Adoption Assistant

*Help the City of Albuquerque's Animal Welfare Department place shelter animals in caring homes.


  • Assist staff with customers who are looking to adopt a new pet and provide customers the opportunity to interact with a selected pet prior to completing the adoption process.
  • Provide information about the pet and what is required to care for the pet after adoption.


  • Must be 18 years of age (16 years of age with consent of guardian) and have no history of animal or domestic abuse.
  • Basic knowledge of breed and animal behavior.
  • Ability to maintain control of animals.
  • Volunteer must be able to communicate with the public.

Days / Hours

Shifts available Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Time Commitment

Minimum eight hours per month.

Training Provided / Required

Two-hour volunteer orientation and two-hour animal handling class.  Mentoring will be provided.


  • Eastside shelter - 8920 Lomas Blvd NE
  • Westside shelter - 11800 Sunset Gardens SW
  • Lucky Paws - Coronado Mall