Volunteers make a difference! We rely on the hard work, love and commitment of our volunteers in all of our programs.

We have a new, revamped volunteer orientation and training that is COVID safe. Please read the information below to see the volunteer guidelines and how to get started!

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Volunteer Age Guidelines

  • Age 16 and older: can volunteer with no special supervision.
  • Age 13 to 15: must volunteer with an adult that is 18 years or older. This adult must also go through the volunteer training process. 
  • Age 12 and under – cannot volunteer at the shelter. However, there are other volunteer opportunities outside the shelter. Please contact the Program Coordinator, Cooper Hatch, for ideas at 919-932-4965 or chatch@orangecountync.gov

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers can sign up for shifts as early as 9:00am Monday - Saturday. Later shifts may run as late as 6:00pm on some of those operating days. There are no volunteer opportunities available on Sundays. Please check with the Program Coordinator (listed below) for more details about volunteer hours and shifts.

Volunteer Orientation

To become a volunteer you must first go through the orientation. This entails watching a New Volunteer Video and completing a short quiz. If you pass the quiz, you will be registered in our volunteer system and will receive information on the next step. Please email chatch@orangecountync.gov in order to get started.

Volunteer Training

The next step is a one-on-one hands on training with either the Program Coordinator or a Volunteer Mentor. You will sign up for a minimum of one shift where you will shadow and get hands on experience on how the processes work here.

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer opportunities are categorized by groups:

  • Basic – entry level volunteer position
  • Advanced – require additional training or a certain amount of volunteer hours
  • Mentoring - after a combination of 100 hours of basic and advanced, plus apply with the Program Coordinator.

If you have a special skill, talent or hobby, please feel free to share them with us. There may be a need you can help with.


  • Cat Socializer
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Co-location (Emergency) Shelter Assistant
  • Dog Walker/Socializers
  • Facility Friend
  • Groomer
  • Kennel Assistant for cats and dogs
  • Outreach/ Special Events Representative
  • Small Animal Companion


  • Adoption/Meet and Greet Counselor
  • Rabies Clinic Assistants


  • Training Mentor - assist with the volunteer orientation and volunteer training
  • Volunteer Mentor - “Go To” person for new volunteers and to give gentle reminders for other volunteers.

If you have questions about volunteering that have not been answered by this web page, please feel free to contact: