Volunteer Program

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RAIN, SNOW OR SHINE  -  Our volunteers are here to help MAKE A DIFFERENCE for the homeless pets in our community! 

Do you love animals, but having a pet of your own just isn't in the cards right now?  Or maybe you want to help less fortunate pets in the community? Sign up to be a volunteer! 

Volunteerism is an integral part of the Wake County Animal Center and enables us to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of homeless pets each year.  We could not exist without the time, efforts and expertise each of our volunteers commit to giving 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 goals (or limitations), you have a way to impact the shelter and help homeless pets find their forever homes. You can volunteer in many different assignments or become an expert in one particular role.  All it takes is some free time, a little bit of training and a natural talent for helping others! 

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Our Volunteer Program encompasses all aspects of the shelter:

  • Direct animal care through cleaning, cuddling, walking and enrichment
  • Adoption assistance through picture-taking, grooming, training and matchmaking
  • Overall shelter support through data entry, marketing, fundraising, attending events and more! 
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Our volunteers are self-motivated, mature and dependable. If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Program, below is a list of questions that you should ask yourself to make sure that volunteering with us is a good fit for you: 

  • Are you over the age of 16? Sixteen is the minimum age to volunteer and any volunteer 16-17 must be accompanied by an adult (who is also a volunteer) to perform the same tasks as a team. There are no exceptions to this rule. 
  • Do you meet the necessary Essential Capabilities needed to safely volunteer with us? 
  • Are you able to make at least a six-month commitment to regularly volunteer at least six hours a month? 
  • Do you have reliable access to the internet for obtaining information about volunteer positions and shelter updates?
  • WCAC Volunteer Program - FAQs 
  • Volunteer Program Code of Ethics 
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer. At this time, our volunteer applications are closed and onboarding for our Volunteer Program is currently paused. If you had previously filled out a Volunteer Application, our Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to you soon with more information to get you started on your volunteer journey with the Wake County Animal Center. Please check both your inbox and your spam folder (just in case). If you have not yet filled out an application, please keep checking this page to see when the applications re-open and when our volunteer onboarding resumes. Thank you! 

Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator: Meagan Thomas