Becoming a Volunteer
The services that volunteers provide are critical to the operation of the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center and there are many ways you can help.
Our number one goal is to place our adoptable animals into responsible homes and to ensure that all of our shelter animals are cared for and comforted as much as possible during their stay with us. We could not provide such outstanding care without the assistance of a dedicated volunteer force. Thank you for wanting to help our animals!
Want to Become a Volunteer?
Step 1: Attend a New Volunteer Orientation/Dog Handling & Safety Presentation.
Thank you for your interest in joining the volunteer team at the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center. This first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a New Volunteer Orientation/ Dog Handling & Safety Presentation (sign up at the link below). Please note that you must be at least 18 years old to volunteer at the shelter.
By signing up to attend an orientation, you are committing to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per month for a minimum of 6 consecutive months here at the shelter. Additional information about our volunteer program can be found here: https://dogs.franklincountyohio.gov/Volunteer/Volunteer-FAQs.
The New Volunteer Orientation will provide an overview of the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center, including the Volunteer Program. We will also discuss the minimum requirements, next steps and expectations of Volunteers. The Dog Handling & Safety Presentation will provide important information on our Volunteer Program and your role within it. This will include volunteer procedures, protocols, and dog handling information.
Sign up for orientation
We are aware of the long wait times to attend an orientation and apologize for the inconvenience. Due to the extremely high demand to join our Volunteer Program, and the length of time it takes to train new Volunteers, there are no waitlists for these orientations. Don’t worry though; your time to join our Volunteer Team will be here before you know it! We thank you for your patience and understanding in the meantime.
If you are interested in a one-time group volunteering opportunity, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.