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How to Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any active organization, and the Second Chance Animal Center is no different. Without volunteers, many community projects, as well as shelter activities, could not handled by staff already involved with the time commitments of a busy daily routine.

Our volunteers, who donate precious time and much-needed services, come from all walks of life and have a variety of skills and expertise. You don't have to be a trained professional to help - just have some free time and the desire.

We'll match you to a "job" that fits both your time frame and your interests - see our listings below.

Think about becoming a foster family for dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. this program finds temporary homes for those animals that need a little extra attention until they can be adopted into a loving, permanent home. This program has helped to free critical space in the Shelter, reduce the euthanasia rate, and given the animals, that second chance to experience "family life."

Call the Shelter at 802-375-2898 for information on how you can help us to give our furry friends a Second Chance. You may also complete our Volunteer Application online or you may download an application and mail it in.

Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Socializer

Give individual attention to the animals available for adoption. Playing, exercising, talking to and touching, affording animals the important benefits of positive interaction with, and the companionship of people.

Shelter Maintenance Aide

Assist staff with minor shelter repairs and carpentry tasks such as building shelves, repairing leaky sinks, small painting projects, etc. Can be scheduled weekly or as projects arise. Must be 16 years or older.

Dog Walker

Provide companionship and exercise by walking animals in the 1/4 acre fenced dog yard. Must be 16 years or older and attend a dog walking class.

Animal Care / Cleaning

Daily feeding and cleaning of animals. Must 16 years or older.

Foster Caregiver

Foster families share their homes with animals available for adoption or recovering from medical treatment or shelter stress.  

Dog Bank Caretaker

Once a month collect and disperse dog banks in businesses throughout the area and return donations to Second Chance for counting.


Rake and keep the area around the shelter and administration building free of litter. Must be 16 years or older.

Special Events

Special events, involve a multitude of tasks, which reach beyond the limited resources of standing committees. Volunteers are needed for tasks both large and small, from hanging up posters, registering event participants, or handing out balloons the day of the event. This is a fun way to be involved if you have a flexible schedule and limited time to commit.  Volunteers are called as needed. Must be 16 years or older.

Humane Education Aide

"People oriented" volunteers to assist our education director with pre-school and elementary programs, summer camp field trips and special "tabling" events such as Mayfest. Volunteers are called as needed making this ideal for those with a flexible schedule. Must be 16 years or older.


Flexible weekend help needed to transport supplies & animals to adoption site and help set up or break down. Adoption counselors are also needed to interview prospective adopters and complete necessary paperwork. Adoption training will be provided.  Must be 16 years or older.

Front Desk

Greet customers, assist office manager with front desk duties, cover desk as needed. Must be 18 years or older. Customer service experience preferred.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Foster Homes Needed

Each spring with the arrival of kitten season, the number of calls for help grows. Second Chance Animal Center in  Shaftsbury, Vermont tries to take in as many new born kittens and moms-to-be as possible, but space is limited at the shelter. Volunteers are desperately needed to help with the overflow by providing temporary foster homes until the kittens are old enough to be adopted.

All of the veterinary care, food, medicine, litter and supplies are provided by Second Chance, while the foster parent provides a safe environment, care and lots of love so the kittens can thrive. Once the kittens are fully weaned (usually around eight weeks of age), they are given their final vaccinations, spayed or neutered and ready to be adopted into permanent, loving homes – with, of course, a big purr of thanks to their foster parent. 

If you think fostering might be for you, please call the shelter at 802-375-2898. Our Animal Care Coordinator will be happy to tell you more about the foster program and answer any questions you may have.