For each animal that comes to BrightSide Animal Center, there is an opportunity for animal shelter volunteers to provide socialization, cleaning, grooming, and fostering to help make animals healthy and friendly pets for their permanent new homes.

Volunteers are also needed to work in the thrift store, in our recycling program, and to help out at events.

For more information, please email [email protected] Please fill out the volunteer application below.

Who Can Be an Animal Shelter Volunteer?

Persons age 16 and older may volunteer. Children and teens ages 12—15 may volunteer if accompanied by an adult.


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You can fill out an application at the shelter, 1355 NE Hemlock Ave., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or Click here to fill out the application. Please email it to [email protected] with any questions.


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When your application is received, the volunteer coordinator will contact you with the time and date of the next session. At the orientation you will take a tour of the facility, meet the staff and other volunteers, and sign up for training.


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Each opportunity to volunteer with animals requires some training. A member of the staff or a volunteer mentor will give you instructions and tips on how to do the jobs you have chosen. It’s important that you find a job that fits your skills and interests.

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