Volunteers are a vital source of support for both the animals and staff at Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) and the key to the shelter's success, donating over 20,000 hours of time each year. Volunteers at IACS demonstrate:
The first step to become a volunteer is simply completing the online Volunteer Application.
Once your application has been received, it will be processed and you will receive an email guiding you through the process to sign up for Orientation.
At Orientation, you will learn more about how the shelter operates and the different ways that you can help.
After Orientation, you will go through a training session that will prepare you to start volunteering.
Your last step to becoming a volunteer is being paired with an experienced volunteer during your first volunteer session.
After you have completed each of these steps, you are ready to volunteer on your own!
All volunteers must be at least 12 years of age -- volunteers between the ages of 12 and 15 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times! Volunteers ages 16 and up may be allowed to volunteer without a parent or guardian present if they demonstrate the appropriate maturity and responsibility.
Volunteer are required to complete eight (8) scheduled hours each month.