Learn and Volunteer In-Person

Ages 14 to 17

The Charleston Animal Society generally requires all volunteers to be 18 years or older. However, we are excited to be able to extend an opportunity to teenagers, 14 to 17, interested in volunteering! We have created a program to educate highly motivated and mature students on all the ins and outs of volunteering at the shelter. After completing this program successfully, students will be able to take on the important responsibility of working with shelter animals unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • This program is offered from October through March.
  • Classes meet twice a month, unless otherwise stated in schedule.
  • Classes are from 3-5 pm Sunday afternoons.
  • Attendance to all animal handling meetings are required. Sorry, no “make-ups”. 
  • The program fee is $250 per participant. Refunds will not be available to participants unable to complete the program. Program fees help offset the cost associated with staffing, materials, and shirt provided.
  • Scholarships are available. For more details, contact Heather Grogan at hgrogan@charlestonanimalsociety.org

Graduation Requirements: 

  • 5-8 minute oral presentation
  • Service project 
  • Adherence to attendance policy
  • Passing of written tests & hands-on demonstration of safe animal handling 

Note: Attendance alone does not constitute graduation.  All requirements above must be met in order to become a volunteer.  After graduation, students must volunteer regularly to maintain the privilege of volunteering.

Program Dates 2021-2022:

Sunday, October 10th Orientation 

Sunday, October 31st

Sunday, November 14th *Mandatory Session

Sunday, December 12th

Sunday, January 9th *Mandatory Session

Sunday, January 23rd

Sunday, February 13th

OPTIONAL Monday, February 21st, 10am-12pm  *Surgery Day

Sunday, March 13th

Sunday, March 27th Presentations/Graduation

To safely hold in-person shelter programs this fall, we have made the below adjustments:

  • Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises.         
  • Keeping class sizes smaller than previous years, and keeping participants socially distanced when possible.
  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices through providing hand sanitizer and allowing additional breaks for hand washing.
  • Requesting that unvaccinated staff and participants wear a cloth face covering when indoors and in times when physical distancing is difficult.  Participants will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors.
  • Vaccinated youth who provide proof of vaccination will not be required to wear face coverings.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, September 24th.

Teen Club Road Map 


  • 75% refund 14 days or more prior to first day of program.
  • 50% refund 7 days prior to first day of program.
  • 25% refund 4 days prior to first day of program.
  • No refunds will be issued 3 days or less prior to the first day of program.