Volunteering at Burlington Animal Services
- Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
- Must complete orientation session. (Link will be sent after completing forms.)
- Agree to adhere to Burlington Animal Services' policies and procedures.
- Complete application form and liability waiver. Click here to get started!
- Pet Pal—This involves walking, talking to, and playing with adoptable dogs and cats. These animals need exercise and attention. Volunteers can play with them in special areas at BAS and shower them with love and affection. A socialized cat or dog will become someone's pet much faster.
- Dog Obedience Training—Most BAS dogs are eager to learn their manners and would benefit from learning the basics of sit, stay, down, etc. Well-mannered dogs get adopted faster. If volunteers have any experience in obedience training, BAS welcomes them to help train BAS dogs.
- Grooming—Many BAS animals have not been cared for before coming to BAS. Their fur may be dirty, matted or shaggy from seasonal shedding. Their chance for adoption increases greatly if they have been groomed.
- Photography—BAS posts pictures of all adoptable pets on different websites and can always use volunteer help in getting good photographs of animals.
- Special Events—BAS takes animals to special events such as adoption fairs, the Carousel Festival, Christmas parades, etc., and can use extra hands and helpers.
- Rabies/Microchip Clinics—BAS holds several rabies/microchip clinics each year and needs volunteers to fill out the certificates and collect fees. BAS can use volunteers at these clinics who have neat handwriting and good spelling skills.
- Laundry—BAS staff need help washing, drying, and folding linens used for cleaning and in animal kennels.
- Kennel Cleaning Assistance—Keeping animal kennels clean is a 24/7 job, so BAS staff welcome volunteer help in cleaning cat cages and dog kennels.
- Fostering- Check out our foster page for information on how you can become a volunteer foster home for shelter pets. We offer both short term and longer term fostering opportunities.
In order to volunteer at BAS, individuals must complete the application process (described below), complete volunteer orientation, and adhere to BAS policies and procedures.
Application and Liability Waiver forms can be completed online by clicking here.
After completing the volunteer forms, the program manager will send a link to watch the online orientation session and then you will schedule a day/time for your first visit and tour.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Burlington Animal Services is closed to the public on Sundays and most holidays.
Fostering literally saves lives! Did you know pets do much better in a foster home versus in the kennel? Studies have shown how stress hormones drop significantly in dogs when they leave the shelter, even for a few hours. As nice as our wonderful facility at BAS is, we know a real home environment is what is the best for pets. There are so many more reasons why fostering is best for shelter pets and if you are not yet convinced, you can read more about it here. Fosters are needed at BAS year-round to care for pets such as adoptable cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. We also need experienced and skilled fosters to provide care for special needs pets such as seniors, pets recovering from illness or a surgical procedure, fearful or less socialized pets, and nursing moms. Pet food and any necessary medical care are provided for the foster pet at no cost to the foster family. Fosters help promote their foster pet and are there every step of the way in finding their foster pet a permanent home while working with BAS staff and adopters through the adoption process. We also encourage foster families to take their pet out on the town to help get more socialization and exposure to potential adopters. Going on hikes at local trails, grabbing a drink or snack at a local outdoor restaurant or cafe, and heading out to special events and adoption fairs are all great ways to have fun with your foster pet while helping them to get adopted.
Interested in becoming a foster volunteer? Just click here to complete a foster volunteer application. If you see any pets on our website that you have a specific interest in fostering, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We value our foster families and love seeing the incredible positive experiences and outcomes BAS pets have because of our foster volunteers!
Burlington Recreation & Parks, Graham Recreation and Parks, and Burlington Animal Services have teamed up for the Hikes with Hounds program and are searching for volunteers. Volunteers will take a shelter dog for a hike along one of Burlington or Graham's beautiful trails! This volunteer opportunity offers an enrichment activity for some of Burlington Animal Services’ adoptable dogs to get away for a couple of hours to enjoy nature, socializing and exercise. Hikes with Hounds will be offered one Friday each month at a hiking trail location at a Burlington or Graham park, or along the Haw River Trail.
Hikes With Hounds
Volunteers must meet certain requirements including:
For more information or to register, please email Melissa Hoose at email@example.com.Registration Form
WE GRATEFULLY ACCEPT DONATIONS AND USE THEM TO HELP PETS AT OUR FACILITY AND IN THE COMMUNITY!
We gladly accept donations of the following supplies:
Up for a fun adventure with a shelter dog for a few hours or the day? Click here to schedule your Dog Day Out Adventure!
Check out one of our beautiful local parks on your Dog Day Out adventure! They are a great place to take a shelter buddy for a hike. Use the All Trails link below to find trails near you: