You can make a difference in a shelter pet’s life by becoming a volunteer at the Warren County Animal Ark. Walking a dog, petting a cat, helping to clean the shelter or helping with an event can make a huge impact on the animals in our community. Volunteers are always needed in all aspects of the shelter. 

All volunteers must complete an application prior to starting. Anyone under 18 must have parent or guardian permission. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

There are many benefits from being an Ark Volunteer:

  • You’ll be a part of the solution: you’ll be a part of the team of people who are working to make the world a safer, more humane place for all living creatures.
  • Nothing beats warm, furry snuggles and wet kisses!
  • You may discover a new career.
  • Meet new people who have similar interests.

For more information on volunteering, contact the shelter at wcanimalark@warrencountync.gov  or call 252-257-6137.

Animal Control Volunteer Policy

Volunteer Application and Liability Release

Volunteer Opportunities  

Animal Welfare Assistant

Assisting in:

Animal Husbandry



Educational Assistant

Assisting in:

Greeting citizens

Promotion of spaying and neutering

Animal Behavior

Promotion of responsible pet ownership

Development of literature, audio and visual aids

Development of events, activities designed to promote the mission of animal control

Adoption Assistant

Assisting in:

Assisting potential adopters in filling out of forms

Guiding adopters in “best fit” potential pets

Assisting staff in preparing and completing animal adoptions

Administrative Assistant

Assisting Director and/or staff in general administrative and program activities and responsibilities.


On occasions, the shelter ends up with a litter of puppies or kittens that have for one reason or another found themselves without a mother. These babies are then in need of a surrogate who will provide them with the care that their mother would have supplied. When this occurs, the shelter needs volunteers who are willing to provide this service taking these babies into their homes where they can receive the round the clock care that they need. Since this usually occurs unexpectedly, having a list of individuals who are willing to give their time and compassion to these babies is vital in rearing happy, healthy puppies and kittens.

Anyone interested needs to complete an application to be added to the list.

Bottle Feeder Application