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Volunteer Program

Orange County Animal Services is always welcoming new team members to its booming volunteer program! The program is best suited to individuals who enjoy interacting with both people and pets.

Volunteers are key in uniting homeless shelter pets with loving families, which is both exciting and rewarding.

There is a volunteer role for every person as there is always life-saving work to be accomplished. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Showing available dogs and cats to prospective adopters
  • Photographing shelter pets
  • Greeting visitors in the front lobby
  • Bathing shelter pets
  • Assisting clinic and kennel staff
  • Attending events to represent the shelter

Due to the need for well-trained and motivated volunteers, Animal Services requires interested people make a commitment to volunteer at least six hours per month for a minimum of six months.

Court-Ordered Community Service

Court ordered community service is available for individuals age 18 and up. This is a separate program and not considered volunteering. Walk-ins are not accepted.

Please email to make an appointment. You must provide documentation with your charges, hours needed, P.O. information and show picture ID to register. There is no animal handling while completing court ordered hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteers ages 16 and 17 can join the team as “Junior Volunteers” and require the signed consent of a parent or guardian to begin. Adults ages 18 and older are always welcome.
Once orientation and training have been completed, new volunteers can sign up for shifts online via Volgistics. Training does not count toward volunteer hours. Shelter and volunteer hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. through 5 p.m.
The shelter does offer one day events for groups interested in volunteering together. These opportunities are geared toward community involvement rather than animal handling. Groups interested are encouraged to reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at to learn more.
Individuals under the age of 16, in need of volunteer or community service hours can complete a shelter project. People ages 15 and younger can complete a shelter project with a parent and signed waiver. Shelter projects include:
  • Adoption Awareness – Holding pre-made adoption signs in front of the shelter to drive traffic to the shelter.
  • Donation Drive – Host a donation drive to gather supplies for the shelter and its pets. Hours dedicated to drive will need to be documented.
  • Email the Volunteer Coordinator at to learn more about these shelter projects.
Students pursuing community service hours are required to commit to a minimum of six hours per month for at least three months. To get started, click the volunteer Application button.


A round of A-PAWS for our volunteer Rachel!

Rachel started volunteering with OCAS & Pawstive Shelter Photography in March 2019. The dogs seem to gravitate to her and they seem to know they can find a safe place in her arms!

She has a way with the fearful dogs, and can work her magic on getting them to relax in her lap.

Other volunteers and our staff have stated that she is always helpful and will assist with whatever is needed to get the job done.

A big THANK YOU to Rachel for all that she does for our shelter pets!

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