363 Derby Road
Middletown, NY, 10940

– Dog Dept: Ext. 2
– Cat Dept:  Ext. 3


Daily: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET)

All about volunteering

Volunteers are needed and are welcome!

You can help pets in need as a volunteer at Pets Alive! As a volunteer, you become part of a team committed to providing loving, quality care to the pets in our care while making the community a better place for our pets and their people. Together, we can make a big difference for the animals! Even a few hours a week can make a huge difference.

Court-Ordered Community Service Hours
Pets Alive accepts court-ordered community volunteers. There is a separate process, so please refer to our Court-Ordered Community Service page.

Junior Volunteers (ages 10-17)
We love Junior volunteers, and there is plenty for kids (age ten and up) to do, but to walk dogs, you must be 18 years of age. Junior volunteers must have a parent or guardian with them at all times while on property. Both child and parent/guardian must have individual profiles in the volunteer portal.

Getting Started
If you are interested in becoming a Pets Alive volunteer or learning more about volunteering, please sign up by visiting our volunteer platform and creating a profile. Once you have completed your profile, click on “Opportunities” on the top menu bar, scroll down to the New Volunteer Orientation section, click on the “New Volunteer Orientation” link and sign up for a date of your choosing.

During the New Volunteer Orientation, you will get a tour of our grounds, learn about some of the different ways you can help, and be able to have your questions answered. Orientations require enrollment as we keep the classes limited in size to address individual questions.

Volunteer Hours (once you have attended an orientation):

Daily from 10:00 am – 4:00pm ET

The Volunteer Role


Pets Alive Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Dog Walking
  • Improving Adoptability (Dogs)
  • Cat Room Cleaning Assistant (mornings)
  • Onsite Community Cat Caretaker
  • Cat Cuddling and Socialization (afternoons)
  • Barn Buddies
  • Laundry
  • TNR Team Helping Community Cats (Trap Neuter Return)
  • Community Outreach
    • Offsite Adoption Events
    • Tabling at Community Events
    • Pet Chow Pantry
    • Helping Hands Help Paws – Low-Cost Vaccine and Wellness Clinics
  • Fostering – Bottle Babies to Hospice
  • Administrative/Clerical
  • Transporters – dogs and cats to and from vet appointments
  • Fundraising
  • Maintenance (simple repairs)
  • Ground Maintenance
  • Skilled volunteers are always needed, such as licensed electricians, plumbers, and carpenters.


Group Volunteer Opportunities
Are you seeking a one-time group volunteering opportunity? Please email volunteer@petsalive.org to discuss the best way for your group to help. We are limited in our capacity to host large groups at the shelter and encourage groups to run supply drives or fundraisers at a local store or in the community – email us for more information.

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