NOTICE: Adams County government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 27.

Volunteer Program

Getting Involved

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. 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.

Pet Fostering

Provide a temporary home for Adams County Animal Shelter Pets! Fostering is a flexible, family-friendly volunteer opportunity that can have a huge impact. Learn more about our foster program. To get involved in our foster parent program please fill out a Foster Parent Application, or contact Jessi Bishopp, Foster Coordinator, to learn more about our program.

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Getting Started

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 two hours per week
  • Complete an application online
  • Mandatory orientation and 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. Our next orientation will be held in mid January 2018. 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 a hands-on training in your designated volunteer area.

Please remember to complete an application online, if you would like to get started in our volunteer program. We look forward to seeing you at our next orientation!

Available Volunteer Positions

Note: All positions are subject to availability at time of placement.