All of the pets in our care rely on people just like you to take care of them until they find their forever home. With the help of volunteers, FCAR finds homes for hundreds of pets every year.
Are you interested in making the world better one pet at a time?
Volunteering and helping animals at the shelter is extremely rewarding. It's a win-win situation. The animals win because you have made a difference in their lives and outcome. You win because you are rewarded many times over with their love and affection for being saved, and knowing you have made a difference
After retiring, I knew I wanted to help out at FCAR and volunteer a few hours a week. I soon realized that there is also a great need to foster our furry friends. So for the past 20 months or so, I've fostered 2 sets of kittens with their mothers and several individual cats that just needed some one on one time and lots of loving. These were cats that have been neglected or abandoned or mistreated, and just needed someone to love them and reinstate their confidence in people.
Volunteering with FCAR has definitely been rewarding! There is a variety of fun and important volunteer opportunities for everyone. FCAR staff is very welcoming and spending time with the animals is amazing!
How To Volunteer
The first step is to fill out the volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are required for all volunteer positions and happen monthly on the second Monday of the month. Any volunteer who is 15 yrs old or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The second step is to determine what kind of volunteer you would like to be.
Read to Rescues
Help us keep our animals healthy. These volunteers help clean out kennels, scoop litter boxes, change linens, etc. All volunteers will start in the public areas of the shelter and be able to work towards helping with our dogs.
Are you a people person? These volunteers help out at the front desk when we are open. They answer the phone and greet visitors when they come in. Once you get to know our animals, you can also help people find their new pet.
Event Volunteers help us throughout the year at a variety of opportunities throughout the county. From adoption events to tabling to fundraisers, event volunteers brings FCAR to the community.
It takes a lot to keep our shelter clean and these volunteers are essential. This opportunity is available Sunday and Monday afternoons and helps us get the nooks and crannies.
DUE TO COVID THIS PROGRAM IS PUT ON HOLD: If you are a cat lover this is a job for you! Cat Cuddlers are invited to cuddle cats during our open hours. Cuddlers provide much need human interaction and help to reduce stress in our shelter cats.
DUE TO COVID THIS PROGRAM IS PUT ON HOLD: Designed with our youngest volunteers in mind. Anyone in first through eighth grade is invited to read to our cats Tuesday through Friday after school. For more information email
If you have any questions about volunteering, please send us an email using the form below.
Help make a difference and sign up to volunteer today.
We need FOSTER HOMES! If you have room in your home and time to take care of a litter of kittens or other special needs cats or dogs, please fill out our