When you are ready to apply to become a volunteer, click below to find a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process.
The Main Shelter and Thrift Store are closing at 4:00 pm Friday, March 24, for a special event. Adoption visits are first-come, first-served. We recommend checking our current waitlist prior to your visit. Most other services are by appointment only, including reuniting lost animals, surrendering a pet, wildlife rehabilitation, and more.
Welcome to the next generation of animal advocates! Youth volunteers can help support DCHS by providing comfort and care to animals at the shelter, completing service projects or helping in many other ways.
Critter Cuddler — [pdf]
Youth ages 8-17 can volunteer with an adult and 16-17 can volunteer solo caring for our smallest critters. At this time all weekend or after school week day shifts are full.
Barkins' Donation Assistant — [pdf]
Youth ages 16-17 can help sort and organize donations to the shelter. Items we either cannot use or have plenty of go to our Barkins' Thrift Store where the public can purchase pet items they need.
Feline Friend — [pdf]
Youth ages 16-17 can help provide extra comfort and care to our cats at the Main Shelter. At this time most weekend or after school week day shifts are full.
Classroom Animal Assistant — [pdf]
Youth ages 8-17 can volunteer along with a parent or guardian helping care for and give extra attention to our classroom animals. At this time all shifts are filled.
Thrift Store Assistant — [pdf]
Youth ages 10-15 can volunteer with an adult and 13-17 can volunteer solo helping manage store donations.