Become a volunteer at Animal Services
and help make a difference!
Animal Services relies on volunteers to help enhance the lives of the animals that come through its doors. They are indispensable and extremely appreciated. Each year, our dedicated volunteers give thousands of hours of their personal time to help our County’s homeless animals.
All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and be able to commit to a minimum of 8 hours a month (or 2 hours per week). Interested persons must complete a volunteer application, attend a volunteer orientation and interview, and attend required trainings. Volunteers are able to work with adoptable animals Monday – Saturday from 12:00 noon - 5:30 p.m. (Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.), unless otherwise assigned. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for the next scheduled Volunteer Orientation.
Cat Companion Get your kitty fix and help enrich the lives of the adoptable shelter cats through socialization, exercise, brushing, and good old-fashioned TLC.
Dog Walking Help keep our shelter dogs fit and happy by becoming a dog walker. Walking gets them out of their kennel for fresh air, socialization, human contact, and exercise and reduces their overall stress.
Events/ Fundraising Help MCAS with events and fundraising when needed. Volunteers will work closely with our non-profit fundraising group, FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Services).
Host/Hostess This is a sometimes fast paced job where volunteers help "direct traffic" in the lobby and are available around the shelter to help the public with questions. It is an entry step into becoming an Adoption Counselor.
Animal Care Volunteers help keep the shelter clean and the animals happy. Includes: cleaning, feeding, bathing, and medication distribution.
Virtual Volunteer Can't make it to the shelter but like to work on your computer? Help out virtually! Work on various computer projects sent via email from our volunteer coordinator. You must be comfortable using Microsoft Office programs and have regular access to email.
Education/ training Volunteers will help with presentations, trainings given at MCAS or at offsite locations. They will also help plan and schedule different trainings for volunteers/staff (such as dog and cat trainings for volunteers).
Web Photos Help make our adoptable animals shine on-line! Pairs of volunteers check the website for needed photos, take photos of adoptable animals, prepare write-ups of the animals, and enter into our database. These programs directly helps to attract adopters since people really respond to the wonderful pictures!
Offsite Adoptions Some people can't come into a shelter but want to adopt. So we bring shelter animals to offsite locations in the community in order to find them homes. Volunteers assist with these events as well as communicate with the public about the animals and Animal Services.
Spay/ Neuter Clinic Our spay/neuter clinic operates on a part time basis to spay/neuter animals adopted from MCAS. Volunteers assist the Vet and RVT in spay/neuter clinic. A committed regular schedule is required. Back-up volunteers are also needed for those with an interest but can't commit to a regular schedule.
Dog Training A future program that would focus on training Pink level dogs. Volunteers would work on various behavior modification techniques.
Adoption Counseling An upcoming opportunity where volunteers work with the public to help find them find that "perfect match". It involves answering questions, facilitating introductions between potential adopters and shelter animals, and providing needed counseling to make the introduction a match.
Follow-up calls Another future program that involves volunteers following up with adopters to determine the success of the adoption.
Volunteer Team Leader Volunteer team leaders (VTLs) hold key positions within every aspect of the program and, in a sense, are the glue that holds the program together. Basically, a volunteer team leader works “under” the volunteer coordinator and directly with volunteers in each program. For example, the VTL for dog walkers helps to coordinate, schedule, and develop the dog walking program.
So are you ready to volunteer?!