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Volunteer Opportunities

If you are 18 years or older and can spare at least four hours per month we would love to have you join our team! 

As a volunteer, you will be asked to attend a new volunteer orientation class and read the PCAS volunteer handbook. You will complete a volunteer application and optionally attend animal socialization training and other training from time to time to help us improve the adoptability of the animals. The handbook, along with the orientation class and training classes will enhance your experience as you become a successful and valued member of our team.

During your orientation class we will answer questions about becoming a volunteer and provide clarification about the information in the handbook. We will provide training for proper animal handling and shelter operations and explain the available training classes. Please read the handbook before attending the orientation class to help you get started. The new volunteer orientation and safety class is provided on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:15 to 7:30 PM. 

We have many ways you can help our animals as a volunteer for PCAS Center, including: 

  • socializing and training animals, 
  • exercising animals, 
  • grooming and bathing animals, 
  • assisting the kennel attendants with care and well being of animals,
  • working in the office and maintaining our web pages, or 
  • helping with the organization in off-site adoption events 


  • To provide a formal framework of policies, procedures, and standards for the training of volunteers; 
  • To provide volunteer orientation and training to ensure that each person has adequate knowledge and standardized skills to make positive experiences for our animals and volunteers alike;
  • To provide volunteers a means to support the County shelter and its animals in the way they feel most comfortable, through direct services (exercising and socializing with dogs and cats) or indirect services (animal adoptions, fundraising, clerical or kennel work assignments).


  • To support PCAS programs and services;
  • To help with the care and socialization of animals and assist with placing them in appropriate homes;
  • To develop skills and knowledge to assist with the humane and ethical treatment of animals;
  • To abide by the policies and procedures of PCAS and to present a positive image of PCAS to the public.


  • To be treated fairly with consideration and respect and to be given appreciation and encouragement of your work; 
  • To have the opportunity to share ideas, thoughts, and suggestions openly and honestly with management; 
  • To participate in orientations and on-the-job training to gain knowledge of PCAS programs, services, and the care and welfare of animals. 


Download the PCAS Volunteer Application

Download the PCAS Volunteer Handbook (2017)