Volunteer FAQ

Q: How old do I have to be to volunteer?
A: The minimum age to volunteer is 10. A trained, qualified adult must accompany volunteers between the ages of 10 and 14. Volunteers 15 and over must demonstrate the ability to work unsupervised after training.

Q: How do I become a volunteer?

The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a general orientation session. You will learn about FCAC’s policies, procedures, volunteer opportunities and take a tour of our facilities. Other training may be necessary and will be offered on a 1-on-1 basis.

Q: Will I be able to work directly with the animals?

A: You will need training for many animal-handling duties. References from a dog training school, veterinarian, stable manager, or other professional will be considered in lieu of training. As a volunteer trained to handle animals, you will responsible for the safety of the public and the animals at all times.

Q: When can I volunteer?

A: Once you have completed orientation, you are able to volunteer whenever you have spare time and the shelter is open. The shelter is open to volunteer the following days and hours:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday - 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday - By special arrangement