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Volunteers make a difference! We rely on the hard work, love and commitment of our volunteers in all of our programs. To help, you may:


Read about our wonderful volunteers in this guest column, written as a part of Volunteer Appreciation Week!


Volunteer Positions

  • Kennel Assistants
  • Dog Walkers
  • Cat Socializers
  • Information Guides
  • Outreach
  • Special Events
  • Foster Care
  • Clerical Assistance
  • Speakers Bureau

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Volunteer Age Guidelines

  • Age 16 and older: volunteer with no special supervision
  • Age 13 - 15 : volunteer with parent supervision

Volunteer Hours

Volunteers may come to the Animal Services Center to volunteeer during the following hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 – 6:00
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 – 7:30
  • Saturday: 8:30 – 5:00

Volunteer Orientation

There are two volunteer orientations scheduled each month and each one lasts about 90 minutes. All volunteers are required to attend orientation.  Please pre-register for the orientation of your choice by emailing Sarah Fallin, Program Coordinator or calling 919-942-PETS (7387).

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training is scheduled every month.  All vounteers are required to attend training.  You must pre-register for training at orientation.

Quick Links


Animal Services Facebook pageVisit us on Facebook


Find out what's happening with the Free Roaming Cat Task Force, a subcommittee of the Animal Services Advisory Board.

Find out all you need to know about Rabies in Orange County and beyond on our Rabies Page.

Orange County Giving Fund

Make a secure donation in a number of areas of care by visiting the Community Giving Fund page


mobile web page

We now have a Mobile Page, designed to help you view our site on your mobile device.  Click HERE to use it!

animal cam


Check out our Animal Cam to see animals in our Featured Pet Room 24 hours a day!



Upcoming Events

Back to School Adoption Event

August 2014

For the entire month of August, enjoy adoption specials for all dogs and cats! 

All cats and kittens: $50

All dogs and puppies: $60


Flyleaf Book Reading

September 18, 2014

7-8 p.m.

Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill

Join author Nancy Castaldo as she discusses her children's nonfiction book, 'Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Saved the World.' A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated by Flyleaf to Animal Services and Nancy will have real "sniffer dogs" on site!


Dog Swim!

September 13th

1-4 pm

Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill

Join us at Hargraves Pool for the 10th annual Dog Swim!  Always a ton of fun for dogs, owners and visitors!  $5 donation for people.  Dogs swim free!  Dogs must be current on vaccinations, not in season and on a leash to enter.


2 For 1 Cat Special

April - October

Adopt 2 cats together and get the second for only $50 every year from April through October. Much research shows the advantages of adopting cats in pairs. See the perks yourself by taking advantage of our special today!!