Volunteer FAQs

How can I sign up to volunteer?
You must be a minimum of 16 years or older to volunteer. All volunteers need to fill in our online application.

How much of a time commitment will I need to make if I volunteer?
Volunteers are asked to commit to 6 hours per month for at least 6 months.

Can I volunteer if I’m younger than 16?
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer at our shelter. Younger folks are encouraged to get involved in community outreach as Shelter Ambassadors. Check out our Youth Programs section.

Can my group volunteer?
If you have a group that is interested in volunteering at our facility, please contact us for more information.

Why do you charge a fee for volunteering?
Volunteers are charged a $20 fee which covers the cost of your initial volunteer T-shirt and a name badge.

Is there a dress code for volunteers?
All volunteers must wear their volunteer t-shirt, long pants, close-toed shoes. We also recommend dressing for the weather.

Do you have a program for court-ordered community service hours?
We can only accommodate DUI offenses with a minimum of 20 hours.  Please email volunteer@humanecharlotte.org for more information.

I want to help Community Cats in my neighborhood. Do I need to be a volunteer?
If you want to help a colony of cats in your neighborhood through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), you do not need to be a volunteer. We loan out cat traps to members of the public. We do have a larger TNR program and welcome volunteers in a variety of roles.