Become An Animal Care Sanctuary Volunteer


Expectations of ACS volunteers

Dedicated volunteers make up a large part of our workforce and we schedule their hours according to animal care needs. It is vitally important that volunteers show up for their shifts.

Animal Care Sanctuary Volunteers

While people come to Animal Care Sanctuary because they love animals, Animal Care Sanctuary volunteers must also be able to work well with other people. Animal Care Sanctuary isn’t just about animals—it’s about people helping animals. For everyone’s protection, volunteers must use the safe animal handling techniques taught in their required training. All tasks, from cleaning cages to stuffing envelopes, have specific procedures. Volunteers must adhere to these procedures unless a staff member directs them otherwise. Once volunteers know their work routines, they are expected to work with minimal supervision.

Following through on tasks ensures the animals are receiving the best possible care. Staff are always available to answer questions.


Get Started

  • If you’re interested in volunteering with ACS, please follow these steps:
  • Be of age. Volunteer positions have a minimum age requirement of 18.
    Under 18? Check out these youth volunteer opportunities.
  • Be in the area. Most opportunities are at Animal Care Sanctuary headquarters in East Smithfield,PA. There are also some positions available at Animal Care Sanctuary in Wellsboro, PA. Please consider the potential commute before applying to volunteer.
  • Submit an online application. Go here to fill out a Volunteer Application and tell us a bit about yourself.
  • Attend an orientation. You will learn about the volunteer positions available at Animal Care Sanctuary, our history and policies.
  • Choose a position and shift.

Choose to be an Animal Care Sanctuary volunteer

  • Peruse the volunteer position descriptions to see what kinds of positions Animal Care Sanctuary has available.
  • Make a commitment. There are some flexible options, but a small time commitment is required for most volunteer positions.

    Please note: Animal Care Sanctuary cannot accommodate those seeking to fulfill court-ordered community service.

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Visit ACS East Smithfield

Animal Care Sanctuary

353 Sanctuary Hill Ln,
East Smithfield, PA 18817
Phone: 570-596-2200
Fax: 570-596-2222

Adoption Hours

Monday: Closed
Tue-Sun: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Monday through Friday:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-596-2270

Visit ACS Wellsboro

ACS Wellsboro

11765 US-6,
Wellsboro, PA 16901
Phone: 570-724-3687
Fax: 570-724-8116

Veterinary Clinic Hours

Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
by appointment only
Clinic Phone: 570-724-3687

Behavior Hotlines

Dog Behavior HOTLINE
570-596-2270 x118
Dog Surrender HOTLINE
570-596-2200 x125

Cat Surrender HOTLINE
570-596-2200 Option 5

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