Volunteers are the life blood of HARTT – there are so many ways to get involved! HARTT volunteers must be at least 18 years of age (a limited number of volunteer opportunities may be available to 16 and 17 year-old youth, in areas typically not involving direct animal handling) and commit to volunteering at least 12 hours per month.
Please find on this page a detailed list of volunteer opportunities that may interest you (you can choose more than one!) and then fill out our Volunteer Application by clicking the button below.
Foster Care for an Animal in your Home
Do you have a welcoming, animal loving, relatively quiet and secure home? HARTT often needs foster families to look after dogs who are in need of a little extra TLC in order to be ready for adoption! The most common needs we have are for senior dogs who need a home environment that is quieter than a shelter, for dogs with medical issues that require more close observation or medication administration, and dogs who are VERY shy and skittish where they can slowly come out of their “shy kid” shell. Please fill out the form below if you would like to consider fostering for us!
HARTT operates a small shelter for recently-rescued dogs in the Sunnyslope area of north Phoenix. Shelter volunteers will perform a variety of duties including taking animals out in yards; socializing, playing and interacting with them; cleaning runs and other shelter areas; preparing meals and feeding; doing laundry; and performing other similar duties. Shelter volunteers provide a comfortable, safe and loving environment for our shelter animals. Shifts are scheduled ahead of time and are fairly predictable.
Lost Pet Search Volunteer
When a family loses a pet, they are devastated and overwhelmed. Search volunteers will assist with making and hanging flyers near the area where the pet was lost; tracking sightings; conducting foot searches; manning food and water stations; and removing flyers once the search is complete. These assignments typically arise on short notice once a pet goes missing, however ongoing search support can last for days or even weeks.
Participate in actual field rescues of at-large dogs by working alongside an experienced HARTT trapper. Learn how to assess a case; analyze a scene; identify travel patterns; create a trapping strategy; place and set traps (both traditional and complex/specialty); set up and maintain feeding stations; communicate with concerned members of the community; and bring animals to safety. Volunteers are needed at all times, but most trapping is done at night. Must be able to assist in carrying trapping equipment and hands-on outdoor work.
The majority of dogs rescued by HARTT are undersocialized and shy. We are always looking for volunteers with quiet households and other friendly dogs to foster our HARTT dogs in their home. Our rescues benefit greatly from a “mentor dog” and a home environment where they can build self-confidence in preparation for ultimate adoption.
We are always moving animals AND trapping equipment around the Valley! If you have an SUV, crossover, truck or van (that can accommodate a large airline crate or trap), you can assist us in transporting animals for vet appointments, or transporting trapping equipment to and from trap sites. Schedules can be both last-minute (equipment transport) and planned (vet visits). Must be able to help with lifting and carrying equipment with the assistance of others.
Help us to keep our equipment clean, functional, and accounted for. We have traps; crates; cameras; nets; bowls; and more. Preparing our equipment for storage and easy retrieval by trappers will keep us operating efficiently and effectively.