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 will need to complete a Volunteer Application.


  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Attend a volunteer orientation
  • Donate at least eight (8) hours each month to the animals for a minimum of 6 months
  • Pay a one-time $30 volunteer program fee to cover the cost of name tags, shirts, printing (volunteer manual, articles about animal welfare), and other program expenses
  • Volunteer on a set schedule of your choosing

Volunteer Orientation

The Volunteer Orientation is required prior to volunteering at Young-Williams Animal Center. At the orientation, volunteers are expected to pay the program fee and provide the Volunteer Coordinator with requests for areas they are most interested in. We will also require a schedule of availability.

Example Duties:

  • Clean Kennels and Cages
  • Greet Visitors
  • Walk and Socialize Dogs
  • Answer Phones
  • Assist with Fundraising and Special Events
  • Assist with Administrative Duties
  • Assist with Educational and Outreach Programs
  • Assist Photographer with Animal Handling
  • Foster Animals (short-term and long-term)

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Fill Out An Application