Volunteer Application

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

Becoming a volunteer
To become a trained dog or cat volunteer,  just fill out the online volunteer application and review the Volunteer Handbook (PDF). Trained volunteers are allowed to work with animals, and must complete the orientation class and on-site training. 

THE NEXT ORIENTATION CLASS WILL BE ON THURSDAY, February 13th, 2020 at 6:30pm at the main branch of the Williamson County Public Library located at 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN. PLEASE REGISTER UNDER THE VOLUNTEER TRAINING TAB. YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL TO CONFIRM THE CLASS.

You do not need to do anything after you submit the application
. You MAY receive an email reminder a few days before the next orientation class, but the email is just a reminder so please pay attention to the date of the class and get that on your calendar. You may also sign up in person at the shelter front desk. Please review the volunteer manual before orientation. Please be aware we are requiring a commitment of regular volunteer service during the initial two months.

Age Restrictions

Effective February 1, 2018, DOG volunteers must be 16 years old to volunteer alone. The minimum age for CAT volunteers is 14. If younger, an adult (parent or legal guardian) 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 the minimum age.

Community Service (Court-Ordered), Tennessee Promise, School-Required Hours

Anyone who must fulfill required hours of court-ordered or other required community service by working at the shelter should contact Jolita at 615-790-5590, ext. 5590 or jolita.nemeth@williamsoncounty-tn.gov to schedule those hours. Be sure to allow several weeks to fulfill hours. These types of community service hours cannot be fulfilled by working with the animals; it consists of laundry, dishes, landscaping, and similar work. We no longer offer these hours on weekends.

Service Projects 

If your civic, scout, church or business group would like to do a service project at or for the shelter, please contact Debbie at debbie.sims@williamsoncounty-tn.gov in advance to discuss the possible projects.