Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Garden State Animal Rescue Center!
We rely on our volunteers to help provide the best care possible for our animals. Our volunteers help in every area of our shelter, from working directly with our animals to helping behind the scenes in areas such as our Spay/Neuter clinic and admin offices.
Join us in fulfilling our mission to advocate for all animals across New Jersey!
All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. (Not 18 but still want to help? Click here)
All volunteers are required to complete and pass a background check issued by the GSARC.
All volunteers must commit to at least 6 months of volunteer work with a minimum of 8 service hours per month.
1. Fill out the GSARC Volunteer Application.
Please be honest with your answers and consider whether or not volunteering with us is the right fit for you! Please allow one week for your application to be processed. If accepted, you will be contacted with the next appropriate steps.
2. Attend New Volunteer Orientation.
Orientations are held once a month at our Central location and have a maximum capacity of 40 registrants per orientation. Orientation will cover basics about our organization and more information on the volunteer process.
3. Pay one time $50 Volunteer Fee.
This fee covers your background check, volunteer t-shirt, and photo ID. Payment will be accepted at the end of orientation in the form of cash, check, or credit card.
4. Training and starting with Basic Needs throughout our shelter.
New volunteers will start out learning and volunteering in our Basic Needs areas to become acclimated with our shelter, staff, and other volunteers!
After you complete your basic needs training, meet with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss your interests and find your best fit in the organization!
Our volunteers help out in areas such as adoptions, events, outreaches, dog walking, cat socialization, clinic help, and more!
Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities.