5 Rafferty Rd., Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Our staff and volunteers work together, forming a vital team that's essential to carrying out our mission to promote the health, care, and adoption of these animals. There are many important roles that you can fill.




humane society volunteer dog walkingDog walking is the shelter’s primary need. Baypath dogs are in outdoor pens from 8AM-6PM, and we strive to walk each dog three times a day. This exercise helps their physical and emotional well being. Each walk is a minimum of 30 minutes, but can be longer if desired.

Before, during, and after the walk, volunteers work to socialize the dog, teach the dog good behaviors (like how to walk properly on a leash), and give them plenty of affection. There are many scenic trails adjacent to the shelter where volunteers walk dogs in a peaceful setting.


dog volunteer humane societyIn addition to dog walking and socialization, we ask volunteers to keep the outdoor pens clean and water buckets full. All volunteers pitch in on the laundry to help make sure the animals in our care have fresh, clean bedding each night.



rescue cat humane society volunteer Cleaning Cat Cages

This position involves feeding the cats, providing fresh water, cleaning litter boxes, and sanitizing the cat rooms.

Cat Socializing

Cat lovers can teach a kitten to play, let an older cat enjoy your lap, or groom a cat. We ask that cat volunteers also pitch in with the laundry and help to keep the room clean throughout the day by picking up spilled food and water on the floor and in the cages. Shifts are available daily anytime between 11:30am- 4:30pm.

General Cleaning & Laundry

This position involves washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning the bathroom, sweeping, mopping, dusting, and taking out the garbage.


This position involves transporting animals to the vet for scheduled spays/neuters or emergency visits on an as-needed basis. Shifts are available early morning and late afternoons on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.




Foster Care foster dog volunteer opportunities

We need volunteers who can open their home from time to time to Baypath animals who may require special care for health reasons, are too young to be adopted, or who may be too stressed to be in a shelter environment.**Adult only, pet free homes highly desirable!

Fostering makes a huge difference in the life of a dog or cat, helping to improve their health and well-being, show at their best, and give them the very best chance of finding a happy home. Learn more about fostering a dog or cat


Humane Trappers

One of the most humane and effective ways to combat feral cat overpopulation and improve cats’ health and well being is to humanely trap, neuter/spay, and return feral cats to their colony. Once a month, volunteers span out across different sites to trap the cats for spay/neuter surgery. The trapping is 100% humane and all equipment and supplies are provided. Although patience is often the key, no prior experience is required.



Recovery Caretakers

As the cats recover from surgery, volunteers monitor their progress, provide food and water and clean the holding area. Ensuring a successful recovery is an integral part of the trap-neuter-return process. If you have a garage space that could be used for this purpose, it would be a huge help!



volunteer animal rescueFundraising & Outreach Opportunities

Our volunteers help to make our fundraising events a great success. They work to organize, attend, and publicize our events. We're looking for volunteers to help on our Outreach Committee. This might involve hosting a booth or giving a presentation at a community event or helping out at a fundraising event or meet and greet. If you have experience in this area, please bring your unique experience to the table! If you are interested in helping out, please email us.


Join the Board!

We are looking for folks with donor development experience, outreach/marketing experience and veterinary medicine experience to join our Board of Directors!

Interested in participating in the public outreach, fundraising  and/or long-term planning for the shelter? Click here for a description of the role of a board member or here for our FAQS on being a board member. If you are interested in taking the next step, please complete our Board of Directors Application.

Other Opportunities:

Writer – for our newsletters, flyers, and online projects
Designer – design logos, newsletters, flyers
Marketing specialist – find new opportunities for us to publicize our work
Legal advice – help us to create/update better contracts, waivers, insurance coverage, etc.
*please email shelter@baypathhumane.org regarding these opportunities

We also have occasional opportunities for volunteers with specialized skills such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, computer maintenance, and more.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please fill out the Volunteer or Foster application. If you have questions, please check out our volunteering FAQs or email our volunteer coordinator.

Thanks for your interest!