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                                          Hikes With Hounds

Burlington Recreation & Parks and Burlington Animal Services are teaming up for the Hikes with Hounds program and are currently searching for volunteers.  Volunteers will take a shelter dog for a hike along one of Burlington’s beautiful trails!  This new volunteer opportunity will offer 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 park or along the Haw River Trail.

 Volunteers must meet certain requirements including:Hikes with Hounds

• Must be 18 years of age or older

• Must be able to hike up to 4 miles at a moderate pace or on an uneven     terrain

• Must attend volunteer orientation training before becoming a trail dog walker

• Registration form with Waiver and copy of ID must be submitted in advance

For more information or to register, please call (336) 229-3150. 

Registration Form
Volunteer Procedures


Burlington Animal Services welcomes volunteers who have a sincere interest in our animals. Volunteers are an integral extension of our staff and we appreciate your time and willingness to help. To be an effective volunteer there must be a sincere interest in the work to be done, acceptance of supervision, adherence to our policies and a prudent use of common sense when working with the animals. We ask volunteers to be professional and courteous at all times, and to maintain the dignity and credibility of the shelter and Pet Adoption Center with the public. 
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Volunteer Requirements
  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Must complete orientation session (see below for schedule and information). 
  • Agree to adhere to Burlington Animal Services' policies and procedures.
  • Complete application and liability waiver. A background check is required for age 18 or older. Persons with a felony will not be permitted to volunteer. Click on the links below for volunteer forms.

Volunteer Opportunities

Pet Pal
- This involves walking, talking to, and playing with our adoptable dogs and cats. They need exercise and attention! Play with them in special areas of our facility and shower them with love and affection. A socialized cat or dog will become someone's pet faster.

Dog Obedience Training - Most of our adoptable 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 you have any experience in obedience training, we would welcome your help.

Grooming - Many of our animals have not been cared for before coming to our facility. Their fur may be dirty, matted or shaggy from seasonal shedding. Their chance for adoption increases greatly if they have been groomed.

Photography - We post pictures of all our adoptable pets on different websites, but sometimes we get behind in taking pictures. If you are good with a camera and can snap pictures of wiggly dogs and cats, we can use your help.

Special Events - Occasionally, we do special events such as adoption fairs, the Carousel Festival, Christmas parades, etc., and can use extra hands and helpers.

Rabies/Microchip Clinics - We hold several rabies/microchip clinics each year and need volunteers to fill out the certificates and collect the fee. If you have neat handwriting and good spelling skills, we can use your help!

Volunteer Forms
A completed application and liability waiver are required for all volunteers. Volunteers age 18 and older are required to complete a background check form as well.

Complete and sign the forms. Either mail to Outreach Coordinator, Burlington Animal Services, 221 Stone Quarry Rd., Haw River, NC 27258; email to ; or bring them to the orientation session.

Volunteer Orientation
The volunteer orientation session will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the Pet Adoption Center. The session will last approximately 1 hour. Please pre-register for orientation by emailing Laura Michel at  or calling 336-578-0343. If it is impossible for you to attend at this time, please contact Laura. During the school year, high school students will be accommodated on teacher workdays. 

Volunteer Hours
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.