Volunteer Application

We are so glad you are interested in volunteering! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Members of the Community


To apply, just fill out the online volunteer application and review the Volunteer Handbook (PDF).

You do not need to do anything after you submit the application
. You will receive an email reminder a few days before the next orientation class. You may also sign up in person at the shelter front desk. Please review the volunteer manual before orientation.

Age Restrictions


Volunteers must be 14 years old to volunteer alone. If younger, an adult must attend all training with the child and accompany the child while volunteering at the shelter or at any event. The child is an "apprentice"; the adult is the actual volunteer if the child is under 14.

Service Projects / School Service Hours


If your civic, scout, church or business group would like to do an on-site service project at the shelter, please contact Mark Basenberg at markB@williamson-tn.org in advance to discuss the possible projects.

Community Service (Court-Ordered)


Anyone who must fulfill required hours of court-ordered community service by working at the shelter should contact Mark at markB@williamson-tn.org or 615-595-8547 to schedule those hours. Be sure to allow several weeks to fulfill hours. Court-ordered community service cannot be fulfilled by working with the animals; it consists of laundry, dishes, landscaping, and similar work. We have recently changed the schedule and community service is only available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8:00-3:00.