Animal Sanctuary No Kill Raccoon Valley

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    Volunteer Opportunities
    RVAS is an all volunteer based organization, with many people devoting full time and part time to saving lives. We rely heavily on reliable volunteers who love animals and want to join our organization to assist us with the many programs we have in place to make the world a better place for animals through education, awareness and of course, kindness and love.

    Before joining our team, you need to attend an orientation. Here you will learn about the many volunteer opportunities we have, a history of our organization and our plans for the future.

    To view some of the volunteer opportunities currently scheduled visit our volunteer opportunities list. Please note that our calendar is constantly being updated as opportunities come forward. Check back often to increase your partcipation level.

    If you would like to see some of the events coming up, please go to our calendar!

    We ask that every volunteer attend a volunteer orientation before officially becoming a part of our team. We hold orientations once a month, where you will learn about our organization and how we are preparing for the future.

    Because space is limited, we ask that you pre-register (it's free) via email or by calling 515.577.1745. If for any reason you are unable to attend the orientation after you register, please notify us immediately.


    Our volunteer programs are designed to include something for everyone. You can participate in as many different programs as you are interested in. Some programs require special training sessions and previous volunteer time with RVAS directly. If you have any questions regarding any of the programs listed below, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

    PAWS 4 FUN

    Direct Animal Care Programs
    If you enjoy helping animals, then this program is for you. You can join our experienced staff and work with our animals directly on Mobile Adoptions, In-Home Care assessments, Special Events and more!

    Training Session: General Orientation/On-site Training
    Minimum Time Requirements with RVAS:
    3 months of service
    Community Outreach Programs
    Reach out and make a difference in your community by assisting us with some of our many opportunities including such programs as our Senior Citizen Assistance, Pet Therapy, Education & Awareness Events, Kids Programs and more.
    Training Session: General Orientation
    Minimum Time Requirements: 0 months of service
    Pet Alert! - Lost & Found
    Our Lost Pet Alert! is taking a pro-active role in reuniting owner and companion if the unthinkable should happen...your beloved pet becomes lost. This program focuses on an aggressive search team of volunteers networking via emails, telephone and fax, to quickly bring your companion back home.
    Training Session: 1 Hour Special Session
    Minimum Time Requirements:
    3 months of service

    Rescue & Transports
    Saving a life is much more than getting the animal off of the street. It requires networking and hard work to get it the proper medical care and transport it to in-home care aide until this loving companion can be properly placed in a lifetime home. Experience the rewards of rescuing a companion and feel the love of what it is truly like to save a life!

    Training Session: 1 Hour Special Session
    Minimum Time Requirements:
    3 months of service
    Putting the "fun" in raising funds
    Our fundraising events are a great way to involve the whole family and help bring your community together for the welfare of all animals. By meeting new people and educating the public on the needs of animals in our community like "Smooches for Pooches" (benefiting chained dogs), "Make Mine Chocolate" (Promoting responsible ownership of rabbits), and "Free to be Free" (support for Ben the Black Bear), you can help raise awareness and funds for one of our many programs.
    Training Session: On Site Training
    Minimum Time Requirements:
    0 months of service
    Administrative & Special Services
    Be a copy cat by donating your time and expertise by helping RVAS with printing, distribution of flyers, graphic design, photography, pet adoption kits, volunteer coordination, telephone banks, set up/take down with events, adoption follow-ups and much, much more!
    Training Session: On-Site Training
    Minimum Requirements:
    0 months of service
    Youth Programs
    Designed for all ages, these programs will educate your child while building character and knowledge on animal treatment, behavior and care. From individual fundraisers like Birthday Parties and Can Drives, to Festivals and Event Booths, young people will learn what it is truly like to be a part of a 'team' while building their own character!
    Training Session: On-Site Training
    Minimum Requirements:
    0 months of service
    Questions? Contact our Volunteer Director!



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PO Box 312, Des Moines, Iowa 50302 • PO Box 38, Boone, Iowa 50036
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