The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a variety of ways people over the age of 18 can engage in our community of caring. From hands-on programs where you work directly with the animals, to group volunteer events, fostering, pet visitation, and more, if you love animals there are several ways you can help.


In these programs, volunteers work side-by-side with staff to help with the daily care, training, and placement of adoptable animals. All volunteers looking to join one of our on-site programs must be at least 18 years of age, available to volunteer at least 5 hours each month and make a one year commitment.

Visit our On-Site Programs page for more information about time commitments, program requirements, the application process and training details.


The Anti-Cruelty Society’s new Reading Buddies program invites animal lovers to put their compassion to action. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to sit with one of our designated Reading Buddy pets and read to them from their favorite book. Take part in this drop-in volunteer project and you’ll be keeping adoptable pets company while helping them to relax in this busy environment. Supporters looking to complete community service hours are encouraged to participate. Learn more here.


If you’re looking for a way to get involved beyond the shelter, or you’re currently unable to make a one year commitment to one of our on-site programs, consider taking part in one of our off-site special projects. Review our Off-Site Programs page for a list of short-term volunteer opportunities.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

If you’re looking for a one-off on-site volunteer opportunity with the Society, consider signing your team up to become a Crafting Crew! Our group volunteer sessions enable your team to help shelter animals in a practical way by crafting enrichment projects using common everyday materials. These finished items go a long way in making sure the critters remain happy, healthy, and comfortable while they’re in our care. Learn more about group volunteer opportunities here.

The Foster Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Foster Program is a vital lifeline that helps to rehabilitate and adopt animals in our care. The individual love and care of a foster parent gives pets the opportunity to flourish in a home, rather than in a shelter environment. Foster periods vary from a few weeks to months, but the impact on the person and pet lasts a lifetime. Learn more about the foster program here.

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