Volunteering at the Shelter

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Beginning March 1, 2018, the shelter will require that all first time volunteers AND volunteers who have not been into the shelter in 2018 to attend a short orientation. Please visit the Volunteer Orientation page for more information.

Animal Services welcomes all individuals and groups interested in volunteering at the shelter!

Experience is not required, and we have volunteer opportunities for people of all skill levels and interests. Please visit our Current Volunteer Positions page for descriptions of current volunteer positions. Training and instructing on safety protocols will be provided at the orientation, and throughout volunteer service, depending on the volunteer opportunity.

You must be 18 years old to volunteer at the shelter. If you are under 18, you are welcome to volunteer at the shelter accompanied by a supervising adult.

If you are interested in earning volunteer hours as a Court-Appointed Community Service Worker, please visit this page.

How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are integral to the operations at the Animal Services Shelter! Becoming a volunteer requires a willingness to become involved, availability, and commitment.

Willingness to Become Involved

Volunteers make a huge difference in the quality of life of our shelter animals. To become involved, no experience is necessary – just a willingness to become involved!

Attend an Orientation Session

We offer Volunteer Orientation sessions on an alternating schedule, always with one weekday and one weekend option. Please view dates and register on the Volunteer Orientation page.


The Animal Services Shelter is open to the public from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day except Wednesday, and Government Holidays. Typically, volunteer hours are every day between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM with the most help needed on weekdays. Availability varies slightly depending on the volunteer position, and we are able to accommodate most schedules


Animals live in the moment, and each visit from a volunteer is meaningful! Any level of commitment is welcome and appreciated. Certain positions may require specific time commitments – please refer to the Current Volunteer Positions page for more information.

Volunteering as a Group

If you have a large group (more than five) please email Selah Gardiner (selah.gardiner@accgov.com) to schedule an appointment with the following:

1) Date(s) and time(s) interested
2) Possible number in group
3) Name of group (if applicable)
4) Information for contact person

If your group is very large, we may require an orientation to be done off site (i.e. at one of your group’s meetings) by an Animal Services staff member prior to your volunteer appointment by the Volunteer Facilitator.