Animal Services

Volunteer at Independence Animal Services

Independence Animal Services welcomes volunteers who share our vision of healthy animals and humane communities.  We provide many opportunities for you to get involved! We are looking for volunteers who meet the following qualifications:

  • Ability to provide 4 volunteer hours each month.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Be able to fully support Independence Animal Service’s vision, mission, and policies, and be able to communicate those to the public.
  • Demonstrate good customer service skills and work well in a team environment.
  • Complete our volunteer agreement and orientation.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be able to perform all role requirements safely and independently.
  • Have an active email address.


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Volunteer Opportunities

  • Feline Care – cleaning, feeding, socializing, grooming, prepare/distribute enrichment, working with ringworm cats, adoption matchmaking.
  • Canine Care – walking, socializing, prepare/distribute enrichment, training, rotations, playgroups, adoption matchmaking.
  • Housekeeping – laundry, dishes, windows, stocking, distribute donations
  • Clinic – TNR clinic assistants (recovery assistant/runners), laundry, cleaning, general clinic assistance
  • Specialty skill opportunities – photography, marketing, veterinary/medical assistant, grooming.
  • Off Site Events – adoptions, vaccine clinics, events
  • Foster


Youth Program

While we do not allow volunteers at the shelter under the age of 18, we do encourage young people interested in helping the shelter animals to consider organizing a fundraiser.  You can check out our Amazon Wishlist or the Student Program below for the details.


Student Program

Students needing to complete community service hours as a school project may be able to participate in our student donation drive program.  Students will be able to complete their community service project while helping the shelter animals.   

Donation Drive Requirements:

  • 13–18 years old (must be in middle or high school)
  • Download and print the Donation Drive Information. Follow the instructions on the form and contact the Volunteer Manager to schedule an appointment to deliver your donations in when you are ready.


Group Volunteering

Does your team, group, or organization want to volunteer at the shelter?  Independence Animal Services welcomes groups of as little as 5 to as many as 30 who are looking to complete a service project together. As part of your project, you will experience a tour of the facility.  All members of the group must be at least 18 years of age.

 Possible group projects may include:

  • Maintaining walking trails; trimming low hanging limbs and laying mulch when available.
  • Weeding/mulching gardens.
  • Maintaining grounds.
  • Potting plants and flowers that you have chosen to bring.
  • Large project for the shelter.
  • Cleaning the shelter, doing laundry, dishes, and windows.


(Tools for outdoor projects (week eaters, gloves, digging tools, etc.) would have to be provided by your group/organization.)

 To schedule a group project and tour, contact the volunteer coordinator at


Community Service

Court-ordered community service hours are handled on an individual basis and are NOT part of the volunteer program. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at for more information. 


Thank you again for your interest in volunteering with Independence Animal Services. We truly appreciate your desire to impact the lives of animals in Jackson County. Together, we will make strides in saving homeless and neglected companion animals in our community.




Independence Animal Services

21001 E 78 Highway, Independence, MO 64057
Phone(816) 325-7207


Tuesday - Saturday  By Appointment, Walk-Ins Welcome if Time Permits, 10 am - 6 pm 

Sunday - Monday By Appointment Only 


(for stray animal drop-off) 

By Appointment Only


(to reclaim your lost pet)

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm By Appointment Only

Sunday - Monday By Appointment Only



Call (816) 325-7205