Individuals that have gone through our New Volunteer Orientation and Training Process and have officially joined our Volunteer Program are eligible to participate in the volunteering opportunities outlined below.
If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Program, check out our Volunteer FAQs page, (https://dogs.franklincountyohio.gov/Volunteer/Volunteer-FAQs), and our Becoming a Volunteer page, (https://dogs.franklincountyohio.gov/Volunteer/Become-a-Volunteer), for more information.
Volunteers provide exercise, enrichment, and socialization opportunities to the dogs in our care by taking them out on a walk. Volunteers also work on basic obedience and leash manners with the dogs. This is both to provide mental stimulation and enrichment and help them find their forever home!
We are very fortunate to have almost 3 acres of enclosed outdoor space where Volunteers can walk dogs early in the day before the shelter opens, throughout the day and early evening hours. Our dedicated Volunteers are at the shelter every single day of the year (including all federal holidays) regardless of the weather walking the dogs of the shelter.
Beyond dog walking
There are more opportunities for volunteers than ever before to provide exercise, enrichment, and socialization for the dogs in the shelter's care. These opportunities include:
DPFL Playgroup Runner
We have a daily 3-hour playgroup where the dogs can play, interact, and socialize with each other. Volunteers assist by running the dogs to and from this playgroup.
Volunteers can pair up and help us keep the dogs at the shelter nice and clean!
If you have professional dog grooming experience, you can volunteer at the shelter and help us groom the dogs that need it!
Dog Training Class
Anyone who has adopted a dog from the Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center is eligible to participate in our free Basic Obedience Dog Training Class on Monday evenings. This class was formed by Volunteers and is completely Volunteer-run.
Once or twice a month (depending on weather) Volunteers take dogs to go on a “pack” hike to various dog-friendly metro parks. This provides a nice long break from the shelter for the dog as well as extra exercise and enrichment in novel environments.
Field Trips & Overnights
Volunteers are able to take dogs out of the shelter for either a short “Field Trip” or for an “Overnight” stay at their house. This provides much needed respite from the shelter for the dogs, provides additional exercise, enrichment, and socialization opportunities in novel environments, and also helps us learn about the dog’s behavior outside of the shelter.
If you have looked at our website, you have seen the amazing pictures that our staff take of the dogs! Volunteers help with this process by running the dogs to and from their photo shoot.
New Volunteer Trainer
If you have a teaching and/or training background, or you simply enjoy teaching and mentoring others, then we need your help to train our incoming Volunteers!
Volunteers provide additional exercise opportunities by taking our dogs out on runs.
Shy Dog Program
Some dogs are very fearful, anxious, or stressed during their stay at the shelter. A group of specially trained Volunteers spend a lot of time with these dogs to comfort them and help them come out of their shell and be more confident and comfortable around humans.
Did you know that in 2019, more than 1,100 community members came to the shelter for a one-time volunteer event!? These individuals help make enrichment items for the dogs, help with cleaning, and sometimes event walk dogs. These events are run by staff and Volunteers to make sure they are productive and run smoothly and safely.
Off-Site Community Events
Our Community Relations Team schedules lots of community events, where we take dogs out into the community to promote dog adoptions and volunteering at the shelter. Volunteers assist with these events by handling dogs and talking to the public about the shelter.
One-time volunteer opportunities
The Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center partners with Besa to provide one-time volunteer opportunities to the community. Check out their website at www.givebesa.org
for more information.
Group Volunteer opportunities
If you would like more information on scheduling a one-time group volunteering event, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:
Phone: (614) 525-7282