Volunteer Opportunities

So you want to be a Shamrock volunteer? Please read on!

Shamrock is Not Your Standard Rescue Organization

Shamrock’s main mission is to help alleviate pet overpopulation by offering assistance for pet owners to get their animals spayed or neutered. We also work with groups who are trying to reduce the feral cat population by offering assistance for TNR (trap, neuter, release). We are able to continue with our mission due to the kindness of the local community who give donations and volunteer their time and effort for Shamrock. We serve the area in and around Louisville, Kentucky.

We do not have a kennel or shelter, no brick-and-mortar building, and no office to speak of. All of our adoptable animals are being fostered in homes like yours with individuals who graciously volunteer to give them food and love until a forever home can be found for them. They can tell you each animal’s background, how they came to be with Shamrock, and how they have progressed in the household. Once deemed adoptable, these pets are listed under ADOPTIONS.

But we do have some very specific areas where both children and adults can volunteer their time and energy.

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults


If you are an adult and want to volunteer, please contact us at volunteer@shamrockpets.com and someone from our Volunteer Committee will be in touch with you. The following volunteer opportunities are available to adults (age 18 and over):

  • Fundraising, Grant Writing
  • Event Planning, set-up, etc.
  • Networking
  • Educational (Information & Adoption Booths)
  • Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, website, writing articles/alerts, TV/radio interviews, etc.)
  • Advertising (graphic design, printing, etc.)
  • Donating my professional services (grooming, animal trainer, veterinarian, photography, etc.)
  • Fostering (see drop-down tab for more information; separate application required)
  • Cat or Dog Committee
  • Transportation (to vet, to adoption event, etc.)
  • Secretarial (bulk mailings, checking voice mail, data entry, etc.)
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Yard Sales

Volunteer Opportunities for Children 18 and Under

We have received many requests from young people who want to volunteer their services to help Shamrock. Some of the ways children have helped in the past are:

  • Food Drive
  • Yard Sale
  • Birthdays

Food Drive
One of the areas help is most needed is in the collection of dog food and cat food. So the best way for your child to help us would be to have a food drive. Listed below are some of the items our foster families could really use.

Kitten Season
We can always use donations of food items, but especially during kitten season the following are most needed:

  • KMR Kitten Milk (liquid and powder)
  • Kitten Food (dry and canned)
  • Heating Pads
  • Benebac Probiotics
  • Bottles and Nipples for Kittens
  • Gift Cards from Feeders Supply

Needed All Year

  • Canned Cat Food
  • Dry Cat Food (kibble)
  • Canned Dog Food
  • Dry Dog Food (kibble)
  • Flea and Tick Medicine
  • Gift Cards from Feeders Supply
  • Monetary Donations

Yard Sale
Children can work with their families or neighborhoods to have a yard sale with the proceeds or a portion of the proceeds collected going to Shamrock Pet Foundation.

We have had several young people make a request that children coming to their parties bring donations for Shamrock in lieu of a gift for the birthday girl or boy. Some have also requested that their parents send money to Shamrock instead of spending it on a party or a gift for them.

Children who participate in independent food drives, yard sales, or birthday donations do not need to have an application on file with us. We appreciate their interest in helping deserving animals and all the hard work that they do by collecting food items and selling yard sale items, as well as the sacrifices they make for their birthday celebrations.

Other Opportunities Available

If your interest lies in assisting with walking dogs, cleaning kennel areas, then we would suggest you contact your local animal shelters, who could really use that type of help. Some of our local shelters who we work with and who could use the extra help are:

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS)
3528 Newburg Rd.
Louisville, KY 40218
502-574-5669 (Leave a Message)

Ky. Humane Society
Several Locations
Louisville, KY
(502) 366-3355

Bullitt County Animal Shelter
545 Clermont Rd.
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
(502) 543-8686

Animal Care Society (no-kill shelter)
12207 Westport Rd.
Louisville, KY  40245
(502) 426-6303

Lucky Cat Café & Lounge
2230 Dundee Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Email: luckycatcafe502@gmail.com
Website: http://www.luckycatcafe.org

There may also be an animal shelter located near where you live. Check for a listing near you on the Internet or in your local phone book.