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Volunteer with the Alliance

Thank you for considering volunteering with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. Volunteers are a critical part of our success, and essential to achieving our collective goal of saving the lives of homeless animals in New York City.

Finding the Right Volunteer Match

We want to help you find a way to volunteer that offers you an experience that you can both enjoy and feel is making a difference. Opportunities include:

Hands-on Work with Animals or Fostering for a Shelter or Rescue Group

Our work benefits the homeless dogs and cats of NYC, but the Alliance is neither a shelter nor a rescue group. If you'd like to volunteer directly with animals at a shelter or rescue group, or foster an animal in their care, we encourage you to contact one of the 150+ rescue groups and shelters that participate in the Alliance. Learn more about fostering an animal.

Note: When you volunteer in this capacity, you will work directly with the shelter or rescue group and not with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, so it is not necessary to submit an Alliance Volunteer Application in this case.

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Work with Feral and Stray Community Cats

If you want to help the community cats in your neighborhood, become a Certified TNR Caretaker. Visit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals website to read about how Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) humanely reduces the number of community cats living outdoors, and how you can help by attending one of our free TNR certification workshops.

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Volunteer at Mayor's Alliance Events

If you would like to volunteer at Alliance events, please submit a Volunteer Application. Once you have submitted an application, your name will be added to our Volunteers mailing list, and you will be notified by e-mail when volunteer opportunities at our events arise. These include adoption and fundraising events, and tabling at our own events and also those hosted by other organizations, such as street fairs and community events. Most of these events take place when the weather is most cooperative — between April and November.

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Other Ways You Can Help

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Your efforts are critical to our success — and to the lives of NYC's homeless animals. Thank you for offering your time, energy, and skills to help. We thank you — and so do they!