How to become a volunteer

There are many ways you can help the Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, including walking dogs, playing with cats, grooming the animals, posting pictures and bios of the animals online, fundraising, planning events, and, of course, donating money.

If you have questions about volunteering, please email the volunteer manager at volunteers@friendsofbcas.org.

Please note: to interact with the shelter animals, volunteers must be 18 or older. For information on how younger people can volunteer, visit the How Kids Can Help page.

Step One: Attend a General Orientation Class
Before you can volunteer with the Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, you must attend a general orientation class. We offer general orientation classes in two locations: at the Burlington County Library and at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. The class at the shelter has limited spaces available.

  • Click here to register for a general orientation class. Class dates for both locations are listed so you can choose the location/date that works best for you. To register, click on the name/date of the class. You will then be taken to another screen with a green "register" button. Click on that button and fill in your information. In the class, you'll learn about many volunteer opportunities, including walking dogs, playing with cats, photography, grooming, fostering and more.

 

Step Two: Fill Out a Volunteer Application
After you have taken the general orientation class, you can fill out the Friends of BCAS volunteer application. Once the information from your application has been entered into Volgistics, the system we use to manage volunteer classes and hours, you will be sent credentials so you can log into Volgistics.

Once you have received your Volgistics credentials, you can log in and sign up for animal handling classes.

  • To sign up for animal handling classes:
  1. Log in to Volgistics.
  2. Click the My Schedule tab to view the calendar.
  3. Click on a Help Wanted sign to view the available classes. If none are available, it means all upcoming classes are full. The best time to look for an available class is within the first week or two of each month. You must sign up on the Volgistics calendar for all classes.

If you have questions about volunteering or signing up for classes in Volgistics, please email the volunteer manager at volunteers@friendsofbcas.org.

View or download the FOBCAS Volunteer Handbook.