Adoption Hours:

By appointment


Our Location:



Garden State Animal Rescue Center

TAX ID: 83-2422267. 


© 2019 Garden State Animal Rescue Center

The GSARC is much more than just an animal welfare organization and we need volunteers in all areas throughout our organization! Below are just some of the opportunities open to GSARC Volunteers. Please remember, all volunteers must complete the Volunteer Orientation Process.

Basic Needs: Basic Needs covers those essential things that help our organization run smoothly such as laundry, dishes, puppy care, and more. New volunteers will become comfortable and oriented with the shelter, staff, and fellow volunteers!


Dog Walking: Our dogs are always in need of care, exercise, and enrichment to best prepare them for finding homes! All volunteers will be trained to learn the proper way to clean, care for, and walk our dogs.

Cat Socializing: Our cats are also in need of care, enrichment, and, of course, TLC! Feline care revolves around socializing cats, maintaining and cleaning their digs.

Welcome Desk: Volunteers at our welcome desk and adoption desk are the face of the GSARC. These volunteers greet and direct visitors as well as take calls and messages.

Adoption Counselors: These volunteers have the important job of approving adoptions for our homeless animals and giving them a new start in a loving home. Volunteers in this department would be required to commit to work two days a week, preferably one of the days being on a weekend. This would be a set schedule. In addition to finding new home for our adoptables, you must also work with the animals to become familiar with them for talking with potential adopters.

Foster Program: Some of our animals need a more comfortable environment for socialization or destressing, or may be too young to be put up for adoption. These animals are placed into our foster program until they are ready to be adopted from their foster homes or come back to the GSARC . We greatly appreciate the help of our foster families to help our animals be better prepared for finding their forever homes. (You don’t have to be a GSARC Volunteer to foster! Click here for more information)

Fundraising, Events, & Outreaches: Our shelter runs primarily off of donations, which are often collected through various fundraisers and events. Additionally, we attend outreach events where we bring animals that are available for adoption and information for educating the community. Outreaches often need animal handlers, volunteers for running our table, and adoption counselors.

Transports: Some local vets and groomers donate their services to provide pro bono work for our animals. Volunteers are needed to transport animals to and from their appointments. Transporters also assist in times when injured or orphaned wildlife arrive at our shelter and must be moved to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation center.

Volunteer Opportunities