The Anti-Cruelty Society has provided shelter and medical care for hundreds of thousands of animals since 1899. Volunteers make our success possible by helping throughout our shelter, veterinary clinic, from home and beyond! If you love animals and are interested in lending a helping hand—you've come to the right place!
Adult Volunteer Program
Do have a positive attitude, passion for community, love of animals and are at least eighteen years old? Then consider training to become an on-site volunteer! Choose from one of five entry-level volunteer programs that will connect you with the people and pets who make the Society a success.
Visit our Adult Volunteer Program page for more information including requirements, an application and training details. Please note that, due to high candidate volumens, the current turn-around time to begin training is between six and eight weeks.
Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to see if we already have them answered.
Events & Outreach
Special Events Volunteering
If you're interested in representing The Anti-Cruelty Society in off-site events - consider training to be a Special Events volunteer. In this role people from the community act as ambassadors of our organization by attending mixers, outreach parties and other social meet-ups on our behalf.
Our next upcoming Special Event Volunteer training is taking place on Tuesday, September 24th at 6pm. To register for this training please contact Special Events Associate Mary Mills at email@example.com
The Society Street Team
This group of animal-loving volunteers works closely with our Marketing team to get the word out about upcoming events, campaigns and advocacy calls. Volunteers help spread our message of caring across the internet using social media and through the community with grass-roots poster hanging. If you find yourself short on time, but with a passion for helping homeless pets, this is a great way to get involved!
Our next Street Team training will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd, from 6-7pm at 169 W. Grand Avenue. To save your spot at the training, or for more information about the Street Team, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anti-Cruelty Society offers service-learning opportunities for teens who are looking to complete community service hours for school. The program includes activities that individual students or classrooms can perform to help us fulfill our mission of helping pets and educating people. Additional information can be found here.
The Foster Program
The Anti-Cruelty Society's dedicated group of Foster volunteers provides temporary housing for animals who are not yet ready for adoption room placement. The individual love and care of a foster parent gives each animal an opportunity to flourish in a home, rather than in the shelter environment. For additional information on foster volunteer requirements and an application click here
Do you have a dog who’s super social and well-behaved? Have you dreamed of volunteering side-by-side with your pet? If so, then the Pet Visitation Program sounds like your perfect fit! In this program, volunteers and their dogs visit with local community organizations alongside our Humane Education team to bring the message of compassion and care to others. Candidates must be able to provide their own transportation and own a dog with a Canine Good Citizen Certification. To learn more about the Pet Visitation program, click here.
Enrich the lives of shelter pets by creating fun and functional crafts from home. From no-sew to crochet, we have a variety of techniques and projects that you create and then donate to needy shelter animals. For a list of projects click here.
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! Whether by hosting a donation drive or coordinating a pet toy crafting party, we'll help you plan your outreach event.
Please note that we do not have any on-site animal handling opportunities for groups at this time.
For more information on coordinating student groups or projects for kids and teens, please email: email@example.com.
If you're looking for ideas on how to get your company, community team or other adult group involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org