Volunteering at Pets Without Parents

Our shelter is always in need of helping hands. Volunteering is a very rewarding experience. You meet new pets, learn their stories, and cultivate your own space in their hearts as they find a place in yours. When a pet is adopted that you have grown close to, the thrill and happiness is unmatched. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities and a description of what each entails. They include: Volunteering at the Shelter; Volunteering at Adoption Events; and Becoming a Foster Family. Before volunteering, you must attend one of our Volunteer Orientations (details below).



VolunteersIf you want hands-on experience caring for pets,volunteering at the shelter is your place. You get lots of time to interact with pets. We need help with cage cleaning, dog walking, general cleaning throughout the shelter, cat socializing, etc. Volunteers can also help people coming in to search for a pet.

Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Minimum age to volunteer is 8.



A volunteer making a new friend at WoofstockThis entails taking pets from the shelter to designated places so they get more visibility. When helping with off-site events, volunteers meet at the shelter to pick up pets and necessary supplies. Once at the location, volunteers simply sit or walk around with the pets and talk to people about our shelter and about adopting from us. We attend numerous events throughout the year, including the bi-monthly Mingle with our Mutts at the Franklin County Animal Shelter.

These events are a lot of fun, and also very important in getting more community recognition. When people are thinking of adopting, we want them to think of Pets Without Parents. The more events we attend, the more people get to know us. And the more volunteers we have at each event, the more adoptables we can bring, increasing their chances of getting seen and adopted. Most of these events are family-friendly, so kids can also get involved first-hand.



Jill nursing her kittensSometimes a pet needs to be out of the shelter environment for various reasons. Perhaps they are not thriving there; maybe they need a quiet place to recover from an illness or injury; or maybe they are just too young (puppies and kittens less than 8 weeks old). At these times we rely on a network of dedicated foster families to help these wonderful pets get over whatever hurdles life dealt them. It is a temporary situation, but vital to the health and well-being of the animal. The shelter provides everything you need, including food, litter, litter boxes, crates, and veterinary services - all you need to provide is a home, a loving environment, and your time.

If you are interested in becoming a foster family, call the shelter at (614) 267-7297 or email pets@petswithoutparents.net for more information about this rewarding experience.



We are looking for dedicated individuals who can make a one year commitment of at least 4 hours a month to help the homeless dogs and cats in our care. Prior to volunteering, you must attend one of our Volunteer Orientations, which typically take about an hour.


Special Note for Students: Due to the overwhelming number of requests, we can no longer accommodate school or college students who are required to fulfill short-term community service hours. The increased number of community service volunteers, their short term needs, and the restricted days and times in which they can complete their hours has placed a burden on our staff. As stated above, Pets Without Parents will not grant community service hours for any volunteer unless they are willing to give a one year commitment of 4 hours per month.