The Volunteer Program is BACK after a long suspension due to COVID!

Volunteers play an integral role at the Cape May County Animal Shelter. There are many tasks they do daily at the shelter such as:

  • Cage and kennel cleaning
  • Cat socializing and exercising
  • Dog walking
  • Special events
  • PetSmart Aide
  • Foster Home

Junior Volunteers

Interested residents 14-17 years of age may volunteer, however they must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult while volunteering. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to provide supervision for junior volunteers. That adult providing the supervision must attend orientation as well.


Those interested in volunteering must first attend a mandatory New Volunteer Orientation held periodically.  The class is approximately one hour long and is held during the week in the early afternoon.  See below to register.  Orientation is informal and is your opportunity to learn if volunteering at this shelter is a good fit for you. Volunteer opportunities exist seven days a week - however only between the hours listed below:

Kennel cleaning, cat cage cleaning, kitchen sanitizing: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Dog Walking: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Cat Cuddling: 12:30 - 4:00pm

Clerical Assistance: 9:00am - 4:00pm  

PetSmart Aide: 7:00 - 930am AND 4:30 - 7:00pm

NEXT ORIENTATION: Contact the shelter.

IMPORTANT: The majority of those who begin this process with the best of intentions realize they can not follow through with the commitment. We are in need of dedicated individuals who can volunteer at least 3-4 hours a week. If you feel unable to make such a commitment at this time we encourage you to wait until you are able to do so. We look forward to hearing from those who can make the commitment.


Pre-registration is required. Contact us to pre-register:
  • Email
  • Phone: 609-465-8923


Volunteer Manual

View the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Volunteer Manual (PDF).

PetSmart Charities

The shelter is an official adoption partner of PetSmart Charities, Inc. at the PetSmart store in Rio Grande, New Jersey. Volunteers make the animals comfortable with clean cages and fresh food in the morning (7-9:30 am) and evening (4:30-7 pm). For more information on this program click here: volunteer activities at PetSmart.

PetSmart Adoption Display

Cats in cages on display for adoption at PetSmart