Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc.


Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: Noon - 6:00 PM
Sunday: Noon – 4:00 PM

Volunteering at RBARI

Our shelter was founded by dedicated volunteers and much of what we do to save more lives depends on the help of volunteers.

Volunteering is fun and rewarding and it’s also a great way to help homeless animals. Just a few hours every week can make a big difference.


We are in the process of updating our volunteer orientations and will post about new orientation dates shortly!

Volunteer Opportunities (All volunteers working with our animals must be 18 years of age or older)

There are also many other ways you and your family members can help support our shelter beyond hands-on work with our animals.  

  • Fundraising (donating proceeds from a bake sale, car wash, garage sale, etc.)
  • Helping organize events by joining event committees such as our yearly Tricky Tray, Whiskers & Tails Charity Ball, Pitbulls & Pumpkins, and more!
  • Holding a wish list drive to help collect needed items for the shelter (click to check out our wish list!)
  • Posting flyers for upcoming events (in your town, work, etc.)
  • Sponsoring a RBARI animal through our Fund-A-Friend program
  • Educating family/friends about spaying/neutering and responsible pet ownership
  • Sponsoring an outdoor cat for spay/neuter
  • Distributing information about RBARI at a local pet store/supermarket
  • Selling tickets for events (through friends, at work or via local retailers)
  • Transporting (occasionally drivers are needed to transport cats/dogs within the Tri-state area to bring to the shelter or pick up donated items)
  • Helping with shelter communication (mailings, invitations, etc.)
  • Donating photocopies of needed shelter forms
  • Maintenance (painting, landscaping, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, help with small jobs at the shelter) 

Before you start, we’ll need you to fill out an application form and attend volunteer orientation.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 201-337-5180 or e-mail volunteeradmin@rbari.org !

Thank you for thinking of us and know how much we endlessly appreciate any and all help!