Volunteer at the Animal Shelter
Volunteers help provide quality care for shelter animals and prepare them to find new homes.
To apply to volunteer with the Animal Shelter, fill out our online application and register for an orientation. If you don’t see any orientation sessions that work for your schedule, check back here later. Orientations will be posted at the bottom of this page and on our events calendar.
Volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID. You are fully vaccinated if it has been two weeks since your single-dose J&J or your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer. You will upload vaccination records to your volunteer profile after filling out the application.
You will need to attend 3-5 hours of training spread over a few weeks. You may volunteer any time when the shelter is open. There are no set schedules or shifts and you do not have to come at the same time each week.
We ask new volunteers to commit to a minimum of 1 hour per week for the first 6 months.
Students 10-14 years old are welcome to volunteer if accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Students 15-17 years old may volunteer independently with their parent’s permission.
You may choose to volunteer with dogs or cats (or both):
- Dog volunteers provide exercise, practice walking on-leash, and off-leash play-time to our available dogs and puppies. You will learn how to socialize the dogs and promote good behavior, making them more adoptable.
- Cat volunteers offer care and affection to our adoptable cats and kittens. By playing with and petting the cats, you will help relieve their stress and anxiety.