Becoming a Volunteer
All new volunteer orientations and trainings have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice. The dogs in our care are still being cared for by our current volunteers. Thank you for being understanding during this time!
Thank you for your interest in joining the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center’s Volunteer Program! In 2019, Volunteers spent more than 34,000 hours supporting the shelter and the dogs in our care! The shelter is so proud and thankful for all the hard work our volunteers put in.
We recommend that you review the information found on our Volunteer Opportunities page (https://dogs.franklincountyohio.gov/Volunteer/Volunteer-Opportunities) and Volunteer FAQ page (https://dogs.franklincountyohio.gov/Volunteer/Volunteer-FAQs) to make sure that our Volunteer Program is a good fit for you and your schedule.
Joining Our Volunteer Program – Step 1
The first step to joining our Volunteer Program is to attend a New Volunteer Orientation/ Dog Handling & Safety Presentation. In order to attend, you must sign up ahead of time. Refer to the table below regarding information on orientation dates/times and when you can sign up.
The New Volunteer Orientation will provide an overview of the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center, including the Volunteer Program. During this time, we will discuss the requirements to become a volunteer and the shelter’s expectations of volunteers. The Dog Handling & Safety Presentation will provide important information on our Volunteer Program and your role within it, including volunteer procedures, protocols, and dog handling information.
Please note that availability to attend our orientations is on a “first come first served” basis. Space is limited, so please only sign up if you are very sure you will be able to attend. If an orientation is completely full, we are not able to add you to a waitlist. Please be aware that the dates/times below are subject to change at any time.
|Orientation/ Dog Handling & Safety Presentation
||Link to Orientation/ Dog Handling & Safety Presentation Sign Up
|Saturday, 01/04/20, 10:00am – 1:00pm
||This orientation date has passed
|Saturday, 03/07/20, 10:00am – 1:00pm
||This orientation is currently overbooked
|Saturday, 05/02/20, 10:00am – 1:00pm
||Click Here to Sign Up!
|Saturday, 7/11/20, 10:00am – 1:00pm
||The link to this sign-up will go live on 05/11/20
|Saturday, 9/05/20, 10:00am – 1:00pm
||The link to this sign-up will go live on 07/06/20
|Saturday, 11/14/20, 10:00am – 1:00pm
||The link to this sign-up will go live on 9/14/20
Joining Our Volunteer Program – Step 2
After you attend a New Volunteer Orientation/ Dog Handling & Safety Presentation, you will then schedule your hands-on One-on-One Training. During this training you will be paired up with one of our Volunteer Trainers to learn how to safely handle the dogs here at the shelter.
Joining Our Volunteer Program – Step 3
After you complete your One-on-One Training, the third step to joining our Volunteer Program is to complete the Fear Free Shelter Training. This is a free web-based training that includes several modules and quizzes. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion once you finish this training. We are very proud to say that all of our Volunteers are Fear Free certified!