Thank you for considering volunteering for Friends of Puerto Vallarta Animals . We value your interest and appreciate that you want to make a difference for animals in your community. By volunteering with us at the Acopio shelter you can add to the quality of animals’ lives and enhance the quality of your life too!

(If you live in Alberta or Vancouver area, please click here for information on how you can help)

There are many ways to help…

The gift of your time and friendship means so much to the animals while they wait patiently for their forever homes. We need volunteers to:

  • Walk and socialize the dogs or cuddle and play with the cats
  • Assist with adoption events by transporting animals to the venue
  • Take photographs of the shelter animals for this website. Showing an animal in her best light can make a big difference in becoming adopted.
  • Groom or bathe a pet before an adoption event

Click here to read a short testament from one of our awesome volunteers.

Watch this short video of what to expect when you join us at the Acopio:




The shelter relies entirely on donations to feed and care for its resident animals. Please visit our Amazon Wish List here:

Urgent Need:

Adult Dog food
Puppy food
Adult Cat food
Cat litter
Vaccines (rabies and combinations)
Basic veterinary equipment (sutures, syringes, scissors, tweezers, surgical gloves)


Kennels/Crates (all sizes)

Dog Beds


Puppy Pens
Flea Shampoo
Grooming Supplies
Cat toys
Cat beds


Sometimes a shelter environment is not the best place for very young or sick and injured animals. Consider helping a vulnerable or special needs pet get the special attention and care she deserves. Foster homes are needed in the Puerto Vallarta area as well as in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary areas. Please submit a Foster Application Form.



Please contact us using the form below and tell us how you would like to help.

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