Adult Volunteering

DAWS cat volunteer holding black kittenVolunteers help operate the Danbury Animal Welfare Society shelter. Volunteering even a few hours a week makes a big difference in the lives of animals in need! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups who want to get involved.

All of the following activities, and more, are performed by volunteers: training and exercising our dogs, cat socialization and grooming, cat trappings and rescue, and shelter animal transport. We also have marketing, fundraising, and maintenance opportunities for those who do not wish to work directly with animals but still want to make a difference.  View our volunteer openings.

All new volunteers are required to attend a General Volunteer Orientation. Orientations are held in the DAWS Community Room at our shelter.

For information on the Volunteer Program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

What will you learn at DAWS Orientation?

  • DAWS history
  • Dog Program volunteer opportunities
  • Cat Program volunteer opportunities
  • Foster Program volunteer opportunities
  • Other Program opportunities (TNR, community outreach, and special events)
  • DAWS policies

An additional one-hour training on dog handling is required for dog handlers, which may be held immediately following General Orientation. Please wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

What do I need to bring to DAWS Orientation?

  • Copy of your driver’s license or photo ID

Volunteer Requirements:

We ask that adult volunteers make a commitment to serve regularly and consistently in one program or on one committee.  Regular and consistent service means completing a minimum of two, two-hour shifts per month for a minimum of 3 months in either the dog or cat programs or working for four hours per month on one of the committees.

Volunteers under 18 years of age are not able to work directly with our animals. Please visit our Youth Volunteering section of our website or email to see how young people can help.

If you are volunteering as a requirement for School or Court Mandated Community Service hours, a short interview is required prior to attending orientation.  Please e-mail to request an interview.