Get Involved

Volunteer crouches down to pet a white dogFor some people, coming to the Shelter to view our animals isn't enough - they want to give back to the community and help shelter animals through volunteerism at the Shelter.

Hundreds of Fayetteville residents have volunteered over the years at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter. They have helped in making our Shelter such a successful facility by meeting our goals of preventing cruelty to/suffering of all animals, teaching responsible pet care, finding forever homes for our adoptable animals, sheltering & healing animals in need, and reducing pet overpopulation.

Active Participation

When you actively participate as a volunteer, you are part of a solution and you make a difference in the lives of our shelter animals. Opportunities are available for volunteers at the shelter, in the office, and at special events. We need people to walk dogs, socialize cats, and generally spread awareness about what we do and the great animals at the Shelter in need of caring forever homes. While we do accept volunteers of all ages, if you are under the age of 16 years old, you will need a parent or guardian with you at all times while volunteering. In addition, you must be at least 18 years of age to walk dogs.

It is easy to become an Animal Shelter volunteer! The first step is to attend New Volunteer Orientation. 


Our volunteer orientations are held every other Saturday at 10 a.m.  The shelter located at 1640 S Armstrong Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701. We recommend arriving at least 5 to 10 minutes early. There is no need to sign up in advance!  

Tentative Orientation Schedule for the remainder of 2022; we do recommend calling to confirm!

August 27, September 10 and 24, October 8 and 22, November 5 and 19 and December 3 and 17

Contact Us

Questions? Call the shelter at 479-444-3456.

Ways to Get Involved

  1. Adoption Advocate

Being an Adoption Advocate can take many forms, but the main purpose is to help a particular pet find a home.

Ways to Help

You can do this by posting the pet on social media sites, sharing the pet’s details with your friends, family, and co-workers or even checking the pet out of the Shelter to attend an event, like an intramural sporting activity or company picnic. By advocating for a pet, you are giving them a voice and a better chance at finding a loving home much faster.


For more information, please contact the Shelter at 479-444-3456.

Quick Links

  1. Bathing and Grooming Dogs
  1. Cat Socialization
  1. Clinic
  1. Dog Walking
  1. Foster Care
  1. Household Chores