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How to Volunteer

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at the Jeffersonville Animal Shelter. Volunteers are a huge help to the staff and animals at the shelter. They perform tasks such as washing dishes, walking dogs, socializing cats, helping at events, and cleaning. To ensure there are enough activities for volunteers and to make sure the shelter is getting the help we need all volunteers will be scheduled.

Cat Cleaners

Jeffersonville Animal Shelter takes in between 1500-2000 cats and kittens every year. That is a lot of cleaning and we need your help! Taking care of cats and kittens is a huge help to the staff and animals and is very rewarding work. With less time spent cleaning, our staff and volunteers can focus on giving extra care to those who need it and enrich the lives of all the cats and dogs at the shelter. Training for cleaning cat kennels will be provided. 

Dog Cleaners 

If you're not interested in litter boxes but still want to help us clean, our shelter has 50 dog kennels that are cleaned every day. Training for cleaning dog kennels will be provided. 

Dog Walkers

We need dog walkers throughout the week! Getting our dogs outside every day is so important to help get some energy out and keep their spirits up while they are looking for their forever home. Click the month below for dates to get started!





Everyone must fill out a volunteer waiver before volunteering. For a volunteer waiver to fill out in advance click here.

Doggy Day Out

Take a dog on an adventure with our Doggy Day Out program. This allows for dogs to get out of the shelter to get more exposure to adopters and have some fun! Volunteers must be 18 years old and schedule a day and time to take a dog off shelter property. To fill out a waiver in advance click here and for our Doggy Day Out Manual click here. To sign up or submit a waiver please email


Frequently Asked Questions

How old do you have to be to volunteer?

There is not an age requirement to volunteer. Anyone under the age of 16 years old must have a parent/guardian with them at all times. Anyone under the age of 18 years old must have a parent/guardian sign a volunteer form for them.


What times do you take volunteers?

Volunteers are accepted during normal business hours.  Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 11am-5:30pm and Saturday 11am-3pm. To ensure the shelter is getting the help it needs we schedule all volunteers. Any volunteering when the shelter is closed must be approved. All large groups must be approved.


What can I do to help?

Walking Dogs, socializing cats, washing dishes, cleaning cages, and folding laundry are day to day tasks that we need help with. Volunteers can also take adoptable cats and dogs to adoption events in the evenings and on weekends.


What do I need to do to start volunteering?

To begin volunteering, you will need to fill out a volunteer waiver. These can be turned in at the shelter, faxed, or emailed to Kristie, the Operations Coordinator at After your waiver is turned in,  you can dive in!  


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