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Through September, in 2021 Young-Williams Animal Center Volunteers:
Walked 3,408 dogs
Cared for 3,592 cats
Led 240 Doggie Playgroups
Represented YWAC at 39 events
Washed 6,563 loads of laundry
(and more!)

Our volunteers made a difference in the lives of over  9,000 animals and had an economic impact of over $354,697!

Join Us!

The Animal Center needs volunteer help every day. Volunteers are welcome at the main Center on Division Street and at the Village on Bearden Hill, as well as throughout the year at special events. All potential volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application.


  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Attend an orientation class and separate training session
  • Meet the attendance requirement:
    • Volunteer at least six (6) hours each month for your first three (3) months
    • Volunteer at least two (2) hours per month after your first three (3) months
  • Pay a one-time $35 volunteer program fee to cover the cost of your uniform and other program expenses


Example Duties:

  • Walk and socialize dogs
  • Facilitate dog playgroups
  • Provide enrichment activities to cats
  • Help feed and clean the animals
  • Join our Adoption Photography (AKA Petography) team
  • Support the events and fundraising team
  • Take part in educational and outreach programs
  • Assist with administrative duties
  • Help the S/N Solutions team
  • Assist in the vet clinic