MaxFund relies on volunteers to fill many of the needs at the shelter, and the volunteer program is extremely flexible and rewarding! No matter what your interest in helping MaxFund, there are likely many things you can find to do!

In order to volunteer at the shelter for ANY of the volunteer positions listed below, you must first be accepted as a volunteer and go through a volunteer orientation. For more information on getting started as a volunteer, and to download a volunteer application, please visit the Potential Volunteer Information Page

Once you have gone through a volunteer orientation, a variety of activities will be open to you. The list below will give you an idea of some of those activities. If you have any questions that aren't answered on these pages, please contact jasonatmaxfunddotorg.


Animal Care

  • Walking Dogs
  • Socializing/Petting Cats
  • Bathing/Grooming animals
  • Dog Training with our CHAMPS Program
  • Providing Foster Homes for Animals with special needs
  • Providing love and encouragement for all the animals at the shelter


New! CHAMPS is Back!

We are excited to announce that CHAMPS (Creating Homes for Agreeably Mannered Pups) is back!  We will be launching the 2015 season with a two-hour orientation on May 14, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. 

Laura McGaughey of Delightful Doggies will be leading the CHAMPS team of trainers, helping us all learn a little more about ourselves and how we can help the MaxFund dogs with basic good behavior and social skills.  CHAMPS trainers will use positive reinforcement-based techniques to give shelter staff, volunteers and fosters insights on how to better understand and work with MaxFund dogs. At the orientation Laura will also provide insights into what you can expect from each weekly hands on sessions, what supplies to bring and what to expect in all the different CHAMPS classes we'll be offering this year. Check out the CHAMPS training page for more information, including how to register, as registration is required for all classes. The training schedule and syllabi are also posted there
If you have any questions before the orientation, please feel free to contact head trainer Laura McGaughey (lauraatdelightfuldoggiesdotcom). or CHAMPS Coordinator Diane Kirkpatrick (dianemkirkpatrickatgmaildotcom  (dianemkirkpatrickatgmaildotcom)  ).

For more information about the CHAMPS curriculum, please click here.



  • Cleaning cages, litter boxes and kennels
  • Washing, drying and folding laundry
  • Cleaning food and water bowls
  • Organizing shelves, storage bins and cabinets
  • Sweeping, mopping floors


Special Events, Mobile Adoptions & Fundraising

  • MaxFund events such as Puttin on the Max, Lucky Mutt Strut, etc.
  • Community Events, fairs and festivals
  • Accompanying pets to Mobile Adoptions and Mobile Events
  • Helping organize and communicate fundraising activities


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