Train with staff or volunteer trainer at PetSmart adoption location

Is this the right fit for me?

  • I love cats and dogs!
  • I am a people person and enjoy meeting new people
  • I don’t mind getting down and dirty to help provide clean kennels for adoptable pets
  • I am outgoing and love the idea of helping pets find their fur-ever home!
  • I don’t judge a book by its cover (potential adopters and pets alike)

What will I be doing?

  • Provide exceptional customer service to potential adopters and shoppers by providing an "Excellent Experience Every Time"
  • Help adopters find the right pet for their home and lifestyle, while adhering to our Open Adoptions Policy
  • Help care for our pets: clean kennels, provide fresh bedding, feed and replenish water
  • Help with dishes and laundry, kennel signage, restock supplies and toys
  • Provide socialization for adoptable pets
  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization and promote a positive image and reputation
  • Any other duties that will help AHS and our pets in this area

Sounds fun, but what about the hard stuff?

  • Physical Difficulty: may involve standing for long periods of time; bending and twisting at the waist and knees; lifting up to 50 lbs
  • Emotional Difficulty: requires the ability to perform under stress and in a fast-paced environment; as needed
  • Mental Difficulty: requires strong verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and strong listening skills. Must be able to tactfully and positively deal with challenging questions
  • Environment: This position may involve exposure to urine, feces, blood, pet hair/dander, cleaning solutions, wet floors and strong odors, high noise levels, indoor/outdoor environments (including high summer temperatures).

What Should I Wear?

Please wear your AHS Volunteer shirt or AHS Docent shirt, long pants or jeans, and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Gowns and gloves required for handling puppies and kittens under 6 months of age.


  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Multi-Tasking

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • One 4 hour shift per week for at least 6 months
  • $25.00 onboarding charge to cover: volunteer gear including t-shirt, name badge, and other materials

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