Get Involved...Volunteer!

Please note: Due to concerns about COVID-19, Dakin's Volunteer Program has been temporarily suspended.  Current volunteers are waiting to return to their duties, and we are not recruiting new volunteers at this time, but hope to do so in the months ahead.  Please check back to this page for updated information.  (May 2020)

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

Read the Essential Volunteer Capabilities information.  All volunteers must be at least 16 years or older.  There are still many ways to help even if you are too young to volunteer just yet!

Check out our Volunteer Opportunities.

Other Opportunities

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!


Contact Us

You can reach our volunteer services department by contacting us by email.