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Our volunteers are the engine that keeps A.D.O.P.T. running.

All volunteers will need to submit a completed Volunteer Application and attend an orientation session (after application is submitted) prior to starting volunteer work.  All volunteers will receive a copy of the Volunteer Manual at the orientation.  Please note, volunteers must be 18 years and older, and be current on their tetanus vaccine.  Fee for volunteer orientation, training and A.D.O.P.T. t-shirt is $25 per person, payable at the orientation with check or credit card.

Please note:  Volunteering cannot typically be used for community service hours.

Contact Jill, our volunteer coordinator, with questions at  

Orientations for adult volunteers (over 18) are held monthly from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm at the shelter. Upcoming dates are listed below. 

April 23, 2016

May 28, 2016

June 25, 2016

July 23, 2016

August 27, 2016

September 24, 2016

October 22, 2016

November 12, 2016

December 10, 2016

Current volunteers log in here

There are many opportunities for volunteer participation at A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter.  For specific volunteer roles, activities and contacts are listed below:

Animal Care (Dogs and Cats) 

Volunteer at the shelter caring for the animals. This includes providing animals with fresh food and water, cleaning the kennels/cages and dog runs, leash-walking dogs, grooming those animals in need, and providing ample love and attention to our shelter animals. Individuals can volunteer with cats, with dogs, or both.

Foster Program

Dogs: Experienced fosters are needed to care for specific dogs requiring consistency in their routine or possibly special attention. In addition, fosters for litters of puppies are occasionally needed. 

Cats: We are always on the lookout for foster homes that will open their doors to pregnant cats, cats with kittens, orphaned kittens, as well as special needs animals.  

More information on our foster program can be found on our foster page.  

Data Entry

Volunteers will help with entering various pieces of information into our customized applications. We are seeking individuals who are detail-oriented and well organized.

Front Desk Greeter 

Front Desk Coverage is needed throughout the week and weekend.   Front Desk Coverage involves answering phones and greeting shelter guests; exceptional customer service skills are necessary.  This is the position where you will need to learn the most about how the shelter runs, as you will be answering lots of questions!

Facilities Maintenance

Throughout the year, help is often needed with various indoor tasks as well as outdoor projects.  In addition, special projects involving computer and data technologies arise.

Marketing & Public Relations 

There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available in this area, including writing and posting press releases, assisting in promotion of services and events, & creating brochures and flyers as needed.

Fundraising & Friendraising 

Volunteers are always needed to help with information tables, fundraising activities, and events.  Typically these events are posted on our website.  If you are interested, we can use your help!

A.D.O.P.T. Website and Social Media

Assistance is needed in keeping our website up-to-date, particularly in the posting of our animals available for adoption and removing those who have been adopted.  We are also on the lookout for specialized IT talent with experience in Java Script, Flash, etc.  Talented photographers are always needed as well.  A picture is worth a thousand words!

Off-Site Activities 

Particularly during the summer months, A.D.O.P.T. participates in many off-site events for the purposes of promoting our organization, showing our animals, and raising funds.  Off-site activities include both regularly scheduled pet store meet-and-greets as well as on-time off-site events.  Coin bank placement and collection is another part of our Off-Site Program.

Humane Education 

This program involves scheduled Day Camps, Birthday Parties at the shelter, Scout visits to the shelter and occasional visits to area schools.  Volunteers are needed to help grow this program.


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