Volunteers We Need The Most

  • Weekday afternoon dog walkers (8am-10am)
  • Cat volunteers (as of February 2017, greatest need is for weekend volunteers)
  • Education/event volunteers (bilingual a plus!)

APS Volunteer General Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 to work independently, however, volunteers 13 – 17 years old can volunteer alongside a parent or guardian for any regular APS volunteer job. Volunteers 15 and older may work with the cats without an adult guardian.
  • Volunteers work at least 8 hours per month and commit to volunteer for at least six months (for exceptions to this or questions, please still apply and note this in your application; we still want your help!)
  • Volunteers must be able and willing to follow procedures for the safety of the animals, the public, volunteers and staff.
  • All Volunteers must 1) attend an orientation and 2) complete necessary training before volunteering.
  • We do not accept volunteers who are required to volunteer for court ordered or attorney recommended community service and we are not able to validate volunteer hours for such purposes.

Volunteering at an animal shelter will be physically and emotionally challenging. Should you decide to volunteer, please know you will make a difference in the lives of the animals at the Durham County Animal Shelter and the Durham community, at large.


Available Volunteer Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8AM-4:45PM

Wednesday: 8AM-4:45PM

Saturday, Sunday: 8AM-3:45PM

Holidays: Will be announced


How to Become a Volunteer

  1. Complete your APS Volunteer Profile below and sign up to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Orientation will give you an opportunity to learn more about the APS of Durham’s mission and operations, guidelines and expectations, and volunteer opportunities.
  2. After you’ve completed Orientation, you decide if you want to make the commitment to volunteer with us. We will set up a time for you to be trained in your area of interest.  Most volunteers will go through two to five hours of training before they begin volunteering independently.

Complete your APS Volunteer Profile

Please sign up to attend a volunteer orientation. If you do not see any orientation dates available, please select ‘Keep Me Posted’. We will email you as soon as the new dates are posted.

Thank you so much for your interest in helping homeless pets in Durham County. We hope to meet you soon!

The Animal Protection Society of Durham
(919) 560-0640 ext. 221

How Kids Can Help

Many young people ask how they can help the homeless animals at the Durham County Animal Shelter. Due to liability concerns, volunteers working with the dogs (feeding, socializing, etc.) must be at least 18 to volunteer without a guardian present (at least 15 to work with the cats). Learn more here…

(We do not have on-site shelter volunteer opportunities for kids 12 years and under)

How Teens Can Help

Volunteers 13 – 17 years old can volunteer alongside a parent or guardian for dog care, and can volunteer independently with cats from age 15. Teens and parents are both expected to meet and follow general volunteer requirements. Unless specified below, teens must be under direct supervision of a parent/guardian at all times. Learn more here… 


Already a volunteer?

Current APS Volunteers log in here.