Volunteer with us

Our most important resource: you

Volunteers are essential to us. They care for our cats, dogs and small animals, help to match homeless pets with new families, and aid in fundraising efforts.  

Current volunteer positions for adults include the following.  For more information on each, please scroll down. Note: f you are under 18, please click the link at the bottom of the page for more information.

Adoption Counselor/Customer Service  Volunteer (many positions  available)

Dog Care Volunteer (some positions available)

Cat Care Volunteer (many positions available).

Fostering:  (households needed) 

Fundraising Committee Volunteer (positions available)

Marketing & Communications Committee Volunteer (graphic designer needed)


Because training shelter volunteers has a financial cost, we ask for a suggested (non-refundable) donation of $15  when you fill out a volunteer application. This covers the cost of training  and materials as well as a volunteer t-shirt. 

Note, this fee is NOT needed for foster volunteers, or Fundraising or Marketing Committee volunteers.  

However, this fee is a suggestion and not a requirement. If you wish to pay less or cannot afford any donation, we understand completely.

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Volunteer Positions

Adoption Counselor

Duties: These volunteers provide general  information and tours to the public. Adoption Counselors  assist with introducing potential adopters to  animals, answer calls about available animals, interview potential adopters and assist with applications. Both positions help with copying, paperwork, filing and administrative tasks as needed.  The ideal candidate for this role is someone who enjoys meeting new people and has a friendly and positive attitude. 

Hours: Volunteers must commit to  a two and a half hour shift once a week during open hours.  Extensive training sessions are required.

Interested? Click on 'next steps' above.

Cat Care Volunteer

Duties: Cat Care Volunteers assist with caring for and socializing our resident cats. A typical shift would include cleaning chores (changing litter boxes, doing laundry, washing dishes, sweeping and mopping) as well as socialization with the cats, such as grooming them, petting them, playing with them  and giving them one on one attention.   Cat care volunteers also help care for our resident feral cats.

Training generally takes two sessions of shadowing one of our experienced volunteers.

Hours: Cat Care volunteers must commit to a two hour shift once a week at either 8-10 am or 3-5 pm.

Interested? Click on 'next steps' above.

Dog Care Volunteer

Duties:  Volunteers assist with caring for, exercising, and socializing our resident dogs.  A typical shift includes  cleaning  kennels and outdoor runs, walking  dogs on nearby trails,  going on car rides or for field trips to local parks and beaches,  carrying out prescribed training protocols, and grooming. Training takes approximately three sessions, after which you  'shadow' existing volunteers prior to being assigned a weekly shift.  Volunteers are categorized according to experience and comfort level and if desired can progress to higher levels and more 'difficult' dogs.

Hours: Volunteers commit to a 2 hour shift weekly: from 8-10 am or  3-5 pm. 

Interested? Click on 'next steps' above.

Foster Volunteers & Families

Foster families take animals into their homes, helping to socialize our moms and kittens or puppies, and provide care on a temporary basis for the dogs and cats whose health or emotional issues make shelter life too difficult.  

They also enable us to help more animals, by allowing us to take in pets even if the shelter space is full.   It's incredibly rewarding and fun!   We cover the costs of veterinary care and provide training and support.

Interested? Email info@ScituateAnimalShelter.org

Fundraising Committee Volunteer

The Fundraising Committee carries out all of our  fundraising activities.  Volunteers help devise, plan and staff fundraisers, parties and community events.  They interact with local businesses  soliciting donations or goods and services,  and man tables at parties and events.

Hours:  The Committee meets approximately once per month during the evenings.  Fundraising events take place throughout the year, often on weekends.

Interested? Email MaryannRegan@ScituateAnimalShelter.org

Marketing & Communications

Our Marketing & Communications Committee is responsible for the creation of PR products and materials.  Ideal members of the committee will have backgrounds in various areas of communications, such as journalism, graphic design, editing, proofreading, advertising and photography.

Hours: The committee meets monthly.  Most additional work is done on the members' own time. 

Interested? Email Marketing@ScituateAnimalShelter.org

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