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