Volunteer at AWA

Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with the Animal Welfare Association!

We are proud to have the support of so many wonderful volunteers. These dedicated people put their concern for animal welfare into action by offering to donate time; it is such an important asset to us. 

 If you are ready to volunteer, there are many opportunities for you to help the animals either at the shelter, at an off-site event or even from home!

How does the program work?

To enhance your volunteering experience with AWA, we provide three levels of training so that you may proceed at your own pace. This process enables our volunteers to become comfortable and familiar, while also increasing the benefit to the animals. Volunteers may attain the level of training with which they are most comfortable.

All volunteers must begin with Basic Orientation. Upon completion of orientation, the volunteer is considered to be at Level I (For more information on attending, please see the “How do I get started” section below.)

Level I involves shelter work without direct animal contact. This includes, but is not limited to grounds work, general maintenance, laundry/dishes. All new volunteers must complete 12 hours at Level I before moving to Level II.

Level II involves safe handling of animals and proper cleaning procedures. Upon completion of 12 hours at Level I, additional training is required before volunteers can begin performing Level II tasks. This includes working hands-on with the animals. This also includes helping the front desk and clinic.

Level III is reserved for volunteers who demonstrate excellent animal handling techniques and have been recommended by staff or other volunteers. These high skilled responsibilities include conducting dog meets, vet teching, and socializing animals.

Children and Volunteering

Children are welcome to volunteer at the AWA. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent at all times in the building. All children must also attend volunteer orientation and training with their parents.

How do I get started?

Please fill out an application to begin the process of becoming an AWA Volunteer by applying in person at the shelter. It can take up to 2-3 weeks for a response, due to the large amount of daily inquiries. We appreciate your patience as we build and focus our volunteer corps for the betterment of the animals. If downloading our application, please email it to volunteers@awanj.org, fax it to us at 856-424-8318, or drop it off at the shelter.

Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email asking you to RSVP for an orientation session. These sessions are held twice a month in the evening. You must fill out the application before attending the orientation

Please Note: AWA volunteers must be 16 Years of age or older.  Junior Volunteers younger than 16 may volunteer with a parent or guardian.

Volunteers Needed

We are always in need of additional volunteers to help out at the shelter! 

If you have any questions, please email Nicole at volunteers@awanj.org or call her at 856-424-2288, ext. 111. After receiving your application, Nicole will contact you to arrange an orientation meeting and to discuss your volunteer interests and the AWA’s opportunities.


Animal Welfare Association

509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: 856.424.2288 | Fax: 856.424.8318


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