Volunteers make it possible for Dakin to serve more than 20,000 animals and their people each year. We have over 30 different volunteer opportunities here at Dakin, including weekly, monthly and flexible on-call shifts. Volunteers can work hands-on with our pets, work with people, or choose to help in one of our administrative departments. We have opportunities seven days a week during the open shelter hours.
If you care about animals and people, we may have just the job for you!
Steps to Becoming a Volunteer
Check out our Volunteer Opportunities.
Fill out our application! When we have available shifts, we will email all applicants to see if they are able to fill it. MOST of our volunteering opportunities are at our Springfield location.
We will contact you within 14 days to let you know what the next steps are, this changes all the time based on season and availability. Dakin's volunteer program is highly competitive and the submission of an application does not guarantee placement.
Consider becoming a Foster Home.
Host a donation drive to collect items on our Wish List.
Host a Third-Party Fundraiser.
"Like" us on Facebook and share our posts!
If you're interested in other opportunities to be able to help Dakin, check out other ways to give!
You can reach our volunteer services department by contacting us by email.