Due to COVID restrictions the Shelter is not taking new volunteers.  Please check back here as we will post as soon as we can begin to train new volunteers.  Thank you for your understanding.

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

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.


Those interested in volunteering must first attend a mandatory New Volunteer Orientation at the shelter. Orientations are held on the below listed dates at the shelter unless otherwise noted (*). Orientation is informal and is your opportunity to learn if volunteering at this shelter is a good fit for you. Prior to attending orientation please make sure to have a tour of the kennels and cat rooms at the Shelter during open public hours which are 1:30 - 4:00pm, seven days a week.  This will enable you to have a better understanding of the protocols and issues as they are explained and discussed during the orientation. 
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
Pre-register by the Tuesday preceding the orientation date. We will call you prior to orientation to confirm your attendance.

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 a.m.) and evening (5-9 p.m.). Volunteers also man an information and adoption table at the store on Wednesdays (6-8 p.m.), Saturdays (2-4 p.m.) and Sundays (2-4 p.m.). Read more about our volunteer activities at PetSmart.

PetSmart Adoption Display

Cats in cages on display for adoption at PetSmart