Thank you for your interest in volunteering at PEAR!

Our primary goal with volunteering is in educating our community, providing administrative support and more, PEAR volunteers report a deep sense of satisfaction in contributing to the health and well-being of animals while working alongside others who desire to take action on their behalf.

We provide the training for all volunteer positions, so no prior experience is required. Whether feeding orphaned pets, finding homes for cats and kittens, or helping to make an event successful, you can be a part of the life-saving work we do.

Looking for group opportunities? If you'd like to volunteer as a group, be it colleagues or a community group, please refer email us at help@care4pear.com.

Special Note: If you are with a vocational or social services agency working with a client, please contact us at 704.461.3300.



Expectations of PEAR volunteers

  • Dedicated volunteers make up the majority of our workforce and we schedule their hours according to animal care needs. It is vitally important that volunteers show up for their shifts.
  • While people come to PEAR because they love animals, PEAR volunteers must also be able to work well with other people. PEAR isn’t just about animals—it’s about people helping animals.
  • For everyone’s protection, volunteers must use the safe animal handling techniques taught in their required training.
  • All tasks, from cleaning cages to stuffing envelopes, have specific procedures. Volunteers must adhere to these procedures unless a staff member directs them otherwise.
  • Once volunteers know their work routines, they are expected to work with minimal supervision. Following through on tasks ensures the animals are receiving the best possible care. Senior volunteers are always available to answer questions.

Get started

If you're interested in volunteering with Pear, please follow these steps:

  1. Be of age. Volunteer positions have a minimum age requirement of 18. Under 18? Check out our Youth Programs. 
  2. Be in the area. Most opportunities are at PEAR's home location Charlotte, NC area. Please consider the potential commute before applying to volunteer at events. 
  3. Submit an online application.
  4. Attend an orientation. You will learn about the volunteer positions available at PEAR, our history and policies.
  5. Make a commitment. There are some flexible options, but a three- to six-month commitment is required for most volunteer positions.

Volunteer application

Interested in Fostering?

If you're interested in fostering an adoptable pet or for our Project ReUnited program please visit the link below for more info. 

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