Marion County's Dog Services Volunteer Program
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only accepting applications for new DOG WALKERS at this time. The Foster Program is still looking for foster parents and is accepting applications.
Stay tuned! Please check back for future volunteer opportunities. We will update our website as soon as we're able to accept volunteer applications again.
Did you know you can still help during the COVID-19 restrictions?
A group of youngsters who want to help the shelter's dogs can still do so! We encourage children ages 12-17 years old to participate off-site wih and organized group or with their family. Download the Youth Group Projects document for project ideas.
Dog Walker Volunteer Application
Promoting Behavioral Health
"New Dog" play groups are one of the most beneficial tools for developing good behavior; more effective than walking, play groups provide exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization, offering interaction with their fellow canine buddies.
*Roles may include: behavior assistant, in-home fostering dog walkers, play groups, Kennel buddies, dog transporters
Providing Medical Care/Rehabilitation
Sadly, many of the dogs at MCDS come to us with medical issues. We are able to successfully treat many of their health concerns, however, in addition to cash donations; their care often requires invaluable volunteer hours.
*Roles: in-home fostering, medical data entry specialist, internship
Learn more about the Foster Program
Maintaining the Shelter Environment
Medical protocols and vaccines can only go so far. Providing clean kennels, laundry, and dishes are vital to the prevention and spread of disease in a 'herd' health environment.
*Roles may include: kennel assistant, kitchen and laundry assistant, work crew leader
Supporting the Administration/Adoption Process
Let your organizational abilities shine through and join our administrative team. Administrative assistants help with computer tasks, office support, and filing. Get that warm, fuzzy feeling knowing that you’re helping homeless animals find new homes as an adoption ambassador, or connect with the public during off-site or on-site outreach events.
*Roles may include: adoption ambassador, administrative assistant, outreach and education assistant
*Please check with the Program Specialist for the current list of open volunteer roles and descriptions.
Note: Submitting an application and attending orientation is just the fist step in placement. Completing these steps does not guarantee placement. Further screening and training may be required.
It doesn't matter how you give, it only matters that you do! Your gift helps Marion County Dog Services provide a safe haven for dogs, right here, in our community. With your support, every dog can have a bright and loving future!