Dog Volunteering

Thinking about adopting a dog or a cat for the first time? Not sure you want to take on the responsibility or have enough time for a four-legged companion?

Why not consider becoming a volunteer first? 

Capital District animal shelters and rescue organizations are always in need of volunteers. Budgets are usually strained and the never-ending influx of displaced animals often requires more help than a part-time or even full-time staff can provide. 

So volunteer opportunities are a great way for prospective pet parents to give love and care to animals and see what pet ownership actually entails.

Here are a few things to consider before you take the plunge:

  • A time commitment goes with the job. Many shelters expect volunteers to work a certain number of hours each month and need specific shifts covered. Make sure you can accommodate the volunteer schedule.
  • Learn all you can about what is expected of volunteers to make sure the work is a good fit for you: How long will it be before you’ll be allowed to work directly with all the animals; will you have the opportunity to work with the age group of your choice, for example.
  • Other volunteer options may include helping staff with marketing, public relations, fundraising and becoming a temporary foster pet parent.

Listed below are dog rescue shelters and clinics in Albany, Saratoga and Glens Falls that provide respite for dogs in need. Guiding Eyes of Northern NY, Pit Bull, Rottweiler rescue, and low cost spay and neuter clinics give dogs a second chance. 

Canine non-profits in Albany, Saratoga and Warren County provide education and wellness services for abandoned or unwanted dogs and help them find new and loving forever homes, according to

Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society

Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection 

Montgomery County SPCA

Greyhounds As Companions

Companion Animal Placement Program

Berkshire Humane Society

Saratoga County Shelter

Animal Protective Foundation

Columbia Greene Humane Society

2nd Chance Animal Center

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