Volunteer Program

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Rain, snow or shine — our volunteers are here to help make a difference for the animals in our community!

Do you want to help animals and serve your community? Join the Wake County Animal Center’s Volunteer Program! 

The Volunteer Program is an integral part of the Wake County Animal Center and it enables us to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of lost or homeless animals each year. We could not exist without the commitment and expertise of each of our volunteers and we're always looking for responsible and enthusiastic animal-lovers to join our group of dedicated and compassionate volunteers.

We offer a variety of roles and assignments, so no matter your preference - working with animals, working with people, or working by yourself - you have a way to impact the animals in our care.

Our Volunteer Program encompasses all aspects of the Center:

Work with animals - walking, cuddling, cleaning, training, enrichment, grooming, taking pictures, writing biographies and more!
Work with people - guiding visitors, showcasing adoptable animals, marketing, fundraising, attending off-site events and more!
Work independently - data entry, housekeeping, laundry and more!

You can volunteer in many different activities or become an expert in one particular role. All it takes is some free time, a little bit of training and a natural desire for helping others!


If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Program, here are the requirements: 

  •  You must meet the necessary Essential Capabilities to safely volunteer. 
  • You must be over the age of 18. Eighteen is the minimum age to volunteer with us, and there are no exceptions to this rule. 
  • You must commit to at least six hours per month, for at least six months. We cannot accommodate single-day or short-term volunteerism.

Additional information regarding our Volunteer Program can be found here - Volunteer Program Information.

Due to a vacancy in the Volunteer Coordinator position, onboarding for the Volunteer Program is currently paused. Please check back for updates.

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page before reaching out, as your question or concern may already be addressed there.