Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the shelter. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended mandatory training for new volunteers until this pandemic has passed. We are hoping to get back to normal processes for volunteering as soon as possible. You can see these normal processes described below.

To volunteer, you will need to attend an orientation and training once we resume these sessions. These are usually held once per month. The sign up is usually posted on the 15th of the month before a session is held. Once social distancing measures have ended, please continue to check this volunteer page.

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

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Volunteer Age Guidelines

  • Age 16 and older: can volunteer with no special supervision.
  • Age 13 to 15: must attend orientation and training with a parent or adult over 18. This adult must also volunteer with them.
  • Age 12 and under – cannot volunteer at the shelter. However, there are other volunteer opportunities outside the shelter. Please contact the Program Coordinator, Cooper Hatch, for ideas at 919-932-4965 or email.

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers may be scheduled for shifts as early as 8:30am on operating days, Monday - Saturday. Later shifts may run as late as 6:00pm on some of those operating days. There are no volunteer opportunities available on Sundays. Please check with the Program Coordinator (listed below) for more details about volunteer hours and shifts.

Volunteer Orientation

There are two volunteer orientations scheduled each month and each one lasts approximately 2 hours. All volunteers are required to attend orientation. Our orientations are posted around noon on the 15th of every month (or the Friday before if the 15th falls on a weekend). Please check the website as close to that time as possible because spots do fill up quickly. Register for an orientation to join in. If you receive a message saying that there are no spots available or no message at all, that means the upcoming orientations are full. 

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is scheduled every month. All volunteers 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 25 hours of basic volunteering
  • Mentoring - after a combination of 100 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.


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


  • Adoption/Meet and Greet Counselor
  • Public Speaker
  • Rabies Clinic Assistants


  • Training Mentor - assist with the volunteer orientation and volunteer training
  • Volunteer Mentor - “Go To” person for new volunteers and to give gentle reminders for other volunteers.

If you have questions about volunteering that have not been answered by this web page, please feel free to contact: