The Forsyth County Department of Animal Control depends on the support of our community. Join a dedicated team of like-minded individuals who strive to make the world a better place for animals and people. Each year, hundreds of our neighbors donate their time to help homeless animals. The Forsyth County Department of Animal Control welcomes your involvement.

Orientations for volunteers 16 and older are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Animal Shelter. Orientation begins promptly at 6 pm and lasts approximately an hour. It’s the first step to volunteering with us. Check the Calendar of Events for additional volunteer orientations. For more information call 703-2467.

How can you help?

Animal Care:

  • Help us provide a clean, safe environment for the animals in our care.
  • Socialize animals and provide basic training as part of our SPOT program. Give shelter pets the tools they need to thrive in their new homes.

Adoption Assistance/Shelter Hosting:

  • Help shelter pets find the perfect home! A great way to spend your free time: helping a homeless animal find his/her forever home.
  • Greeting the public, directing clients around the shelter, answering visitor’s questions, assisting the public with viewing animals (especially needed on Tuesday & Thursday evenings when the shelter is open late and on Saturdays & Mondays), and providing adoption counseling to people interested in adopting.

Neighborhood Canvassing:

  • Door to door canvassing with Animal Control Officers to promote spay and neuter and licensing requirements.
  • Distribute literature; licensing applications, adoption applications, volunteer applications and County Code information.

Houses for Hounds:

  • Volunteers may assist in the delivery of dog houses to needy homes, pass out flyers.


  • Deliver donated pet food to needy clients in Forsyth County.
  • Pick up donated food from donation bins.

Special Events:

  • Rabies Clinics, miniclinics held at the shelter.
  • Spay Day
  • Project Pearl adoption fairs and fundraisers.

Project Pearl:

  • Photo sessions: Photo sessions are held 2 times a week on site, in the FCAC Community Room. Generally photo sessions last 2 hours. Photographers’ schedules are set 1-2 months in advance. Assistance during photo sessions could include the following: Helping hold animals/get their attention/moving furniture, bathing animals prior to session and walking dogs prior to/during session. We usually need 2 in-session helpers in addition to the photographer plus 2-4 bathers.
  • Making & distributing flyers
  • Fundraising
  • Approved medical foster homes when needed
  • Transportation and temporary homes in between Community Care Partners (CCP) transfers and groomers.

Hiking Hounds:

  • Walking dogs on Sundays twice a month – help socialize and exercise.

16 and Under:

  • Kids can make a BIG impact assisting with the Animeals Program. Volunteers may place containers in neighborhoods, churches, schools etc. to promote donation of pet food for the Animeals Program.
  • Collect shelter “wish list” items. See FCAC website:


  • Shelter Volunteers must be at least sixteen years of age and must enjoy working with all types of people. They must show a genuine concern for the welfare of animals, a willingness to work hard, get dirty, and pitch in where needed. The ideal volunteer is selfmotivated, mature, sensitive, dependable, and a team player.
  • Volunteers who work in direct contact with animals must exhibit a willingness to learn about animals and how to properly interact with them. They must be able to react quickly to avoid any mishaps between animals and people.
  • Animals in our care must be treated kindly and professionally at all times.

Hours of Operation

  1. Closed Sunday
  2. 12:00 - 5:00 Monday
  3. 12:00 - 7:00 Tuesday
  4. 12:00 - 5:00 Wednesday
  5. 12:00 - 7:00 Thursday
  6. 12:00 - 5:00 Friday
  7. 12:00 - 5:00 Saturday

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