Volunteering at the Shelter

Socializing dogs helps them become more adoptable!

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 Control 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 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 Control 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 alternating Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Please view dates and register on the Volunteer Orientation page.


The Animal Control Shelter is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day except Wednesdays. Typically, volunteer hours are between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM Thursday through Tuesday, 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 Michelle Carrigg (michelle.carrigg@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 Control staff member prior to your volunteer appointment.

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