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.

Dog walking is the shelter’s primary need. Baypath dogs are in outdoor pens from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 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, our volunteers work to socialize the dog, teach the dog good behaviors (like how to walk properly on a leash), and give them dog plenty of affection. There are many scenic trails adjacent to the shelter where volunteers walk dogs in a peaceful setting.

In 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. We currently have a waiting list for weekend shifts, but there are some weekday shifts open.


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 engage a kitten in some active play with our basket of toys, let an older cat enjoy your lap, or groom a cat of any age. While enjoying the company of our cats we ask that you help to keep the room clean throughout the day by picking up spilled food and water on the floor and in the cages. We ask that all cat socializers pitch in on the laundry. Shifts are available all days, anytime between 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

We need volunteers who can open their home as needed 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.


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!

Fundraising & Outreach Opportunities

Our volunteers help to make our fundraising events a great success. They work to organize, attend, and publicize our events and advocate for Baypath Humane. If you have experience in this area or want to get involved, please bring your unique experience to the table!

Other Opportunities:

Administrative Assistant – update our database, make phone calls, write letters
Writer – for our newsletters, flyers, and online projects
Designer – design logos, newsletters, flyers
Web designer / programmer – help maintain website
Marketing specialist – find new opportunities for us to publicize our work
PR specialist – build and maintain relationship with press & media - online and in print
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!