Ways to Help

Our mission is to make our shelter animals happier and give them a better chance at adoption. Since we are an all-volunteer group, we can't do that without dedicated volunteers! We need you! 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.

How to become a Friends of BCAS volunteer

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. Becoming a volunteer who is able to interact with the shelter animals is a three-step process.
 

Step One: Fill Out a 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 a welcome email. (If you do not receive a welcome email within a few minutes, be sure to check your spam filter).

Step Two: Attend an Orientation for New Volunteers Session
Before you can volunteer with the Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, you must attend an orientation for new volunteers session. We offer orientation session at the Burlington County Animal Shelter, 35 Academy Drive, Westampton, NJ 08060.

Orientation dates are listed on the application. You can pick a date later by following the instructions in Step Three. At the orientation session, you'll learn about many volunteer opportunities, including shelter duties, walking dogs, playing with cats, photography, grooming, fostering, and more. Bring $15 (exact change) for your volunteer t-shirt & ID badge.

*** Please note: If you do not attend orientation within 90 days, your application will be deleted ***


Step Three: Sign Up for Additional Training Classes
Depending on the type of volunteer work you would like to do, you will need to complete different levels of training. We ask all volunteers to help in different areas when help is needed.

To sign up for additional training classes:

  1. Log in to the Volunteer Information Center, known as Volgistics.
    1. Your log-in name is your email address
    2. Use the password you entered on your Friends of BCAS volunteer application or click "Forget your password?"
       
  2. Click the My Schedule tab to view the calendar.
    1. Click on the drop-down menu under Show Openings in:
    2. Select the class you want to sign up for from the drop-down list
       
  3. Click on a Help Wanted sign on the day you can attend a class.
    1. If there are no Help Wanted signs, it means all upcoming classes are full.
       
  4. Click on the green Schedule Me button to register for the class.
    1. If the Schedule Me button is missing, the class is either full or it is an advanced class that you do not meet the requirements to attend yet. The best time to look for an available class is within the first week of each month. You must sign up on the Volgistics calendar for all classes.

If you have questions about signing up for classes in Volgistics, please email classes@friendsofbcas.org.

Friends of BCAS programs

  • Cat Cuddling: Cuddling cats helps socialize the animals and makes them happier and more adoptable. Learn more...
     
  • Dog Walking: Walking dogs helps socialize the animals and makes them happier and more adoptable. Learn more...
     
  • TNR of Community Cats: TNR stands for trap, neuter, return. It refers to the practice of trapping stray and outdoor cats, including feral cats, so they can be spayed/neutered, given vaccinations (rabies and distemper, usually), and returning them either to where they were trapped or to a colony where they can be managed and monitored. Learn more...
     
  • Online Posting, Photography and Videography: Posting information about animals online is a crucial part of getting animals adopted and done completely by volunteers. Learn more...
     
  • Special Needs Volunteers: Individuals who do not meet the criteria for independent volunteering must always volunteer in the company of another adult capable of assisting them, such as a family member or a group home employee. Learn more...
     
  • Adopt A Pet: Adopt one of the wonderful animals at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Learn more...
     
  • Donate: Help support and enrich the lives of shelter animals by making a donation today. Learn more...
     
  • Fostering: Foster homes are always needed for shelter cats and dogs. Learn more...
     
  • Grooming: There's always a need for more help to keep the animals clean, fluffy and happy. Learn more...
     
  • Host of fundraising event for the Friends of BCAS. Learn more...
     
  • Kennel Enrichment: Unhappy, frustrated or bored animals don't show well in their kennels and potential adopters can be put off by kennel-induced behaviors. Enrichment helps counter these behaviors by making the animals’ environments more stimulating and challenging by using toys, puzzles, sensory games and other novel experiences. Learn more...
     
  • Kennel Quilt Project: The talented volunteers at Olde City Quilts in Burlington can use donations of fabric suitable for quilting to make dog and cat beds for the shelter animals. Learn more...
     
  • Rescue Partners: There are many non-profit rescues in and around Burlington County that help our shelter by pulling animals from us and adopting them out, as well as helping community animals before they reach our shelter. Helping rescues helps us! Learn more...
     
  • Behind the Scenes: Are you self-motivated and organized? We need people to work behind the scenes to help manage programs and keep the group organized. Learn more...
     
  • How Kids Can Help: We can't allow any volunteers younger than 18 years of age to help out at the shelter, but there are ways for younger people to help from home. Learn more...
     
  • Shop At These Businesses: The Friends of the Burlington County Animal Shelter have coin donation boxes at many area businesses. Support us by supporting them. Learn more... 
     
  • Wishlist: The shelter is always in need of items to make the animals' live happier, healthier and more fulfilling. Learn more...