Current Volunteer Positions
Adoption Center Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Athens-Clarke County Animal Services Shelter! The Athens-Clarke County Animal Services Shelter has a variety of opportunities for volunteers to help socialize and care for the animals. Below is a list of all the current opportunities.
All volunteers must first come through the appropriate training program and will then receive the link to the Volunteer Schedule. All volunteers must sign up for their shifts on this provided schedule.
Volunteers visit dogs at the shelter and offer them out of kennel play in one of our nine interaction pens. Our Dog Socialization volunteers also help keep kennels and interaction pens clean, along with helping to provide toys and enrichment. These volunteers provide the dogs with an opportunity to expend excess energy, relieve stress, get some exercise and lots of love. Socializing the dogs helps build trust and makes them more adoptable. Even a few minutes of exercise and playtime can help calm them, and will certainly entertain you! Socializing with dogs is a great opportunity for those who cannot have pets of their own to get some puppy love! We welcome Dog Socialization volunteers every day on a pre-scheduled basis from 11 AM – 5 PM.
Morning Dog Care
Volunteers help clean kennels, sweep and mop the shelter area, assist with bringing dogs in and out of the play yards, clean and refresh water buckets, and assist with washing dishes. We are seeking volunteers for daily cleaning as well as deep-clean assistance. We welcome Dog Care volunteers every day on a pre-scheduled basis from 9 AM- 11 AM .
Dog Bathers and Groomers
Volunteers help groom and bathe dogs available for adoption, which helps keep them clean and in good appearance for potential adopters. There is nothing like the sheer joy of a dog after a bath! We welcome Dog Bathers and Groomers, especially in the Spring and Summer months, every day on a pre-scheduled basis from 11 AM – 5 PM.
Volunteers socialize cats by petting, playing, and talking to them, which helps build their trust in people and other animals. Some cats arrive at the shelter frightened and stressed, and every bit of human contact makes them feel better. We have two interaction rooms, and an outdoor catio, available for socializing with cats. We welcome Cat Socialization volunteers every day on a pre-scheduled basis from 11 AM – 5 PM.
Morning Cat Care
Volunteers help clean kennels, sweep and mop the shelter area, provide cats with scratching posts and toys, refresh food and water, and assist with washing dishes. The shelter cats appreciate the much-needed TLC. We are seeking volunteers for daily cleaning as well as deep-clean assistance. We welcome Cat Care volunteers every day on a pre-scheduled basis from 9 AM- 11 AM .
Photo & Pet Profile Volunteer
If you’ve spent time at the shelter as a volunteer or visitor, and are interested in becoming more involved, contact us about becoming a photo and pet profile volunteer for our website. We ask that you commit to at least two visits a month and we will provide appropriate training.
If you can’t come to the shelter, you can also help our dogs and cats get adopted by publicizing them on social media (like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), listservs, etc. The more people we can reach, the more quickly our pets will leave the shelter!
The Animal Services Shelter also works with the non-profit group Athenspets, who fundraises for the animals at the shelter. Athenspets has a number of volunteer opportunities available within their organization. You can visit their website for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer with them.