Volunteering is rewarding & fun at BAS!  

Volunteer Program

Burlington Animal Services welcomes volunteers who are 16 years of age and older (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) at our Pet Adoption & Resource Center who have a sincere interest in helping animals. Volunteers are an integral extension of our staff and we appreciate your time and willingness to help! 


Step 1:  Complete the Volunteer Application and Liability Waiver.

Step 2: After you've submitted the application forms, our Program Manager will email you the virtual volunteer orientation session link. Once you've viewed the video,  you will email our Program Manager to schedule a day/time for your first visit and tour of the facility (about 20-30 minutes). 


 Pet PalThis involves walking, talking to, and playing with adoptable dogs and cats. These animals need exercise and attention. Volunteers can play with them in special areas at BAS and shower them with love and affection. A socialized cat or dog will become someone's pet much faster.

Dog Obedience TrainingMost BAS 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 volunteers have any experience in obedience training, BAS welcomes them to help train BAS dogs.

GroomingMany BAS animals have not been cared for before coming to BAS. Their fur may be dirty, matted or shaggy from seasonal shedding. Their chance for adoption increases greatly if they have been groomed.

PhotographyBAS posts pictures of all adoptable pets on different websites and can always use volunteer help in getting good photographs of animals.  

Special EventsBAS takes animals to special events such as adoption fairs, the Carousel Festival, Christmas parades, etc., and can use extra hands and helpers. 

LaundryBAS staff need help washing, drying, and folding linens used for cleaning and in animal kennels.

Kennel Cleaning AssistanceKeeping animal kennels clean is a 24/7 job, so BAS staff welcome volunteer help in cleaning cat cages and dog kennels.

Fostering- Check out our foster page for information on how you can become a volunteer foster home for shelter pets. We offer both short term and longer term fostering opportunities.


Volunteer's use a virtual scheduler to sign up for available times they want to volunteer. Regular volunteer hours are 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.

Mandated Community Service

We are happy to offer opportunities for individuals in our community who are in need of completing compulsory community service through court mandates, attorney recommendations, or other professional referral sources. Community Service volunteering at Burlington Animal Services is different from regular volunteering with us. Through Community Service, you will be assisting our Animal Care Staff with necessary jobs that help keep our shelter clean and running smoothly. To get started, simply complete the form here

Hikes With Hounds Program

 Burlington Animal Services has partnered with both Burlington and Graham's Recreation & Parks departments to provide Hikes with Hounds. Hikes with Hounds matches trained volunteers with shelter dogs during a group hike on local trails in Alamance County. Hikes are offered one Friday a month at 10 am. This volunteer opportunity offers adoptable dogs at Burlington Animal Services an enrichment activity that allows them to enjoy nature, socialize with people, and exercise - and it does the same for volunteers! The Hikes with Hounds program began in the spring of 2015, receiving the 2016 North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association’s Innovative Program Award.

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  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to hike up to 3 miles at a moderate pace on uneven and natural surface terrain
  • Complete the online Hikes with Hound Program Registration and Waiver
  • Complete a one-time Burlington Animal Services Volunteer Orientation Training prior to participating on a hike, now offered virtually, before becoming a trail dog walker.
  • Submit a copy of your ID prior to the first hike
  • Review Volunteer Procedures for Hikes

Volunteers who have completed the Program Registration and Waiver, Volunteer Orientation Training, and provided a copy of ID will be placed on the email list to be notified of upcoming hikes. 

For more information, please email the Hikes with Hounds coordinator.

Dog Day Out Adventure Program

Up for a fun adventure with a shelter dog for a few hours, or the day? Click here to schedule your Dog Day Out Adventure!

You do not need to  fill out a volunteer application or complete volunteer training  in order to participate in the Dog Day Out Program! Simply use the scheduler to pick a time, come take a dog out for the day and have fun! 

 Check out one of our beautiful local parks on your Dog Day Out adventure! They are a great place to take a shelter buddy for a hike. Use the All Trails link below to find trails near you:

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