Volunteers We Need The Most

  • Weekday Morning dog walkers (8am-10am)
  • Cat Volunteers (especially litter box cleaning and feeding 8am-10am  on weekday mornings!)
  • Education Committee Volunteers (bilingual a plus!)

APS Volunteer General Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age (We have limited opportunities for teens. CLICK HERE for more information.).
  • Volunteers must work at least 8 hours per month and commit to volunteer for at least six months.
  • Volunteers must also be able and willing to follow the procedures we have in place for the safety of both our animals and volunteers.
  • All Volunteers must attend an orientation and complete necessary training before they begin.
  • 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 can be challenging both physically and emotionally.  Making the commitment to volunteer is not a decision I want anyone to take lightly as we do ask a lot of our volunteers.  Should you decide to volunteer, I hope it will be a wonderful experience for you and gratifying for you to directly make a difference in the lives of the animals here at the Durham County Animal Shelter.

The steps to becoming a volunteer are as follows:

  1. Complete your APS Volunteer Profile and sign up to attend a volunteer orientation. Orientation lasts about an hour to an hour and a half and will give you an opportunity to learn more about the APS, the problems and consequences of pet overpopulation, some of the guidelines and expectations we have here as well as the different areas in which you can choose to help. Orientations for each month are set during the last week of the previous month.
  2. After you’ve completed orientation and you decide you want to make the commitment to volunteer, we will set up a time for you to be trained in the area you choose to work.  Most volunteers go through two to five hours of personal training before they begin volunteering.

Complete your APS Volunteer Profile

This is where you’ll be able to sign up to attend a volunteer orientation. If you do not see any orientation dates available, please choose ‘Keep Me Posted’ on your volunteer form. 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 and we hope to meet you soon!

 APS of Durham
Staff and Volunteers
(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 animals at the shelter (feeding, socializing, etc.) must be at least 18 years old. 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 any regular APS volunteer job. 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.