Get Involved

We are always in need of volunteers!

We’re always in need of volunteers :  )!

Volunteers working in the shelter or with animals need to be over the age of 18. If you’re not quite there yet, visit our Under 18 page to see how you can help!

Volunteers commit to a two hour shift once a week 8-10 am or 3-5 pm. Right now we are most in need of cat volunteers for morning and afternoon shifts : )

Click here to fill out and submit the volunteer application online. If you’d rather print out the application and fill it in by hand, you can download a copy here.  You can fax your completed application to us at (781) 544-4535, mail it to the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy., Scituate, MA. 02066 or scan and email it to info@scituateanimalshetler.org.

Dog Care

Assist with caring for, exercising and socializing our resident dogs.  Walk our resident dogs on our trails and socialize them by playing with them, training or grooming them!  Other duties include cleaning kennels, doing laundry, washing dishes, and scooping poop. 

Cat Care

Assist with caring for a socializing our resident cats.  Duties include feeding, cleaning cages, changing litter boxes, doing laundry, washing dishes, sweeping and mopping.  Socialize with resident cats by grooming, petting, loving and talking to them.

Resource Desk Representative/Adoption Counselor

Resource Desk Representatives provide general Shelter information and tours to the public.  Adoption Counselors also provide information and give tours, but in addition, they assist with introducing potential adopters to our animals, take calls from the public about available animals, interview potential adopters and assist with applications.  Both positions help with copying, paperwork, filing and other administrative tasks as needed.

 Board of Directors

Many of the major decisions affecting the Shelter are made by our Board of Directors. The Board members are involved in overseeing the Shelter’s finances, staff, operations, major fundraisers and more.  If you are interested in becoming a member of our Board, please email board@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference Board Membership for more information and an application.

Board Committees

The Board has formed several committees to help manage various aspects of Shelter operations and fundraising.  You do not need to be a member of the Board to participate on a Committee.

Communications and Marketing Committee
Help our communications and marketing team with the writing, proofing and publication of our newsletters,  appeal letters, e-news blasts and press releases to promote our adoptable animals and advertise the Shelter and upcoming fundraisers.  For more information, email marketing@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference the Communications and Marketing Committee.

Fundraising Committee
Maintain contact with the Shelter’s supporters, cultivate new prospects, and help plan, execute as staff large events to generate support for and raise public awareness of the Shelter.  For more information, email fundraising@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference the Fundraising Committee. 

Community and Public Relations Committee
Help organize and staff small events and community meet and greets and work on community outreach programs in local schools, nursing homes and assisted living communities.  For more information, email fundraising@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference the Community and Public Relations Committee. 

Finance and Audit Committee
This committee oversees the Shelter’s investments and finances and is responsible for developing a strategic plan.  For more information, email treasurer@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference the Finance and Audit Committee.

Human Resources and Nominating Committee.
This committee helps oversee Shelter staff as well as recruiting new Board members. For more information, email board@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference the HR and Nominating Committee.

Humane Education

Help educate the public about the Shelter and our mission. Make presentations at local schools and civic organizations. Join Staff and other Volunteers at local fairs and events and speak with the public about the Shelter.  For more information, email info@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference Human Education Volunteer. 

Landscaping/Building Maintenance

Work with the Facilities Manager on projects that enhance and maintain the Shelter both inside and outside.  For more information, email info@scituateanimalshelter.org and reference Landscaping Volunteer.