Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

Volunteering at an animal shelter is a big commitment. Shelters need a lot of help from volunteers. Many shelters are strict on who they accept as volunteers, as they like to ensure their animals are well treated.


  • Complete an application
  • Attend orientation
  • Attend training courses
  • Make a tax-deductible contribution that helps to cover some costs that may be associated with volunteering.
  • Sign a liability waiver

Each shelter has its own set of guidelines pertaining to volunteers at the shelter.

Responsibilities Involved in Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

There are many needs that shelters require volunteers to assist with. Aside from petting puppies and kittens, there is a lot of work to be done. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning pet cages
  • Cleaning and grooming of pets
  • Office assistance
  • Walking dogs
  • Socializing with cats
  • Provide viewing of pets to potential adoptors
  • Photographing the pets
  • Fostering

Many animal shelters need a regular commitment from volunteers to ensure all tasks are being handled.

Volunteers can also assist by posting pets that have been found and are not microchipped on social media. This is a great way to help find pet owners and reunite them.

Things to Consider About Volunteering at an Animal Shelter

As previously mentioned, volunteering at an animal shelter is a big commitment. Before you take the leap of becoming an animal shelter volunteer you should consider the following:

  • A regular commitment of time
  • Possible training requirements
  • All the tasks that will be required of you
  • The types and sizes of the animals
  • The ability to work in all weather conditions
  • Noise Level
  • Any pet allergies you may have
  • Over attachment to the animals

Volunteering at an animal shelter is a great benefit to the community. It provides a safe place for pets to stay and be cared for while looking for their owners or finding them a forever home. It keeps the pets off the streets which greatly benefits the community.