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Volunteers make a difference! We rely on the hard work, love and commitment of our volunteers in all of our programs. 

Volunteer Age Guidelines

  • Age 16 and older: volunteer with no special supervision
  • Age 13 - 15 : volunteer with parent supervision

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers may come to the Animal Services Center to volunteeer during the following hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 – 6:00
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 – 7:30
  • Saturday: 8:30 – 5:00

Volunteer Orientation

There are two volunteer orientations scheduled each month and each one lasts approximately 90 minutes. All volunteers are required to attend orientation.  Please pre-register for the orientation of your choice by clicking here.  If you have any difficulty, please email Sarah Fallin, Program Coordinator or calling 919-942-PETS (7387).

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is scheduled every month.  All vounteers are required to attend training.  You must pre-register for training at orientation.


Volunteer Positions

Volunteer opportunities are categorized by groups:

Basic – entry level volunteer position

Advanced – after twenty four (24) hours of basic volunteering

Mentoring – after a combination of 36 hours of basic and advanced, plus apply with the Program Coordinator.   

If you have a special skill, talent or hobby, please feel free to share them with us.  There may be a need you can help with.


  • Clerical Assistant
  • Cat Socializer
  • Dog Walker
  • Groomer
  • Kennel Assistant for cats and dogs
  • Outreach/ Special Events Representative
  • Small Animal Companion
  • Facility Friend
  • Emergency Shelter Assistant


  • Adoption/Meet and Greet Counselor
  • Pet Visitation
  • Co-location  Shelter Assistant
  • Animal Training Assistant
  • Public Speaker
  • Dog Walking off campus


  • Volunteer Mentor – “Go To” person for new volunteers and to give gentle reminders for other volunteers.
  • Training Mentor – assist with the volunteer orientation, volunteer training, adoption, meet and greet, and disaster management trainings
  • Adoption Meet and Greet Mentor – assist the new counselors with questions shadowing, etc



Other options:

facebooksquare small Visit us on Facebook for adoptable pets and events, and follow us on Twitter for listings of stray pets received at the Animal Services Center or found by others.

camCheck out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!

Upcoming Events

Open House
Saturday, June 3
12 - 4 pm

Our annual Open House Event will be held Saturday, June 3rd from 12-4 pm at our Animal Services Center.  The event will feature free food, adoption specials, tours, birds of prey from CLAWS, and more!

Cat Adoption Month!
June 1 - 30
All Cats and Kittens will be only $50 for the entire month of June as a part of our Cat Adoption Month!

Low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic
Saturday, June 10
9 am - 12 pm

Our next clinic will be held at the Animal Services Center in Chapel Hill, located on Eubanks Road. One and three-year vaccinations offered for $10 (must have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive 3-year vaccine- tag is not sufficient).  Microchips offered for $25.  Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  See details and other clinic dates this year on our rabies page.

Margaret's Cantina Dinner Proceeds

Every 2nd Monday of the month
Eat dinner at Margaret's Cantina on the 2nd Monday of every month and 10% of proceeds will go to the Spay/Neuter Program at Animal Services.