Be A Shelter Volunteer!

Let us count the ways you can be a shelter-helper!
Join our team of volunteers! There are many ways to help the animals at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Call the Shelter at 336-641-3400 or use our online contact form to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
To view/download the Volunteer Application and Code of Ethics click here.

Running Start

As a volunteer at GCAS you can make a direct impact on the lives of Shelter animals right here in Guilford County, and help them increase their chances of finding a loving Forever Home, by participating in the Running Start program!

After 20 hours of volunteer service, you can come in and take one of our high-energy dogs for a walk/jog/run in the morning, starting as early as 10:30 am!

All you need to do (after completing 20 volunteer hours) is fill out the Running Start contract, turn it into Nancy Fauser, Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator, pick out a dog, and be on your way.

Adoption Events

Volunteers are needed to help with adoption events throughout the year; most take place on Saturdays. We are looking for adoption event leaders who can pick up the animals in the morning, transport them to the event, and process adoption applications at the event. We are also looking for volunteers who can meet the leader at the event site, hold animals during the event, help give customers information about the animals, and solicit donations.

Community Events

The Guilford County Animal Shelter needs volunteers who can help with our numerous and varied events. Some of those events are: pet education programs at schools and libraries, visits to senior residential and assisted living centers, and fundraisers, to name a few. If you are interested in helping with off-site events, we would love to have your help!

If you have any questions about any of these opportunities, please call Nancy Fauser at 336-641-3404, or email at