Make a Difference!
Lincoln County Animal Shelter (LCAS) could not care for all our animals without the daily assistance of our volunteers!  They help us with everything from animal care and assisting adoptions to laundry and landscaping.  LCAS needs volunteer help every day, and there are many opportunities to help the animals.   Volunteers help with a variety of tasks, which include (but are not limited to): animal care and enrichment, administrative assistance, customer service, data entry, facilities and maintenance, fostering animals, and animal photography. LCAS is also very open to any new volunteer ideas; if you have a special skill or interest that is not listed, do not hesitate to contact the volunteer coordinator to discuss this!

About Our Program
Our volunteer program is comprised of tiered and non-tiered positions. Tiered positions require that a volunteer begin volunteering at a base level and may then work his or her way up to more advanced levels. Built into this program is support and training; this is in order to ensure that all volunteers are receiving consistent information and to ensure the safety of both humans and animals. Non-tiered positions do not have different levels although they may have other requirements; this is dependent upon what is expected of the volunteer.

You can check out all of our current volunteer opportunities here: Opportunity Directory (Please note that not all opportunities may be available; check with the volunteer coordinator to confirm availability.)

The following requirements are based on the current volunteer needs of Lincoln County Animal Shelter. If you are unable to meet all of the criteria, please stay tuned for any future opportunities. Any member of the public is welcome to our shelter during open hours to visit with the animals.

Volunteers are required to meet all of these criteria:

  • Be at least 16 years old. Volunteers aged 15 and under may volunteer with a trained parent or guardian and are expected to do the same work as other volunteers (see below for more information).
  • Donate at least four (4) hours each month for a minimum of four months.
  • Maintain a regular volunteering schedule of your choosing.
  • Attend a volunteer orientation.
  • Complete a volunteer application.
  • Review relevant paperwork and training information with the volunteer coordinator.
  • Complete one training shift.

PLEASE NOTE: We do use peanut butter in our shelter and so we may not be an appropriate placement for anyone with nut allergies.


Family Volunteers
Here at LCAS, we feel that education surrounding humane animal care is a top priority for children, and what better way to introduce this than to involve children in caring for our animals! We do require that any child age 15 or under be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times while at the shelter (exceptions to this may be made on a case by case basis). While we will do our best to accommodate each family, we may not have availability for more than 3 people at one time.

Short Term Volunteers
Community Service Volunteers
LCAS accepts volunteers who need to perform volunteer service for a school or extracurricular organization. Dependent upon the number of hours needed by an individual, volunteer opportunities may be subject to change.

Court Mandated Volunteers
Lincoln County Animal Shelter accepts volunteers who need to perform volunteer service due to involvement in the criminal justice system. Volunteers are accepted into this program on a case by case basis. Those charged with any crime considered violent in nature are not accepted into this program. Dependent upon the number of hours needed by an individual, volunteer opportunities may be subject to change.


Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 449-1366 or by email at volunteer@coastalhumanesociety.org