Have you ever considered volunteering at an animal shelter? Millions of animals are in need of love and attention, and most of all, a new home! Volunteers are vitally important to shelters, many of which are overstretched and underfunded.

We here at Bored Panda compiled a list of pics taken by animal shelter volunteers, so you can see just how sweet it is to be surrounded by fluffballs while at work. After seeing these, you’ll definitely be inspired to go and help out. Don’t be fooled though, as appealing as spending time with animals may be, you will be asked to do all kinds of tasks. From admin and fundraising to cleaning the poop out of the kennels, there is much more to it than cuddling puppies!

Scroll down below to check out the pics for yourself, and for more info you can check out here and here.

#1

7 Years Ago I Was Raped & Diagnosed With PTSD. 6 Years Ago I Started Working With Wolves As A Form Of Therapy. Today I Run A Wolf Sanctuary And Have Healed More Than I Ever Imagined Possible

7 Years Ago I Was Raped & Diagnosed With PTSD. 6 Years Ago I Started Working With Wolves As A Form Of Therapy. Today I Run A Wolf Sanctuary And Have Healed More Than I Ever Imagined Possible

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Shruti Naik
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am so proud and in awe of what you have achieved and how far you have come through!

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#2

This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

This Fluffy Boy Came Into The Shelter I Work At

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varwenea
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How could this adorable fluffy boy be in a shelter?!? Someone take him/her!!!

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#3

Rescue Shelter Volunteer Caught Taking A Cat Nap

Rescue Shelter Volunteer Caught Taking A Cat Nap

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#4

Working At An Animal Sanctuary

Working At An Animal Sanctuary

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Romenriel
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love goat babies. They are even more adorable than puppies and kitties!

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#5

I Work At An Animal Shelter, Today I Turned Around And Caught These Two Staring Me Down

I Work At An Animal Shelter, Today I Turned Around And Caught These Two Staring Me Down

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#6

The Kansas City Missouri Animal Shelter Is Celebrating Empty Kennels Thanks To A Record-Setting Weekend

The Kansas City Missouri Animal Shelter Is Celebrating Empty Kennels Thanks To A Record-Setting Weekend

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#7

Busy Morning, Practising Our Nativity Play At The Shelter

Busy Morning, Practising Our Nativity Play At The Shelter

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#8

My Daughter Volunteering At Our Local Shelter, Helping Feed The Puppies. She Was Taken Down And Overpowered By Adorableness

My Daughter Volunteering At Our Local Shelter, Helping Feed The Puppies. She Was Taken Down And Overpowered By Adorableness

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who doesn't love a puppy stampede?

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#9

My Local Shelter Posted This Picture! Such A Sweetie Pie!

My Local Shelter Posted This Picture! Such A Sweetie Pie!

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#10

My Local Animal Shelter Posted This Little Purrito

My Local Animal Shelter Posted This Little Purrito

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#11

The Cat Shelter I Volunteer With Has A Program That Brings Senior Cats To Visit Seniors In Nursing Homes. This Says It All

The Cat Shelter I Volunteer With Has A Program That Brings Senior Cats To Visit Seniors In Nursing Homes. This Says It All

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#12

A Dog At The Shelter I Work At Is Teaching Me How To Smile

A Dog At The Shelter I Work At Is Teaching Me How To Smile

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#13

I Work For An Animal Shelter So Sometimes I Foster Kittens. Meet Sunflower

I Work For An Animal Shelter So Sometimes I Foster Kittens. Meet Sunflower

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#14

Fox Loves Wildlife Sanctuary Worker

Fox Loves Wildlife Sanctuary Worker

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#15

My Local Humane Society Has A Tough Time Getting Any Work Done Sometimes

My Local Humane Society Has A Tough Time Getting Any Work Done Sometimes

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#16

My Friend Who Works At A Shelter Found Them Like This

My Friend Who Works At A Shelter Found Them Like This

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#17

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

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#18

I Fulfilled One Of My Life Dreams This Summer. I Got To Volunteer With Sloths!

I Fulfilled One Of My Life Dreams This Summer. I Got To Volunteer With Sloths!

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Volunteer work definitely is not sloth!

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#19

I Was Photographing Dogs For The Humane Society And Out Of No Where, A Dog Attacked Me

I Was Photographing Dogs For The Humane Society And Out Of No Where, A Dog Attacked Me

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#20

Girlfriend Said It Was Therapeutic Working At The Humane Society

Girlfriend Said It Was Therapeutic Working At The Humane Society

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#21

I Volunteer At A Wildlife Sanctuary (England); Meet Raven, One Of Our Tame Foxes

I Volunteer At A Wildlife Sanctuary (England); Meet Raven, One Of Our Tame Foxes

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#22

Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

Volunteering At A Cat Rescue

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#23

I Volunteer At The Humane Society And This Girl Shook My Hand When I First Met Her! Dogs Are The Best

I Volunteer At The Humane Society And This Girl Shook My Hand When I First Met Her! Dogs Are The Best

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#24

This Is 'Jinkies'. She Came To Our Animal Rescue Facility With Her Brother And Sister. She Has A Genetic Eye Condition Which Makes Her Partially Blind. That Doesn't Stop Her Though

This Is 'Jinkies'. She Came To Our Animal Rescue Facility With Her Brother And Sister. She Has A Genetic Eye Condition Which Makes Her Partially Blind. That Doesn't Stop Her Though

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Wings
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I SEE YOUUUUU!!! Okay, kind of, but I know where you are and imma getcha!!!

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#25

Found This While Volunteering At An Animal Shelter

Found This While Volunteering At An Animal Shelter

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#26

One Of My Local Rescues Posted This Photo Of A Kitten After His First Solid Food Meal

One Of My Local Rescues Posted This Photo Of A Kitten After His First Solid Food Meal

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nanashi
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it be like that sometime for me too.

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#27

This Is What Life Is Like When You Volunteer At An Animal Sanctuary

This Is What Life Is Like When You Volunteer At An Animal Sanctuary

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#28

Sienna Paws At The Glass When Someone Walks By At The Shelter. She's 13

Sienna Paws At The Glass When Someone Walks By At The Shelter. She's 13

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#29

My Mom Volunteers At A Shelter, She Came In And Found One Of The Puppies Like This

My Mom Volunteers At A Shelter, She Came In And Found One Of The Puppies Like This

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#30

Just Started Volunteering At A Wildlife Center, Here Is A Young Raccoon With Two Broken Legs

Just Started Volunteering At A Wildlife Center, Here Is A Young Raccoon With Two Broken Legs

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#31

I Work At A Shelter... Met The Happiest Pup Yesterday

I Work At A Shelter... Met The Happiest Pup Yesterday

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#32

When You Don't Feel Well It Is Nice To Know There Is Someone There To Keep You Company. Thanks Echo

When You Don't Feel Well It Is Nice To Know There Is Someone There To Keep You Company. Thanks Echo

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img
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How can you possibly be sad when cheerful bright colorful lil me is cuddling you? 💓

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#33

This Shelter Takes Dogs Out For ‘Puppuccinos’ To Find Them New Homes

This Shelter Takes Dogs Out For ‘Puppuccinos’ To Find Them New Homes

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Wings
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People passing by would just scream, " RABIESSS!!!!"

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#34

I Volunteer At A Wildlife Rehab. This Is Our 1 Y/o Beaver Giving Me A Hug Because She Missed Me Over The Winter. Or Maybe She Wanted The Apple I Had

I Volunteer At A Wildlife Rehab. This Is Our 1 Y/o Beaver Giving Me A Hug Because She Missed Me Over The Winter. Or Maybe She Wanted The Apple I Had

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img
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For a second there I was like... What?? But she's cool.

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#35

Local Shelter Posted These Little Ones On FB. Titled "Golden Raindrops In April"

Local Shelter Posted These Little Ones On FB. Titled "Golden Raindrops In April"

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#36

Expert Level Chill From The Local Shelter

Expert Level Chill From The Local Shelter

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#37

I Volunteer At The Local Shelter And This Cutie Came In Today

I Volunteer At The Local Shelter And This Cutie Came In Today

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#38

I Got To Go To An Animal Rescue Today

I Got To Go To An Animal Rescue Today

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#39

First Time Volunteering At A Shelter In A Long Time... This One Fell Asleep In My Arms

First Time Volunteering At A Shelter In A Long Time... This One Fell Asleep In My Arms

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Shruti Naik
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know i'm commenting too much but you are the luckiest human in the world!

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#40

A Fellow Volunteer Caught A Picture Of Me Getting A Hug And A Kiss From One Of The Friendlier Wolves At My Local Sanctuary

A Fellow Volunteer Caught A Picture Of Me Getting A Hug And A Kiss From One Of The Friendlier Wolves At My Local Sanctuary

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#41

Volunteered At The Humane Society Yesterday To Take Pictures Of The New Arrivals. This Little Guy Was Exceptionally Happy

Volunteered At The Humane Society Yesterday To Take Pictures Of The New Arrivals. This Little Guy Was Exceptionally Happy

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Kat Hoth
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand how you could look at that face and give them up.

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#42

This Pupper Was Dropped Off At The Shelter Where I Work

This Pupper Was Dropped Off At The Shelter Where I Work

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Erin
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those are some gorgeous eyes! What a pretty puppy!

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#43

I Volunteer At A Local Shelter. They Kept Telling Me That I Shouldn't Hold Her Because She's Shy And Doesn't Like People. Then She Did This For About Ten Minutes While Refusing To Be Let Go

I Volunteer At A Local Shelter. They Kept Telling Me That I Shouldn't Hold Her Because She's Shy And Doesn't Like People. Then She Did This For About Ten Minutes While Refusing To Be Let Go

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#44

Just Look At Those Two Shelter Friends

Just Look At Those Two Shelter Friends

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#45

My Local Shelter Just Posted The Most Miserable Cat In A Costume

My Local Shelter Just Posted The Most Miserable Cat In A Costume

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#46

I Volunteer At A Local Rescue And This Happened

I Volunteer At A Local Rescue And This Happened

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#47

This Little Pupper Was Ditched At My Local Animal Shelter.. After Hours.. In The Bushes

This Little Pupper Was Ditched At My Local Animal Shelter.. After Hours.. In The Bushes

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#48

I Volunteer At Puppy Adoption Events. This Guy Was The Last In His Litter To Be Picked, So He Improvised A Cuddle Buddy

I Volunteer At Puppy Adoption Events. This Guy Was The Last In His Litter To Be Picked, So He Improvised A Cuddle Buddy

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Kristel
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww! How can you not love this one!

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#49

I Work At A Doggy Daycare. Another Pup Dump!

I Work At A Doggy Daycare. Another Pup Dump!

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#50

I Volunteer At An Animal Shelter And This Little Guy Turned Up As A Stray

I Volunteer At An Animal Shelter And This Little Guy Turned Up As A Stray

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#51

I Work At An Animal Shelter. This Good Boy Was My Office Buddy For The Day

I Work At An Animal Shelter. This Good Boy Was My Office Buddy For The Day

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Janine B.
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Come with me little fluff! <3

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#52

I Work At A Local Animal Shelter And Sometimes I'm Able To Capture Purrrfect Moments

I Work At A Local Animal Shelter And Sometimes I'm Able To Capture Purrrfect Moments

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#53

Before I Started Traveling, I Spent A Few Days A Week Volunteering With Rescue Dogs, Cats, Foxes, And "Trash Pandas"

Before I Started Traveling, I Spent A Few Days A Week Volunteering With Rescue Dogs, Cats, Foxes, And "Trash Pandas"

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#54

I Work At An Animal Shelter. We Pulled This Dog From A Local Animal Control Agency. She Was Kind Of Excited To Come With Us

I Work At An Animal Shelter. We Pulled This Dog From A Local Animal Control Agency. She Was Kind Of Excited To Come With Us

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Janine B.
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sweet girl. I hope she found a perfect forever home.

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#55

It's A Wonder How We Get Any Work Done Around Here

It's A Wonder How We Get Any Work Done Around Here

CityHumane Report

Kristel
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I guess I couldn't do it. Or well. Getting animals a wonderful home is so important. But look at this.. it is really a wonder/miracle!

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#56

This 5-Week-Old Kitten Called Sugar Just Arrived At My Shelter. I Don't Think She'll Have To Wait Very Long To Find A Home Once She's Old Enough

This 5-Week-Old Kitten Called Sugar Just Arrived At My Shelter. I Don't Think She'll Have To Wait Very Long To Find A Home Once She's Old Enough

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Bunnies4Zwin
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm dead. I am so very dead. *dies of cuteness overload*

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#57

Look At This 2 Week Old Mofo, Look At Him! I Volunteer At A Cat Shelter, Meet Zander

Look At This 2 Week Old Mofo, Look At Him! I Volunteer At A Cat Shelter, Meet Zander

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