Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

The Pottawattamie County Shelter Volunteers coordinate the activities at the Shelter under the supervision of the Pottawattamie County Animal Control Officers. Your willingness to serve the needs of the Pottawattamie County’s citizens and the animals is greatly appreciated.

Mission Statement“To help as many animals as we can.”

Our Dream:

“We envision a world in which the Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter is no longer needed.”

Our Vision:

“To lead the way and set standards of excellence for the humane treatment of animals across a broad spectrum of human/animal interactions, thus fostering a community where all lives are respected and treated with compassion.”

Volunteer Guidelines:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, unless accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.
    • Children must be at least 12 years of age to be in the Kennel Area.
  • Volunteers will be required to attend an orientation and training program.
  • The Animal Shelter will not accept court-ordered community service volunteers.

Would you like to volunteer at the Animal Shelter? Click here to download and fill out an application.
Click Here if you would like to view or print the 2013 Volunteer Manual.

Mail, fax or bring the application and a copy of your driver’s license to:

Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter
18670 Applewood Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Ph: 712.366-0152
Fax: 712.366.0446

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

The Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors is announcing a volunteer opportunity as a team member with the Pottawattamie County Disaster Animal Response Team (PCDART).

Essential Job Duties:
To provide animal control rescue and shelter services in case of local disaster which would include, but not limited to, tornadoes, floods, toxic/chemical release, building collapses, train/truck transportation accidents, blizzards, terrorism, or any other disaster, natural or otherwise; and to provide assistance to the Animal Control Department when requested.

Minimum Qualifications:


The following minimum requirements must be met to be accepted on the Pottawattamie County Disaster Animal Response Team (PCDART).

PCDART applications must be accompanied by certificates of completion for the following Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) courses before an interview will be scheduled.

FEMA Courses: All courses are available online on the FEMA website at no cost at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp.

  1. Incident Command System (IS 100)
  2. Incident Command System for Single Resources/Initial Action Incidents (IS 200)
  3. National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction (IS 700)
  4. Animals in Disaster: Module A – Awareness and Preparedness (IS 10)
  5. Animals in Disaster: Module B – Community Planning (IS 11)
  6. Livestock in Disasters (IS 111)

Application Procedure/Deadline:
Applications may be obtained from and submitted to the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisor’s Office, 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501. Click here to download a fillable application.

Selection Process:
Applications will be reviewed for qualifications and experience. All applicants will be notified of their status in the selection process.


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Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System

The Alert Iowa system serves all residents within Pottawattamie County and it's Communities.

The Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Agency has implemented The Alert Iowa system, a high-speed notification solution and Weather Warning service. This no-charge service is available to businesses.

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