Attend a volunteer information session to get started!
Sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. at Dog Services.

We are able to provide our "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 our number one priority. From our housekeeping team to working with dogs or helping out in the offices, we want to make the most of your unique skills! The habits our volunteers teach the dogs are critical skills that help them get adopted and then stay in their new home—truly life-saving work.

To volunteer at Dog Services, you must:

  • pass a background check
  • be prepared to volunteer at least 8 hours per month for 6 months
  • attend orientation/training classes and follow instructions
  • commit to regularly scheduled volunteer times
  • be 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

Age requirements

  • 8–15-year-olds can volunteer with a parent present (no dog contact allowed) 
  • 16–17-year-olds may volunteer with parent approval (no dog contact allowed) 
  • You must be at least 18 years old to handle dogs.

Volunteer Programs

Our volunteer programs are designed for long-term partnerships (some on an individual level). At this time, we are unable to accommodate community service projects, short-term high school projects, job shadowing, etc. that would require direct staff oversight. For short-term assistance, we can offer instructions for craft projects to supply enrichment options for our dogs that could be done offsite in a group setting, such as creating fleece snuffle mats and suggestions for donation events. Thank you for your interest in supporting dogs at our shelter.  

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

Supporting the Clackamas Dogs Foundation helps support Dog Services programs. If you have non-profit and fundraising experience, or simply want to help with fundraising events, this is for you!

Foster Program
Volunteers work with dogs in their home that need additional training or have special medical needs. This support helps lay a foundation and teaches skills for these dogs to be successful in their adopted homes and out in the world. Your help helps them!  You must be trained and certified in our Potty Walking program before being considered for this program.

Help keep a clean, healthy environment for our guests with tasks such as cleaning, laundry, dishes, stuffing Kongs, poop patrol and more.
Shifts available Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Potty Walking
Rain or shine, dogs appreciate the chance to get outside to relieve themselves.
Shifts available Mon-Sat mornings and afternoons.
This program is designed for individual volunteers only.
You must be 18 years or older to volunteer for this program.

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.  You must be trained and certified in our Potty Walking program before being considered for this program.
Shifts available Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This program is designed for individual volunteers only.  
You must be 18 years or older to volunteer for this program.

Please contact Greg Harris at gharris@clackamas.us or 503-722-6729 to learn more about getting involved.


13141 SE Hwy 212 Clackamas, OR 97015

Office Hours:

Adoption Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Administrative Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Closed from noon to 1 p.m.)

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.