Attend a Volunteer Information Session to get started!
Sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of
every month at 5PM at Dog Services

Why Volunteer?

Interested in making a difference in your community? One of the best places to volunteer is right near you: at Clackamas County Dog Services.  Whether you walk dogs at the shelter or help with housekeeping, you can make a difference in the lives of our dogs .
The ClackCarmen 10-02-13 002amas County Adoption and Education Center is able to provide its “guests” with a high quality of life due in large part to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. Because most of the dogs who come through our doors are strays, and we have no history on them, safety is the  number one priority. Our S.E.T. Team (Socialization, Enrichment, Training) Shelter Volunteer program provides life-saving activities for dogs living in a very stressful environment. From our Housekeeping team to working with dogs or helping out in the offices, we can fit you in to make the most of your unique skills!10-31-13 003

If you do wish to work with the dogs, you will need to demonstrate understanding and skill at each stage of the program. We provide complete training and support. The habits our volunteers teach the dogs are critical get-adopted and stay-at-home skills – truly life-saving work.

To volunteer at Dog Services you must be:
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Prepared to volunteer 8 hours per month for 6 months.
  • Able to attend necessary orientation/training classes and follow instructions.Hank10-02-13 007
  • Able to commit to regularly scheduled volunteer times
  • Able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for long periods of  time when working directly with animal care
  • Work well with people – all volunteer positions work directly with staff, other volunteers, and the public
  • Comply with Clackamas County Ordinances
  • 8-15 year olds can volunteer with a parent present
  • 16-17 year olds may volunteer with parent approval
  • Must be 18 to handle dogs


Volunteer Programs 

Housekeeping: Help keep a clean environment for our guests with tasks such as cleaning, laundry, dishes, stuffing Kongs, poop patrol and more.
Shifts available Mon-Sat 8am-5pm

Sit. Stay. Read: Volunteers sit outside a dog’s kennel and simply read aloud. This program is for all ages but encouraged for children who want to work on their reading skills in front of a nonjudgmental audience.
Shifts available Mon-Sat 11:30am-5pm

Potty Walking: Rain or shine, dogs appreciate the chance to get outside to relieve themselves.
Shifts available Mon-Sat mornings and afternoons

S.E.T. Team: Want to learn more about dogs? Our S.E.T. Team works to maintain the mental and emotional health of dogs through Socialization, Enrichment and Training.
Continual volunteer training is required.
Shifts available Mon-Sat 8:00am-5:00pm

Admin Support: It takes a lot of organization to keep CCDS running and we can always use help with filing, data input, processing mail, and follow-up phone calls.

Internships: Looking for somewhere to intern this semester? CCDS is happy to help you sharpen your work place skills!       


Please contact Sarah Holcombe at or 503-722-6729 to learn more about getting involved.


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