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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.  Our orientations are posted on the 15th of every month (or the Friday before if the 15th falls on a weekend). They fill up quickly. If you receive a message saying that there are no spots available OR no message at all, that means the upcoming orientations are full. To pre-register for the orientation of your choice, click here. You can email Sarah Fallin, Program Coordinator, or call her at 919-932-4966, if you are having difficulties and to be placed on a wait list.

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




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


Animal Services is now taking applications for the Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant! 
Applications due by December 1st, 2017

Click here for more information and application.

Dog Adoption Month!
October 2017
Adoption fees reduced for all dogs and puppies during October 2017. Dogs: $65, Puppies: $70 

2 for 1 Cat Adoption Special!
Good until October 31, 2017 

Adopt any 2 cats together and the second cat is FREE! Because life is more fun with a friend.

Low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic
Thursday, October 26
5pm -7pm

This clinic will be held at the Farmer's Market in Hillsborough, located on Margaret Lane. 
One and three-year vaccinations available for $10 (must have a previous rabies certification in hand to receive 3-year vaccine, a tag alone is not sufficient). Microchips offered for $35. Please bring animals on leashes and in carriers.  
See details and other rabies 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.