The Forsyth County Department of Animal Control depends on the support of our community. Join a dedicated team of like-minded individuals who strive to make the world a better place for animals and people. Each year, hundreds of our neighbors donate their time to help homeless animals. The Forsyth County Department of Animal Control welcomes your involvement.

Orientations for volunteers 16 and older are held the 1st Saturday at 3 pm and the 3rd Tuesday at 6 pm each month at the Animal Shelter. Orientation begins promptly at the scheduled time and lasts approximately an hour. It’s the first step to volunteering with us. Check the Calendar of Events for dates. For more information call 336-703-2467.

How can you help?

Animal Care

  • Help us provide a clean, safe environment for the animals in our care.
  • Socialize animals and provide basic training as part of our SPOT (Shelter Pet Obedience Training) program. Give shelter pets the tools they need to thrive in their new homes.

Adoption Assistance

  • Help shelter pets find the perfect home! A great way to spend your free time: helping a homeless animal find his/her forever home.
  • Greeting the public, directing clients around the shelter, answering visitor’s questions, assisting the public with viewing animals.

Neighborhood Canvassing

  • Door to door canvassing with Animal Control Officers to promote spay and neuter and licensing requirements.
  • Distribute literature; licensing applications, adoption applications, volunteer applications and County Code information.

Houses for Hounds

Volunteers may assist in the delivery of dog houses to needy homes, pass out flyers.

Special Events

  • Rabies Clinics: Several times throughout the year at our facility, watch the website for dates

Public Education

The Department of Animal Control has many programs and avenues of assistance available to members of our community. Help us get this information to the community! This would involve a responsible adult to drive to specified locations for brochures to be distributed.

For complete information, view our Policy Statement. If interest in volunteering, print an Adult Volunteer Application and Agreement.

Other Local Volunteer Opportunities

There are also local non-profit organizations which assist the shelter in caring for shelter pets. These organizations are in need of volunteers. Use the links below to visit their websites.



Hours of Operation

Starting Monday, September 18th our hours will be changing. During this transitional period, we will have limited hours due to staffing. Beginning Monday our hours will be as follows:

  1. Closed Sunday
  2. 12:00 - 5:00 Monday
  3. 12:00 - 7:00 Tuesday
  4. 1:00 - 5:00 Wednesday
  5. 12:00 - 5:00 Thursday
  6. 1:00 - 5:00 Friday
  7. 1:00 - 4:00 Saturday

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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