Volunteer Programs

  1. Volunteer
  2. Foster
  3. Hikes With Hounds
  4. Donate
  5. Dog Day Out Program

Volunteering at Burlington Animal Services

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 Burlington Animal Services with the public.


  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Must complete orientation session. (Link will be sent after completing forms.)
  • Agree to adhere to Burlington Animal Services' policies and procedures.
  • Complete application form and liability waiver.  Click here to get started!


  • 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. 
  • Rabies/Microchip ClinicsBAS holds several rabies/microchip clinics each year and needs volunteers to fill out the certificates and collect fees. BAS can use volunteers at these clinics who have neat handwriting and good spelling skills.
  • 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.

In order to volunteer at BAS, individuals must complete the application process (described below), complete volunteer orientation, and adhere to BAS policies and procedures.


Application and Liability Waiver forms can be completed online by clicking here.


After completing the volunteer forms, the program manager will send a link to watch the online orientation session and then you will schedule a day/time for your first visit and tour.


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.