500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton MA 01748 508-435-6938

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 to help animals in need. For safety's sake, all volunteers need to be 18 or older.

*** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending our volunteer program for the time being. Please rest assured that our animals are being well cared for during this difficult time. Stay safe and check back!

In-Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

Cat care/cleaning/socialization

In addition to playing with and socializing with the cats, the position involves cleaning the cats’ kennels (hands on work and scooping up of poop!) Hygiene control is very important, as is ensuring that the cats remain stocked up with food, water, bedding, and toys. This ensures they are as healthy and stress free as possible and greatly improves their adoptability. 


Dog care/cleaning/socialization

We are surrounded by acres of wooded trails, as well as a fairly quiet sidewalked road to exercise our awesome dogs! We also have outdoor pens in which to play and socialize with the dogs. The position also involves cleaning and caring for the dogs (hands-on work hosing, feeding, filling water buckets, scooping up of poop, etc). Hygiene control is very important, as is ensuring that the dogs remain stocked up with food, water, bedding, and toys. 

Dog Behavior Team

Once you are acclimated to Baypath’s volunteer program, there are also opportunities for more advanced work with the dogs, including an enrichment and training program geared toward improving the dogs’ quality of life and their adoptability.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Foster a dog or cat in need

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, for medical or behavioral reasons, or simply because they need a quiet place to unwind until they find a new home. We also need foster homes for orphaned kittens as well as mother cats and their kittens. Learn more about joining our foster family!

Hear from one of our dog fosters.

 Learn how fostering makes a difference.

 Meet one of our kitten fosters.


Help transport dogs/cats 

We have many relationships with vets in the area who provide a wide range of medical services to our animals. We always need help transporting our animals to and from the vet, generally for routine shots and surgeries. Sometimes it’s a drop off and other times we need someone willing to wait a half an hour or so for a routine appointment. We also work with many animal control facilities in the state to take in stray animals for adoption. We always need help picking these animals up as well. This can include driving as far as Boston and Springfield or as close as Ashland. This is a great way to make a difference for those whose schedule doesn’t allow for the commitment to a regular shelter shift. 

We are in good shape for now with transports, but please stay tuned!