We are 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 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 dates of the classes 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 at least 20 hours volunteer service in return for the training time invested in you. If you just need a few hours, such as Tennessee Promise requirements, please schedule those hours with Vinissa at 615-790-5590 x3401 or email@example.com. We will no longer train volunteers on the animals for small numbers of hours needed for community service.
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.
If your civic, scout, church or business group would like to do a service project at or for the shelter, please contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.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 Vinissa at 615-790-5590 x3401 or email@example.com 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 no longer offer these hours on weekends.