Adult Volunteer Program
Become an Anti-Cruelty Society Volunteer!
Volunteering at The Anti-Cruelty Society means more than just spending time with a cat or dog - it's about making a difference in our community, preparing animals to meet their forever families, facilitating life-long bonds, and networking with other animal-loving people along the way. Whether you have several hours a week or just a handful of hours every month, the animals need you!
Currently we are taking applications for all Level 1 programs. Please note that there is a one to two month wait to begin training due to high applicant volumes.
For a full list of Volunteer Programs click here.
Requirements to Volunteer
We recognize the valuable roles volunteers play and are committed to providing thorough, hands-on training and ongoing support to every volunteer.
The following are basic requirements for joining our volunteer team:
- Commit to volunteering for at least 1 full year
- Log at least 5 hours each month
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Complete a Volunteer Application
- Finish all program training
- Purchase a volunteer t-shirt ($10)
- An understanding and passion for animal welfare issues
- Strong verbal communication
- Ability to work well independently and within a team
- Exceptional customer service skills
- Attention to detail
It is important that every person volunteering for The Anti-Cruelty Society be well trained to ensure the safety of our animals and personnel. Because of our extensive training curriculum, please note that it may take 1-2 months to become an "official" volunteer. If you are looking to volunteer sooner, please consider alternative volunteer opportunities.
If you meet the above outlined requirements and are aware of the length of our training process, follow the steps below to begin your journey as a Society volunteer!
1.Complete a Volunteer Candidate Application. Once submitted we will review your application and contact you regarding your eligibility and program interests. Please note that because of high volume processing times for submissions range between 4-5 weeks.
2. Attend Orientation. Once your application has been reviewed you may be asked to begin the training process by attending a Volunteer Orienattion. During Orientation you will learn more about our organization, volunteer programs and key points from the Volunteer Handbook. At the end of the Orientation you will choose a program and date for your program-specific In-Shelter Training.
3. Attend In-Shelter Training. In this in-depth session led by an experienced Volunteer Trainer, you will learn the ins and outs of your chosen volunteer program in addition to valuable animal handling skills.
4. Solo Session. This final step in the training process allows new volunteers an opportunity to 'test drive' the skills acquired through their In-Shelter training. Following the successful completion of a Solo Session trainees are granted their official volunteer status.
To find out more information or to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our Volunteer Programs, please Click Here.