Volunteering at Burlington Animal Services
Burlington Animal Services welcomes volunteers who have a sincere interest in our animals. Volunteers are an integral extension of our staff and we appreciate your time and willingness to help. To be an effective volunteer there must be a sincere interest in the work to be done, acceptance of supervision, adherence to our policies and a prudent use of common sense when working with the animals. We ask volunteers to be professional and courteous at all times, and to maintain the dignity and credibility of the shelter and Pet Adoption Center with the public.
- Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
- Must complete orientation session (see below for schedule and information).
- Agree to adhere to Burlington Animal Services' policies and procedures.
- Complete application and liability waiver. A background check is required for age 18 or older. Persons with certain criminal convictions will not be permitted to volunteer. Click on the links below for volunteer forms.
- Pet Pal—This involves walking, talking to, and playing with adoptable dogs and cats. These animals need exercise and attention. Volunteers can play with them in special areas at BAS and shower them with love and affection. A socialized cat or dog will become someone's pet much faster.
- Dog Obedience Training—Most BAS dogs are eager to learn their manners and would benefit from learning the basics of sit, stay, down, etc. Well-mannered dogs get adopted faster. If volunteers have any experience in obedience training, BAS welcomes them to help train BAS dogs.
- Grooming—Many BAS animals have not been cared for before coming to BAS. Their fur may be dirty, matted or shaggy from seasonal shedding. Their chance for adoption increases greatly if they have been groomed.
- Photography—BAS posts pictures of all adoptable pets on different websites and can always use volunteer help in getting good photographs of animals.
- Special Events—BAS takes animals to special events such as adoption fairs, the Carousel Festival, Christmas parades, etc., and can use extra hands and helpers.
- Rabies/Microchip Clinics—BAS holds several rabies/microchip clinics each year and needs volunteers to fill out the certificates and collect fees. BAS can use volunteers at these clinics who have neat handwriting and good spelling skills.
- Laundry—BAS staff need help washing, drying, and folding linens used for cleaning and in animal kennels.
- Kennel Cleaning Assistance—Keeping animal kennels clean is a 24/7 job, so BAS staff welcome volunteer help in cleaning cat cages and dog kennels.
In order to volunteer at BAS, individuals must complete the application process (described below), attend a volunteer orientation, and adhere to BAS policies and procedures.
A completed application and liability waiver are required for all volunteers. Volunteers age 18 and older are required to complete a background check form as well.
Complete and sign the forms. Either mail to Program Coordinator, Burlington Animal Services, 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Burlington, NC 27217; email to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them to the orientation session.
Applicants must attend one volunteer orientation session. Sessions are usually scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and one evening session March-October, to be announced below .Orientation will last at least 1-1/2 hours. Space is limited; you must pre-register for orientation by emailing Laura Michel at email@example.com or calling 336-578-0343, ext. 102.
- Thursday, september 13 at 11:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, september 19 at 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Burlington Animal Services is closed to the public on Sundays and most holidays.
Pet Foster Program
Foster volunteers are vital to our ability to ensure positive outcomes for pets admitted at our shelter. Foster homes are needed for pets all year long.
Those animals most in need of foster include those with medical needs, such as dogs with heartworm disease or demodectic mange; animals with behavioral needs, such as those who are shy, fearful, or stressed by the shelter environment; and animals who are too young to be adopted, such as kittens and puppies as well as moms with nursing young. The foster program allows these pets to be placed into a foster home where they receive medical treatment, work on socialization skills, or simply wait until they are old enough to be adopted.
Other pets without any medical or behavioral condition may also be placed into a foster home while waiting to find a home to free up limited kennel space at the shelter. Foster homes work to find the pet an adoptive home through BAS adoption program.
Foster application FORM
If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer, complete the application and either mail to Shelter Manager, Burlington Animal Services, 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Burlington, NC 27217 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hikes With HoundsBurlington Recreation & Parks and Burlington Animal Services are teaming up for the Hikes with Hounds program and are currently searching for volunteers. Volunteers will take a shelter dog for a hike along one of Burlington’s beautiful trails! This new volunteer opportunity will offer an enrichment activity for some of Burlington Animal Services’ adoptable dogs to get away for a couple of hours to enjoy nature, socializing and exercise. Hikes with Hounds will be offered one Friday each month at a hiking trail location at a Burlington park or along the Haw River Trail.
Volunteers must meet certain requirements including:
For more information or to register, please call (336) 229-3150.Registration Form