We could not carry out our mission without our loyal volunteers! We rely on our volunteers every day to keep our dogs and cats healthy and safe!  Join us!

What can YOU do to help out at Five Acres Animal Shelter?

  • Walk dogs and socialize with cats
  • Clean kennels and play yards, help with laundry and/or dishes
  • Escort dogs and cats to Vet Runs
  • Assist as a Canine Adoption Counselor or Kitty Cottage Concierge
  • Become a Foster Family
  • Participate in Mobile Outreach Events and Special Events
  • Assist with Youth Outreach, including: Girl Scout troop tours and pet safety/responsible pet ownership education, be a leader for School Service Groups to complete service hours, or become a Books with Bingo volunteer to sit with children and dogs or cats during reading sessions
  • Become a Group Leader for Corporate/Student Service Groups as they come to Five Acres to complete Days of Giving
  • Become part of our Shelter Buddy, Kitty Buddy Program, or Adventure Team to take dogs off the Five Acres property to give them some fresh air and get them out of shelter living for a short time
  • Help with Administrative tasks and data entry
  • Photography Assistant to help get photos taken of our dogs and cats for our website and Facebook
  • Volunteer with our AniMeals Food Pantry program
  • Become a Gift Shop and Front Desk Reception Assistant
  • Help with maintenance mowing and landscaping
  • The opportunities are endless!

Your Volunteer Information Center

**We are currently not accepting new General Volunteers, Community Service, Jr. Volunteer Youth Outreach, or Service Group applications for a short time while we work to improve our Volunteer Management Software. 

Please check back in with us to complete an application in the next few weeks.  We are confident that our new system will serve our volunteers with greater ease and simplicity and serve as a great pace car for our entire Volunteer Program here at Five Acres Animal Shelter!  Thank you for your patience and we hope to hear from you soon!!**


General Volunteer

Volunteer Application

  • Please complete the Volunteer Application if you would like to volunteer your time to help pets in need!  Please be sure to read through the information about our Volunteer Program.  Once you submit your application, you will receive an email with more information with dates and times for upcoming Orientations.

Foster Family

Foster Application

  • Please complete the Foster Application if you would like to open your home and heart to pets as they prepare for adoption!  Please be sure to read through the information about our Foster program, including the list of FAQs!

Court Ordered Community Service

Community Service Application

  • Please visit the Community Service Information and Application page to learn about our Community Service program and if you are eligible to complete hours at Five Acres.  Once you submit your application, we will be in touch with upcoming dates/times of Orientation specifically for you!

Jr. Volunteer Youth Outreach Program

Junior Volunteer Application

Please visit the Jr. Volunteer Youth Outreach page for more information about:

  • Girl Scout/Boy Scout/American Heritage troop tour and education visit
  • Birthday parties to celebrate your child who have a special love for dogs and cats
  • NEW for children ages 6-12, our reading program called Books with Bingo!

Service Group

Service Group Application

  • If you are a business/corporate group, or a student service group interested in coming to Five Acres Animal Shelter as a part of your Day of Service or school project, please visit Service Group Outreach for more information!