Volunteer With Glynn County Animal Control!

Next New Volunteer Training: Saturday, January 11th @ 10:00 a.m.

animal shelter volunteerThank You for Wanting to Lend a Helping Paw!

Ready to get started?  Print an Application

Adult Volunteer Application & Waiver - for ages 18 years+Retiree volunteer with dog

Youth Volunteer Application & Waiver - for kids & youth: requires a parent's/guardian's signature

Community Service Volunteer Application & Waiver - for community members wanting to meet service hour requirements

Foster Home Application + Foster Home Agreement  - both forms are required to apply to become a foster home

- Or Visit our shelter Monday through Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 (closed Sundays & Wednesdays)

New Volunteer Training is held once each month. RSVP: 912-554-7501 or thill@glynncounty-ga.gov or stop by the shelter.

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**Expenses related to volunteer work may be tax-deductible – consult with your tax professional.

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Family Volunteers: Family volunteering is fun! At least 1 adult chaperone is needed.Child reading to cat

Paws to Read! - All Ages Welcome! Anyone who can read, tell stories, knit, crochet or even nap can hang out with our adoptable cats! No appointment needed for the brief orientation. All ages welcome - kids & youth under 18 years old need an adult chaperone. 

Service Learning, Internships, School/Group Projects or Community Service (not court ordered): Plan/schedule your project: 912-554-7501 or thill@glynncountyanimals.org.

Court-Ordered Community Service: Have some hours to serve? Stop by with your government-issued photo ID and service document(s) to sign up. Or call 912-554-7501 with any questions. Service can be done any days between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. except on Sundays and Wednesdays.

volunteer groomer bathing dogWhat Can You Volunteer to Do? 

  • Dog Walker - can include assisting with Meet Your Match assessments
  • Cat Socializer - can include assisting with Meet Your Match assessments
  • Foster Home - medical, behavioral, kittens, puppies
  • Special Events (usually off site in the evenings & on weekends)
  • Photography/Videography
  • Laundry/Repairs/Gardening...
  • Make flyers at home of our adoptable dogs and cats and pass them out to local businesses!

Do you have a special talent or skill that you would like to share? We'd love to hear your ideas!

OUR FOSTER CARE PROGRAM

KITTEN & PUPPY LIFESAVERS: From newborns to weaned, our youngest and most vulnerable need your help! We need committed bottle-feeders, older kitten and moms with babies foster homes pretty much all year round. Training provided!

Shelter dog meets elderly woman in parkDOG FIELD TRIPS: Our Dog Walkers take adoptable dogs for day trips and overnighters! It's a win-win for both the families and the pups. 

TRANSPORT FOSTER: We work hard to find shelters outside our area who might have space for some of our homeless dogs and cats. Can you give a ride to a few crated pets? Trips can be as short as an hour to as far as overnight - we regularly have trips going to New York, Virginia and Florida, if you're heading out on vacation!

TLC FOSTER HOMES: Many dogs and cats come to shelters from neglect, abuse or being abandoned. We're always looking for homes who can temporarily shower these precious pets with gentle love and compassion. Medical care and dog training provided.

NEXT STEPS: Fill out and turn in the Foster Application and Waiver (links above). We'll schedule a required home visit and learn about what type of fostering is a good fit for you. Questions: 912-554-7501 or thill@glynncounty-ga.gov. 

Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age - Youth may volunteer with a responsible parent/guardian - Must be able to have pets where you live. Landlord approval is required.

IS FOSTERING RIGHT FOR ME? ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS...

Does my scFoster Imagehedule permit me to spend quality time with my foster animals? In addition to 3-4+ hours a day spent socializing your fosters, you are required to feed, clean-up after, and monitor your fosters for changes in appearance, health and energy levels throughout the day. The general foster commitment is 2-8 weeks but may vary depending on the shelter pet’s needs. Bottle babies require feedings every 2-6 hours around the clock!

Do all members of my household want to foster? Fostering any type of animal requires a big commitment from everyone in your family/home. Make sure that all family members and/or roommates are on board!

Am I willing to keep my medical fosters separate from my own animals? To prevent the spread of disease, it's very important that your foster pets do not have contact with your family pets. Resident cat(s) must be indoor-only pets to prevent bringing in parasites and diseases.

What will be my financial responsibility? We will supply you with basic food and supplies such as bowls, litter, litter box, blankets, and toys. We will also provide medical care for your foster at no cost to you as long as the care is pre-approved.

Will I be able to follow necessary cleaning protocols?  Litter boxes, housebreaking, and washing bowls and clean bedding all require daily cleaning. Depending on the foster's health condition, other types of cleaning and disinfecting may be needed. You must also follow strict sanitation protocols in between foster groups to minimize any spread between animals.

What would I do if my foster pets cause damage to my house? Part of your job will be to teach your foster pets how to be a well-behaved house pet. In the process, some of your personal belongings may get damaged. GCAC will not be held responsible for any damage caused by your foster animals.Kitten Bottle Feeding Header

Am I able to return to the shelter for regular veterinary appointments? We will provide all veterinary care through our Medical Team. This care is usually done at our shelter but may also be done at one of our approved local veterinary hospitals. Our staff Veterinary Technicians will keep in touch with you about what medical care your foster needs.

In cases of emergency, can I take my foster pet to an emergency vet? We will provide you with a list of contacts and how to reach us in the event of a medical emergency. All veterinary care must be approved by a GCAC staff member.

Will I be able to return my foster animals to GCAC once the foster period ends? Absolutely! You also have the option of helping your foster find his/her forever family or adopting him/her into your own family. Our normal adoption process applies.

Will I be able to emotionally cope with the death of one my fosters? Unfortunately, even with the very best care, some foster pets do not survive. We can take comfort in knowing that he/she was loved and given the best life possible while in your care.

Do I accept that GCAC is an open-admission shelter and cannot guarantee the adoption of all foster animals? We do our absolute best to place all shelter pets into loving homes. You play a vital role in that success! Unfortunately, we can't guarantee placement of all animals who come into our care.