ABQ: Whole Dog Care Team Volunteer (Medical & Behavioral)

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Canine Cafe/New Mexico Pets Alive/Innova21 Foundation

Volunteer with New Mexico Pets Alive!

The Whole Dog Care Team is one of the most demanding and rewarding volunteer teams. Volunteers on the Whole Dog Care Team have a strong commitment to comprehensive adoption prep care that meets the physical, emotional and behavioral needs of homeless dogs in the New Mexico Pets Alive rescue program. Must be trustworthy, dependable and reliable and have a willingness to be part of a growing committed team of change makers in New Mexico. Volunteers learn about the organization's effort to pursue animal care innovation while maintaining our firm commitment to community safety. This volunteer oppty requires a willingness to learn and successfully deliver specific NMPA animal care programming regardless of prior training and experience.

Team volunteers must be in good physical, mental and emotional condition. Volunteers must be able to walk, run, lift up to 50 lbs and handle strong dogs on occasion. They also should have the ability to stand for long time periods, move quickly, work with and around animals - including potentially diseased, injured and/or potentially aggressive animals. Volunteers may be exposed to loud noises, chlorine or other chemicals and inclement weather. Allergic conditions which may be aggravated when handling animals or in the course of the operations of NMPA programs may be a disqualification.

Volunteers must also be free of anything that would hinder applicant's ability to follow directions and guidelines from management and also must be free of anything that would hinder optimum and professional delivery of NMPA programs and services. Team volunteers should also be passionate about NMPA No Kill companion animal programs and philosophy and must also be dependable, loyal and reliable. Volunteers should also be comfortable and naturally good with dogs of all breed mixes, ages and sizes. The volunteers on this team are well organized, resourceful and professionally motivated to develop and implement NMPA goals, objectives and policies.

Volunteers should have no violent criminal history and shoud be able to pass a criminal background check and drug test successfully if conducted.

Volunteers help with one or more related tasks:

  • Basic medical, including scheduling and completing vet visits as needed
  • Pre-adoption and foster home visits for NMPA adoptable puppies and dogs
  • Adoption counseling/adoption matching and adoption follow up for NMPA puppies and dogs
  • Foster and volunteer recruitment/coordination/training for dog programs
  • Facility cleaning, maintenance and disease prevention
  • Feeding, enrichment, walking, playgroups, training, rehab work and canine good citizen test prep
  • Applicable record-keeping
To begin volunteering, please complete our online volunteer form found at https://tinyurl.com/NMPAvolunteer You will receive a follow-up email thereafter with further information. THANK YOU!

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Whole Dog Care VolunteersAlbuquerque, NM 87108


  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Community Outreach




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours/week minimum

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