Become a Shelter Volunteer

**Please Note: We are not accepting new applicants at this time. We will be opening the application process again in spring of 2015. Until then, please contact us at if you have questions about volunteering at the shelter.** 

Are you looking for an opportunity to help homeless pets in your community?  The shelter is always looking for new volunteers to help provide love, care and socialization to the 4 – 5,000 animals that come through our doors each year. 


Volunteer positions include:

  • Cat socialization and enrichment
  • Dog enrichment, training, and exercise
  • Small animal caregiver
  • Dog playgroup assistant
  • Groomer/bather
  • Shelter greeter
  • Administrative assistant
  • Adoption/intake counselor
  • Telephone assistant
  • Humane educator - conduct tours, attend events and more! 
  • Wildlife education volunteer


What are the requirements to volunteer?

  1. Must be 18 years of age
  2. Must be able to lift 20 pounds
  3. Must commit to at least six hours per month, every month, for at least six months
  4. Must commit to treat all animals and people with respect and kindness

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