Have a little extra time? We need you!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of DCHS and have a hand in nearly every aspect of our operations. We could not do what we do without the time, talents, and love that our volunteers bring with them every time they walk through our doors.

When you join the DCHS Volunteer Team you’ll have the chance to build relationships with other animal lovers and with the cats and dogs that reside at DCHS. Who knows—perhaps you might meet your new best (furry) friend in the process!

Read below to learn about our available volunteer roles and what DCHS needs right now. If you don’t see a role that fits your interest or schedule, contact us anyway! We will try our hardest to design a role that works for you and DCHS!

Adoption Counselor

Be an integral part of keeping the shelter running smoothly by guiding potential adopters through the shelter, introducing them to our cats and dogs and helping them find the best fit for their family, processing adoption applications, answering the phone, and helping with front office tasks as needed. This is a critical role, and you will go home feeling like you have truly helped both the animals and the staff!

Welcome Desk Volunteer

Greet visitors as they arrive and connect them with staff if needed, answer phones, enter completed adoptions in our database and do other data entry, provide support for our front office operations and act as our overall go-to for office tasks.

Special Events

Are you the life of the party? Do you love meeting new people? DCHS puts on a wide variety of events throughout the year that are paramount to our fundraising efforts, and we need help at each one! You can feel great about how you helped us connect with the community and bring in funds to care for the animals.


Combine your love for animals and the outdoors by being on the groundskeeping team! Cut the grass and weedwack in summer, and do a little shoveling in the winter. Our building and grounds are the first thing visitors see when they come to DCHS and you can help us make a great impression.

Dog Walker

Do you wish you could take home ALL the dogs at DCHS? Well, how about doing the next best thing…become their trusted walking companion. What a great way to help our canine friends while they are waiting for a home, and a good way to keep you and the dogs healthy with some daily exercise and fresh air!

Animal Socializer

Come hang out with our cats and dogs and give them the people time they need. You can pet, brush and play with cats in our colonies. The colonies can be very quiet, so read them a book or sing to them! Take caged cats into a visiting room for some much-needed one-on-one attention and time out of their cages. Spend quality time with our dogs in one of our dog visitation rooms. Our cats and dogs are happier and healthier, are adopted faster, and have smoother transitions to their new homes when they are given regular time and attention from loving volunteers.

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