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Volunteer Opportunities

Do you love spending time with animals? If so, we need you! There are multiple ways to get involved in a volunteer capacity at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter.


Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Dog Walkers: Dog walking volunteers work one-on-one with dogs and puppies, taking them outside for exercise and training, and giving them all the love, they need to thrive in a shelter environment. The shelter can be a noisy and stressful place for dogs who have been lost or given up on by their owners. Interaction with people is their best therapy. 

Cat Cuddlers: Cat Cuddlers hold, pet, interact and brush the shelter’s felines. This allows cats to relax in the shelter where there may be several strange smells and noises. The Cat Cuddler Program allows volunteers to interact with kittens and cats to help alleviate the animal’s stress, thereby enabling the cat to become more friendly and calm when approached by potential adopters. 

Event Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to represent the Forsyth County Animal Shelter at special events. Volunteers may be required to assist with check-in, provide directions, set-up and/or clean-up and any other special needs. Our Events Volunteers must have the ability to meet deadlines and be flexible with job assignments. 

Photography Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to take pictures and shoot videos of our adoptable animals on a weekly basis for the adoption section of our website and social media pages. 

Doggy Day Out: Our Doggy Day Out program allows those with a few hours to spare or a whole day to help our shelter dogs. Volunteers can check a dog out for the day and take them on an adventure. Whether it’s cuddle time at their home or a great walk and car ride, it gives our dogs a much-needed break from shelter life. 

Volunteer General Requirements:

1. You must provide proof of medical insurance.

2. Forsyth County Animal Shelter highly recommends volunteers be up-to-date on tetanus vaccination, however this is not a requirement.

3. You must be 18 years of age to volunteer independently in the shelter. 

4. You must be able to donate at least 4 hours per month.

5. All volunteers are subject to a 16-hour probation.

6. Must have Internet access and valid email address as most communication, updates and scheduling will be done online.

7. Hours open for volunteering: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

How to Become a Volunteer:

Those interested in volunteering should complete an online Volunteer Application Form and send the completed form to Upon review, the applicant may be contacted for an interview. Following the interview phase, an orientation will be completed to provide you with an overview of the shelter, including volunteer opportunities, general safety protocol, our expectations, and more. A tour of the shelter is offered as well.

Applicants are selected based on availability (weekends versus weekdays), current needs of the shelter, interests of the volunteer, etc. All applications are reviewed within 10 business days. Applicants who are not selected will not be contacted, but the application will be kept on file.

To learn more, please contact:

Chelsea Beebe
Program Coordinator

Wish List for Forsyth County Animal Shelter

Your support of the Forsyth County Animal Shelter is appreciated! Below please find our current wish list:

  • Kuranda cots
  • Dog Beds/Kennel Mats
  • Durable dog toys
  • Bully Sticks
  • Nyla bones
  • Spray Cheese for Kong’s
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pedigree/ Purina canned dog food
  • Dog pill pockets
  • KMR (kitten replacement milk), feeding bottles and other kitten supplies
  • Chicken or Turkey Baby Food
  • Fancy Feast/ Friskies canned cat food
  • Fancy Feast Kitten canned cat food
  • Soft Dog treats
  • Dog Treats/Bones (No Rawhide Please)
  • Hill's Science Diet Adult Chicken & Barley Recipe, Dry Dog Food
  • Hill's Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Recipe, Dry Puppy Food
  • Hill's Science Diet Adult Optimal Care Original, Dry Cat Food
  • Purina Kitten Chow
  • Gift cards to Petco, PetSmart or Costco
  • Pet wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Gently used towels and blankets
  • Cat toys
  • Large Kong@ toys
  • HE laundry soap
  • Paper towels
  • Disposal Gloves, Gowns, Booties
  • Cat scratching posts
  • Cat trees for climbing
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Essential Oils
  • Diffusers
  • Easy Walk Harness’s
  • Clip Lead
  • Martingale Collars
  • Small Radios with Disc player