Foster Volunteer

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Bernalillo County Animal Services

Objective: Our Foster Program is to enable us to save more lives by opening space in the shelter for additional animals. Most often it is used for animals that are too young or not fully vaccinated, in need of socialization, need time to recover and heal or even just a short break from being in the shelter.


  • Duties for Foster Volunteers will vary based off the type and reason for the foster.
  • Foster Volunteers do require separate training from other Volunteers.
  • Foster Volunteers specializing in Neonatal (Bottle Baby) Fosters have additional training.

Volunteer Profile: Engaging, outgoing self-starter. Individual must be willing to learn about animal behavior and observant to said behaviors. Will be exposed to loud noises and smells.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Chance to learn more about animal behavior.
  • Rewarding experience of assisting Staff with daily care for animals.
  • Direct contribution to welfare of animals in care.

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We'll work with your schedule.


3001 2nd St SWAlbuquerque, NM 87105



  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Time commitment varies on the type of foster that the volunteer takes on.
  • Taking on neonatal (bottle babies) requires additional training and orientation.

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