Volunteers are a vital source of support for both the animals and staff at Indianapolis Animal Care & Control and the key to the shelter's success, donating almost 20,000 hours of time each year. Volunteers at Indianapolis Animal Care & Control demonstrate:
The first step to become a volunteer is simply completing the online Volunteer Application
Once your application has been received, you may schedule a time to attend an Open House. At the Open House, you will learn more about how the shelter operates and the different ways that you can help. The Open Houses are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. and they usually last approximately an hour and a half. After the Open House, if you are still interested in volunteering, you will be scheduled for an individual training session based on your specific volunteer interests.
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.
Our biggest volunteer need currently is people who can commit to coming once a week (or more) to help walk dogs. It is vital that each dog on our adoption floor get outside at least once a day, and we'd prefer they get out twice or more. With regularly-scheduled volunteers coming in each day, we can ensure that our adoptable dogs get adequate outdoor time. Shifts are typically 3-4 hours, either morning or afternoon, each day a week -- specifically on the weekdays.