Volunteer Info & FAQ

Current volunteers must sign up here in order to enter the shelter building. Please be sure to wear a mask and follow posted guidelines.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer orientations have been canceled until further notice. Please check back here for future updates.

Volunteer Orientation

Feel free to attend one of our monthly volunteer meetings (check our calendar for dates). You will need to attend a new volunteer orientation session. The orientations are scheduled the first Saturday of each month, 11:00AM at the shelter and are limited to 20 volunteers. We have started to schedule one additional Orientation during each month, either on a Wednesday evening or a Sunday morning.


Volunteers may download a booklet regarding volunteer policies. We look forward to meeting you!

You can print, fill out, and bring the Volunteer Application with you.

Volunteers may download a Volunteer Presentation about opportunities available at the shelter.

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator

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Is there an age requirement to volunteer? + -

Yes. General volunteers must be at least 14 years old and dog walkers must be at least 16 years old.

Do you take group volunteers? + -

Yes, the shelter does take small groups of volunteers, usually no more than 10 or 12 people at a time. These sessions are scheduled directly with the shelter. Please contact Rose at the shelter at 908-725-0308.

What are some of the things I would do as a volunteer? + -

There are a number of different ways you can help as a volunteer. Most needed are morning cat room cleaners. In the afternoon, volunteers can help with feeding and cat socialization. After attending a dog handling session, volunteers can walk and work with the dogs.

In addition to working directly with the animals, we also need front desk greeters. There are many other things volunteers can do such as laundry, cleaning, gardening, public outreach, mailing help, working on fundraisers, etc. If you have a special skill set you can discuss this at the volunteer orientation.

Is there a minimum number of hours a month to volunteer? + -

There is no minimum number of hours one has to volunteer. Some people volunteer a couple hours a month, some people volunteer every day. It depends on how you want to help and how much time you have to give.

How can I begin working with the dogs? + -

In order to work with dogs one must first attend our regular volunteer orientations.  After attending that, you must sign up for a dog handling session to be able to work with the dogs.


The Friends of Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (FOSRAS), a 501(c)(3) corporation, is a volunteer group designed to support the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter (SRAS).

Contact us

100 Commons Way
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807