Volunteering at the Shelter

Brown and white dog tongue out wearing orange collar.

Due to COVID-19, the Animal Services Adoption Center is not currently accepting new volunteers. Please continue to check this page for future updates. 

Animal Services welcomes all individuals and groups interested in volunteering at the Adoption Center, however all volunteers must first complete the required volunteer training in order to join the volunteer team.

Experience is not required, and we have volunteer opportunities for people of all skill levels and interests! Training and instructing on safety protocols will be provided during volunteer on-boarding, 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 trained, and 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 Adoption Center! Becoming a volunteer requires a willingness to become involved, availability, and commitment to the Animal Services mission and purpose.

Willingness to Become Involved

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

Attend an Orientation Session

Due to COVID-19, the Animal Services Adoption Center is not currently hosting new volunteer orientation sessions. Please continue to check this page for future updates.


The Animal Services Shelter is open to the public from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day by appointment only, and closed on Government Holidays. Typically, volunteer hours are every day between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM with the most help needed on weekdays. Availability varies 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 or for a Single Day or Service

If you have a group or are solely interested in a single day of service, 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 not be able to accommodate all in one volunteer service day.