Volunteers are critical to the success of the Benton County Animal Control Facility, and our volunteer team is comprised of scores of animal lovers who are committed to improving the lives of animals in our community. They allow us to stretch our resources, expand our programs, and help us to save more lives. The volunteering of your time and energy to the Benton County Animal Control Facility can be both rewarding and spiritually fulfilling; not to mention extremely helpful to the facility staff and the animals we serve.
Donate Time at the Facility
There are numerous ways that you can help at the facility. You can assist in the following:
Provide a warm and friendly welcome to visitors to the Benton County Animal Control Facility, directing them to the appropriate area of the facility and answering questions.
Work with the dogs to improve their adoptability and provide assistance to members of the public by answering questions about the animals and setting up visits with potential adopters. Volunteers are trained to encourage the dogs to focus, sit, and walk well on leash while working with dogs during exercise and socialization time. Some experience with dogs is helpful as the facility takes in many different breeds and sizes of dogs, and many of them are untrained. Volunteers should have basic knowledge of dog behavior, be able to safely handle dogs at all times, and help with laundry and dishes.
Assist with data entry, filing, answering phones, copying, adoption call-backs, mailings, assisting with adoptions, and assisting the front desk staff with new arrivals.
Help to increase the adoptability of the dogs in our care by working with specific, positive reinforcement techniques to encourage them to display desired behaviors. Volunteers are trained to encourage the dogs to focus, sit, and walk well on leash while working with dogs during exercise and socialization time. This can be a very physical, outdoor job and many of the dogs are untrained. Some experience with dogs is helpful as the facility takes in many different breeds and sizes of dogs. Volunteers should have basic knowledge of dog behavior and be able to safely handle dogs at all times.
Adoption Promotion Assistance
Help our animals find loving and permanent adoptive homes by promoting the animals to potential adopters. Volunteers take digital photos and write up fun descriptions of the animals so they can put their best paw forward on internet adoption sites. Volunteers take the photos here using the facility camera, but can upload the content from home or the facility.
Lost Pet Assistance
Help members of the public looking for lost pets by maintaining printouts of all animals held in the facility, escorting visitors to stray-hold areas to look for possible matches, and compare lost & found reports at the facility, in the newspaper and on the internet to help reunite lost companion animals with their families. Volunteers must have good communication skills and the ability to provide high quality customer service.
Help save the lives of animals needing temporary housing before they can become available for adoption. These dogs and puppies may need time in a volunteer’s home to recover from treatable illness or injury, or who simply need to get a little older and gain weight before we can make them available for adoption into their new forever homes. Foster animals must be returned to the facility for adoption at the time determined by the facility staff. Foster care is essential to help us meet our goal of increasing the number of animals we are able to place. Volunteers must attend a foster care orientation before getting started.
Off-Site Adoptions and Transfers
Off-site adoptions may be held at various locations in the community. Volunteers may be needed to transport the animals and appropriate paperwork to the site and then afterwards return the animals to the facility.
Becoming a Volunteer
All persons wishing to volunteer at the Benton County Animal Control Facility must complete a Volunteer Application. You will be then be contacted via email or a phone call by our Volunteer Coordinator.
- You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at the BCACF.
- Volunteers under 18 years of age, but at least 16 years of age, may be accepted with a parent’s written permission and must be accompanied by an adult at all times while volunteering at the facility.
- No Volunteers under the age of 16 can be accepted at the facility.