So, you love animals and want to lend a helping hand to the pets in your community? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

The Anti-Cruelty Society has provided shelter and medical care for hundreds of thousands of animals since 1899. Volunteers make our continued success possible by helping throughout our shelter, adoption centers, veterinary clinic, and even from the comfort of their own homes, as well as many other places around the community.

Currently Fast-Tracking

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Volunteer Services Department is currently fast-tracking applicants who are available for the following programs and shifts:

Pet Visitation: Weekday afternoons

Cat Adopts: Weekday afternoons & evenings

Dog Care: Weekday mornings

Everyday Adoption Center Assistants: All shifts

Volunteer Guides: Weekday afternoons & evenings

On-Site Adult Opportunities

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.

Off-Site Opportunities

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. 

Teen Opportunities

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers service-learning opportunities for teens that are looking to complete community service hours for school. Additional information regarding service-learning opportunities can be found here. For more information on coordinating student groups or projects for kids and teens, please email education@anticruelty.org.

The Foster Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society’s dedicated group of foster volunteers provides temporary housing for animals that are not yet ready to be placed in our adoption room. For more information about our foster program and requirements click here.

Group Opportunities

Are you planning a service day with your work colleagues? Do you have a group of students with a passion for pets who want to help? Whether for a school outing or corporate event, there are many ways in which outside groups can get involved with our community of caring! Click here for details on current group volunteer opportunities.

Thank you to our partners whose support makes our work possible