Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina! Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization and vital to our success. Our devoted volunteers help our organization provide services we otherwise would not be able to afford.


Your volunteer experience should be fun, rewarding and equally beneficial to the animals and HSEC. Volunteers help clean kennels, socialize animals, assist with off-site adoption stands, greet visitors to our facility, foster and much more!

**Due to limited time and resources, we don't accept volunteers who need to complete community service hours by suggestion of their lawyer or as mandated by the court.**




STEP 1 - Online Volunteer Application
  • Release of Liability Form must be signed prior to Orientation, click here.
  • New Adult Volunteers 16 and older, click here.

  • New Junior Volunteers ages 13-15, click here.


STEP 2 - Mandatory Volunteer Orientation
  • This is a mandatory 90 minute training session

  • Volunteers will learn about HSEC, the basics of animal behavior, and basic handling skills.

  • Once you create your Log In name and password, you can access our HSEC Volunteer Orientation Sign-up Tool to pick an orientation to attend.

**We are currently not facilitating on-site Volunteer Orientations. We plan to have a virtual orientation option soon to allow new volunteers to begin working with HSEC! If you would like to be notified when that is available, please sign up and create your volunteer profile and you will receive the email when it is available.** 

Volunteers can also contact Sara, our Community Engagement Coordinator, at Sara@HSECarolina.org



Click here to access Volgistics and sign-up for events.




Volunteers must be 13 or older. We know there are a lot of passionate kids in our community younger than 13 and we apologize that they cannot actively volunteer at the shelter due to insurance/liability reasons, but they can still be a part of the HSEC by planning a fundraiser or make special bandanas for the animals. We encourage ideas and hope they can still be a part of our family. 


  • Volunteers ages 13-17 must attend volunteer orientation with a parent/guardian.

  • Volunteers ages 13-15 are Junior Volunteers. They must be supervised by an adult (21 years+ who has attended an Orientation) at all times.


We require all volunteers who want to work with the animals hands-on to attend an entire volunteer orientation with HSEC.


If you are volunteering for an off-site fundraiser or event, you do not have to attend orientation.