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Animal Centers, Pet Centers & Shelters

Choosing the right volunteer management and data tracking platform will help animal centers, humane societies, and shelters expand their organizational capacity. GivePulse is used by the largest No-Kill centers and shelters as a platform for scheduling volunteers (foster parents and center related volunteers), digitizing applications, and tracking organizational efficiency and activity over time.

Application & Registration Process

Membership applications and making sure the application inputs are updated through time can be managed with GivePulse. Animal Centers use GivePulse to setup a fully customizable application process so they don’t need to manage paper and pdf applications.

  • Required Custom Fields
    When users apply for membership or register to one-time events, you can specify what fields and inputs are required or optional. When customizing the application, you can choose different types of inputs, from drop-down menus to plain text inputs. You can convert your existing paper, doc or pdf formatted application into a digital application.
  • Require Membership Approval
    Organizers can choose to auto-approve any new application, or manually approve them after orientation attendance, training and interviews. With GivePulse, you will now be able to track, update, and determine the status of all of the applications.
  • Application Management
    You may customize the application and apply a different application for every subgroup or use a template for prospective volunteers to request membership.


Manage and schedule volunteers for one-time events or on an ongoing basis using our various calendar formats and messaging tools.

  • Ongoing Schedules
    Approved volunteers trained and tasked to help the center or shelter in an ongoing basis can be scheduled by the administrator using our platform. The administrator can schedule ongoing opportunities in advance or give volunteers access to what availabilities are unfilled in a daily, weekly, or monthly Calendar format. Note, before they become ongoing volunteers, you may leverage GivePulse to manage sign ups to your orientation or training schedules.
  • One Time Groups and Individual Volunteers
    Volunteers that come in for one-time corporate engagements (volunteer time off), service related groups and clubs, or individual volunteerism may access public events and opportunities that do not require training. Our platform separates these sign ups to avoid crowding the existing database and schedules with the ongoing volunteers.

Membership Organization

Centers of all sizes require a platform to help manage the scheduling, training and communication with volunteers across different memberships. It’s often useful to break down the center into specific subgroups with more targeted approaches to the specific animal initiative. Our platform does this through a couple key features.

  • Subgroups
    Organizers can easily create subgroups within their animal center, and those subgroups can be broken into further subgroups. Each subgroup can manage memberships, schedules and track the activity data, allowing you to keep track of all data within your animal network.
  • Member Communication
    Our platform offers many forms of communication within your animal center. Organizers can send out customized emails to all of their members, or engage in private conversation with individuals or a specific cohort.

Track Activity & Impacts

GivePulse offers a database where animal centers and shelters are able to keep track of volunteer activity and accomplishments.

  • Track Different Types of Data
    With GivePulse, you may track all different inputs and outputs to determine organizational efficiency and where volunteers are allocating their time. E.g., In addition to tracking volunteer hours, you may want volunteers to select from a customized list of what they are doing, are they helping with the Vet, Nebbing, Large or Small Dogs etc…
  • Clock-in and Clock-out system
    Our mobile-friendly site and downloadable iPhone App include features to Clock users in and out so you may know exactly who is physically at the center and when they arrived and left.
  • Custom fields
    When generating a survey to gather feedback from your membership, or requesting your volunteers to fill out required fields every time they leave the center, you may collect and track additional data on your volunteers with custom fields.