Dog & Cat Socializer


SCHS dogs show volunteers their appreciation with wet kisses.

Want to work directly with animals?
You’ll love being a volunteer socializer!

Animals are more adoptable if they are socialized. As a dog or cat socializer, you’ll spend time petting, playing with, grooming, and exercising our animals. You can choose to socialize dogs or cats, or both.

You can volunteer any time Monday – Saturday, 8:30am – 3:30pm. We can accommodate just about anyone’s schedule.

We suggest that socializers commit to 4 – 8 hours per month, so there is continuity with the animals. However, there is no minimum commitment requirement, and you can volunteer as many hours as you wish.

Requirements for socializers:

  • Love working with animals
  • At least 18 years old – or at least 16 years old if there is parental supervision when the minor is volunteering
  • Complete a brief training with our team
  • Review and sign a Volunteer Release Form

Family Summer Socializer Program – NEW in 2014!

If your kids are going into at least first grade, and you’d like to socialize our dogs and cats as a family, consider our Family Summer Socializer Program. You must meet certain requirements and attend a one-hour training/orientation session. You can then sign up for weekly, 90 minute family socializing slots. Interested? Contact the shelter to start volunteering today: (520) 287-5654 or

Download our Family Summer Socializer Program Guidelines.