Do you love people and pets? We need your help!

Phinney’s Friends has many options for volunteers, and we can help you find the right opportunities. You can work with people and pets, on creative projects, or perform administrative and planning work. Many volunteers choose more than one option, but there is no minimum time commitment required.

Please note that we do not have a physical office. Our animal care tasks are performed from your home, or you will visit pets at their home or another volunteer’s home.


As a Phinney’s Friends volunteer, you may choose to help a pet-loving family (or several) on a regular basis or be available for one-time tasks. In that case, we will email you with an opportunity, and you jump in only if you want to. It’s that simple.

A sample of our volunteer tasks:

Animal Care

  • Cat care – litter box cleaning, nail trimming, feeding
  • Cat fostering – we pay for needed supplies and vet care
  • Dog care – dog walking, nail trimming, medicating during home visits
  • Dog fostering – we pay for needed supplies and vet care
  • Food transporter – transport pet supplies from Lincoln to client, or deliver donations
  • Veterinarian – donate your medical services, provide advice
  • Vet Tech – help us care for sick pets, generally by fostering them


  • Supplies Manager – help us organize pet food requests, deliveries and food pantry
  • Admin Manager – update our database, make phone calls, write letters
  • Client Manager – call clients, give advice, manage cat & dog teams
  • Volunteer Manager – screen, engage and assign tasks to volunteers
  • Finance Manager – bookkeeping, tax preparation, financial advising
  • Writer – for our blog, newsletters, flyers, books and online projects
  • Designer – design logos, shirts, newsletters, flyers, stickers
  • Web designer / programmer – help maintain website
  • Photographer – take pictures of pets, events, families, products
  • Event planner – help create and organize fundraisers and other events
  • Marketing specialist – find new opportunities for us to publicize our work
  • PR specialist – build and maintain relationship with public & media online and in print
  • Legal advice – help create better contracts, waivers, insurance coverage, etc.
  • Board Member – strategic planning, decision making

Volunteers working directly with clients must be 18 years old, but administrative tasks are an option for volunteers aged 16 and up. When you apply, you will be required to read our Volunteer Manual, so you become acquainted with the organization. You will also be required to fill out a Volunteer Packet, which includes a CORI check, since we assist vulnerable populations.

Sign me up!

If you are interested in any of these tasks, fill out the form below. We will get in touch with you and give you more information.