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.






This position involves transporting animals to the vet for scheduled spays/neuters or emergency visits on an as-needed basis. Most transports leave the shelter between 7:30am and 8:00am during the week, and pickup is around 5pm. We sometimes have mid-day appointments where you stay with the animal. We currently use Tufts in Grafton, Ashland Animal Hospital, Holliston Animal Hospital, and occasionally other vet clinics. Fill out a Transporter Application Form!



Foster Care foster dog volunteer opportunities

We need volunteers who can provide temporary foster care for a dog in need. Although most of our dogs do well in the shelter, some dogs require special care, either because of behavioral issues or because they're too stressed to be in a shelter environment.**Adult only, pet free foster homes are highly desirable.

We also need foster homes for orphaned kittens as well as mother cats and their kittens. Learn more about fostering. 


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.



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 Volunteer Opportunities:

We're also seeking a graphic designer to design posters, flyers, and infographics. This work can be done remotely and on a flexible schedule. Please email shelter@baypathhumane.org to learn more.

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

Thanks for your interest!