Volunteering is rewarding & fun at BAS!  

Volunteer Program

 Burlington Animal Services welcomes volunteers 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!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 Animal Services with the public.


  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Must complete onboarding process: complete application and liability waiver; watch brief orientation video (link will be sent via email); and, visit Animal Services for an initial tour with the program manager (must take place during business hours, Monday-Friday). 
  • Agree to adhere to Burlington Animal Services' policies and procedures.
  • Complete application form and liability waiver.  Click here to get started!
  • NOTE: Community service hours (court ordered or lawyer recommended) are not done through the volunteer program and must be scheduled by emailing the program manager at animalservices@burlingtonnc.gov


Step 1:  Complete the Volunteer Application and Liability Waiver.

Step 2: After you've submitted the application forms, the program manager will email you the orientation session link. Then you will schedule a day/time for your first initial visit and tour of the facility. This first visit must take place during business hours, Monday-Friday, and will take 20 to 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 ourfoster 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.

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.

Become a Hikes with Hound Volunteer:Hikes with Hounds Logo

  • 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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