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 16+ to walk dogs without adult supervision
  • Volunteers must be 15+ to volunteer with our cats without adult supervision
  • Volunteers 10+ may volunteer with parent or 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

How Teens & Children 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 16 to volunteer without a guardian present (at least 15 to work with the cats).

Children and Teens 10 years or older, Learn more here…

Children 9 years and younger, Learn more here…

(We do not have on-site shelter volunteer opportunities for kids 9 years and under)

Already a volunteer?

Current APS Volunteers log in here.