Volunteers are an important part of our mission. There are many ways that your compassion and expertise can make a difference for the animals in our care. Opportunities are available assisting the public with adoptions or lost and found animals, providing care and affection in our kennels and exercising and training our dogs. We also need foster parents to take home kittens and puppies that are too young to go up for adoption yet. We even have some positions that can be done out in our community. The Animal Shelter is a 7-day a week operation, and volunteers are needed every day of the week.
Benefits of Volunteering
There are many benefits to being a volunteer! Getting involved in our community, developing new skills, exploring the field of animal care, improving the quality of life for animals, helping animals become more adoptable, meeting new friends, attending our annual appreciation banquet, and the fulfillment that comes from knowing you are making a difference are just a few of the benefits.
All of the following are required to volunteer at the Adams County Animal Shelter:
- At least 16 years old
- Willing to make a six-month commitment of approximately three hours per week
- Complete an application online or visit the shelter during normal business hours to fill out an application in person.
- Mandatory orientation and safety training
- Undergo a background check
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll contact you via email regarding our next available orientations and sign-ups. Orientations typically last two hours. In 2016, orientations will be held in June, August and October. During orientation, you will receive an overview of our services, history, the humane movement, our philosophies, and volunteer opportunities. If you choose to continue on as a volunteer, you will be required to attend hands-on training in your designated volunteer area.
Please remember to complete an application online or visit the shelter during normal business hours to fill out an application in person.
Available Volunteer Positions
Note: All positions are subject to availability at time of placement.