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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.

Please note: All current in-person volunteer opportunities are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19 until further notice.

At this time, the Animal Shelter is now only accepting volunteer applications for the Foster Care program. Please see program information and how to apply below.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Dog Walker: 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 the unusual atmosphere. The shelter can be a noisy and stressful place for dogs who have been lost or given up by their owners. Interaction with people is their best therapy.

Cat Cuddler: Cat Cuddlers hold, pet, interact and brush the shelter’s felines. This allows the cats to relax in the shelter where there may be a number of 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 a potential adopter.

Wish List Volunteer: To care for the animals served by the Forsyth County Animal Shelter, the shelter needs many supplies. Please consider holding a “drive” for the shelter to promote our wish list.  This could even be done at home through social media!

Foster Care Volunteer: The Forsyth County Animal shelter places special needs animals into warm nurturing environments that can provide consistent care. Volunteers are needed for not quite adoptable (too young, too old, or unsocialized) animals in foster homes until they can be placed for adoption.  Foster care volunteers must be 18 years old and a home check is required. 

Event Help: 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 (such as item sales). Our Special Events Volunteers must have the ability to meet deadlines and be flexible with job assignments.

Photographer: Volunteers are needed to take pictures and shoot videos of our adoptable animals on a weekly basis for the adoption section of our Web site.

Groomer: Volunteers groom shelter dogs to create quality bonding time between themselves and the dogs, thus increasing a dog's adoptability. Dogs often come to the shelter matted and dirty. The special attention from a grooming volunteer enables the dog’s true personality to shine through and increases their chance of being adopted.


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 8 hours per month for at least 6 months.

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:

Kathy Gaglio


Contact Information

 Address: 4065 County Way
Cumming, GA 30028
 Phone: 678-965-7185
 Fax: 770-889-8108
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Forsyth County Animal Shelter is to provide responsive, efficient and high quality animal care and control services, to preserve and protect animal and public safety, and to maximize the placement of adoptable animals.