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In-Shelter Volunteers

Animal Care Centers of NYC is excited to offer young people between the ages of 6 and 17 opportunities to volunteer inside of our shelters to help our animals feel happy and comfortable. 

Junior volunteers are required to attend a one-time orientation to tour the shelter spaces, learn about their responsibilities, and understand our expectations. After completing the orientation, junior volunteers can schedule their volunteer sessions based on their own availability.


There is a one-time $25 fee per volunteer. Scholarships are available. Students under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Junior volunteers will receive volunteer t-shirts and ID badges.  

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Books with Boroughbreds

Ages 6 - 17

Animal shelters do more than just feed and house homeless animals. We must also take care of their emotional needs. Happy animals are healthy animals! 

Help the animals in our shelters feel calm, safe, and loved by reading a book to them! They aren't picky about what you read, so bring along your favorite book, magazine, or even your homework! 

Not only can you help an animal by spending time reading to them, you also help to socialize them. This means that a calm, non threatening interaction with you can help them to feel safer around other new people too! This goes a long way in helping them to get adopted.

During our orientation, you will learn about animal body language and how to spot the animals most in need of a nice, soothing story.

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Profile Photographers

Ages 10 - 17

When animals first arrive at our shelters, one of the first things we do is take their photo. However, the first few hours of coming to a shelter can be the most stressful, and sometimes those intake photos don't show them at their best. 

For this reason, it's  important to take photos of each animal once they adjust to shelter life and feel happier and less stressed! These are added to their online adoption profiles, so people outside of the shelters can see all of the wonderful pets we have for adoption. 

Young people can help us get those "purrrfect" shots by being Profile Photographers! All you need is a phone that can take photos. During our orientation we will talk about how to take a great shot that we will add to their official profile on our website!

Junior Volunteer Orientations Calendar

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