Thank you for your interest in volunteering
with the Animal Protection Society of Durham!
Click here to fill out your volunteer application.

APS Volunteer General Requirements:

  • 10 and under? You can volunteer your time with adult supervision, reading to cats!
  • 10-16? You can volunteer your time with adult supervision, walking dogs or participating in cat care!
  • 16+? You can volunteer with dogs and cats without adult supervision!
  • Community event volunteers must be 16+, and have 10+ hours of in shelter volunteer hours.
  • 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 accept community service volunteers. To apply, please click here. Our Volunteer Manager will be in touch within a week.

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.

 

Group Volunteering:

Interested in bringing your group to volunteer at APS? Click here to read more.

We currently do not have any availability for outside group volunteering. Check back in June! 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Dog Walker

  1. Volunteers must be 16+ to walk dogs without adult supervision
  2. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  3. Once you’ve completed Orientation, set up a time to be trained to become a Dog Walker. *Most volunteers will go through two to five hours of training before they begin volunteering independently
  4. After completing Orientation and Training, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Dog Enrichment

  1. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  2. Once you’ve completed Orientation, set up a time to become trained with Dog Enrichment.
  3. After completing Orientation and Training, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Cat Care

  1. Volunteers must be 16+ to volunteer with cats without adult supervision.
  2. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  3. Once you’ve completed Orientation, set up a time to be trained to help with Cat Care. *Most volunteers will go through two to five hours of training before they begin volunteering independently
  4. After completing Orientation and Training, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Medical Care Volunteer

  1. Volunteers must be 16+ to volunteer in our medical department.
  2. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  3. Once you’ve completed Orientation, set up a time to be trained to help with Medical Care. *Most volunteers will go through two to five hours of training before they begin volunteering independently
  4. After completing Orientation and Training, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Front Desk Volunteer

  1. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  2. Once you’ve completed Orientation, set up a time to be trained to help with the Front Desk. *Most volunteers will go through two to five hours of training before they begin volunteering independently
  3. After completing Orientation and Training, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Event Volunteer

  1. Volunteers must be 16+ to volunteer at community events without adult supervision. They must also have 10+ in shelter hours before volunteering at community events.
  2. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  3. Once you’ve completed Orientation, click here to complete  Event Volunteer specific Orientation.
  4. Once completed, email certificate to Anna Wilcox at anna.wilcox@apsofdurham.org
  5. After completing both Orientations, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Dog Handler for Events

  1. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  2. Once you’ve completed Orientation, set up a time to be trained to become a Dog Walker. *You must have 8 hours of Dog Walking experience to become a Dog Handler for events.
  3. Once you’ve completed Orientation, click here to complete Dog Handler specific Orientation.
  4. Once completed, email certificate to Anna Wilcox at anna.wilcox@apsofdurham.org
  5. After completing both Orientations, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Cat Handler for Events

  1. Complete APS Volunteer Profile at the link at the top of the page. Once your application has been processed, you will receive a welcome packet with a link to the orientation presentation, FAQ about shelter volunteering, and a shelter map.
  2. Once you’ve completed Orientation, set up a time to be trained to become a Cat Care volunteer. *You must have 5 hours of Cat Care experience to become a Cat Handler for events.
  3. Once you’ve completed Orientation, click here to complete Cat Handler specific Orientation.
  4. Once completed, email certificate to Anna Wilcox at anna.wilcox@apsofdurham.org
  5. After completing both Orientations, you can sign up through your VicNet portal to find volunteer hours that are right for you.

Already a volunteer?

Current APS Volunteers log in here.