Things to know before completing a Volunteer Application:

  • We are no longer accepting court ordered community service participants
  • All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to volunteer at Five Acres.
  • There is a nonrefundable $15 registration fee which includes a Five Acres Animal Shelter Volunteer t-shirt.
  • If you are a student in need of service hours, please do not fill out this application. Please go back to our Volunteer page, scroll down to visit our Youth Outreach page to learn about the ways you can earn hours. Thank you!

*If you do not plan to pay the registration fee, please do not submit an application. If an application is submitted without the payment being processed, your application will be deleted from our system within one week. The registration fee helps to to offset the cost of our Volunteer t-shirts, our High Five Volunteer Incentive Program, Volunteer Appreciation Events that we host throughout the year, and other things associated with keeping our Volunteer Program running smoothly!  As a nonprofit, we are grateful for your support!

Five Acres Animal Shelter has a small dedicated team that oversees the daily operations of our animal shelter. We rely on our volunteers, who donate their many talents, to help us provide the best care for the animals entrusted to us. Volunteers also assist with our many programs and help spread awareness of our mission.

We have 3 locations and we utilize volunteer help at all 3 locations.  Here are our locations and new volunteer opportunities at each:

Five Acres Canine Clubhouse - 1099 Pralle Lane, St. Charles, MO 63303:

  1. Dog Walking
  2. Dog Enrichment
  3. Dishes and Laundry

Five Acres Kitty Cottage - 1099 Pralle Lane, St. Charles, MO 63303

  1. Cat Enrichment
  2. Morning Light Duty Clean Up
  3. Evening Wrap Up

Five Acres Randolph (dogs and cats in one building) - 2835 W. Randolph, St. Charles, MO 63301

  1. Dog Walking
  2. Cat Kennel Clean Up
  3. Cat Enrichment
  4. Dishes and Laundry

Volunteer Requirements:

- agree to treat all animals with kindness and concern for their welfare

- agree to represent yourself and Five Acres Animal Shelter in a professional manner and treat clients, team members, and other volunteers with respect

- must enjoy working with animals and people; for dog walkers, you need to be comfortable and have experience walking and handling large dogs

- able to commit to volunteering a minimum of 6 hours per month

- wear pants and closed toe shoes while volunteering with our animals

PLEASE NOTE: Most of our Volunteer opportunities at Five Acres include strenuous activity. Volunteering at an animal shelter is rewarding, and it is also a great amount of work. Team Members will rely on you for help when you sign up for shifts - whether it be to walk dogs, clean kennels/floors, do enrichment activities with the animals in our care, or dishes and laundry, etc.,  if you sign up for a shift, our Team will be counting on you to show up!  We appreciate flexibility and working together toward a common goal! 

For opportunities where physical demands are required, volunteers must have the ability/willingness to:

• follow oral and written instructions

• establish effective working relationships with staff, other volunteers, and the public

• function while being exposed to the shelter environment (i.e. constant noise/barking, animal hair and dander, cleaning chemical odors, etc.)

• safely and efficiently operate assigned equipment after appropriate instruction, such as using a washer, dryer, broom, mop, water hose, high pressure washer (equipment used depends on volunteer assignment)

Next steps:

1) Complete the application below. Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming your application submission with a link to process your New Volunteer Registration fee. Thank you in advance!  *If you do not process the Registration Fee, you will not get the email invitation for Orientation.

2) Please give us a few days to process all applications. After we review your application, we will send an invitation to attend a Zoom Volunteer Orientation and give you the opportunity to select a day and time that works for you.

3) After Orientation, we will send you instructions on how to access your Volunteer Page and how to sign up for volunteer shifts and get started!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Five Acres Animal Shelter!

Name and Address

Emergency Contact

Demographic Information

About you!

Please share anything that you would like us to know about your your interest in volunteering with Five Acres!

How did you find us?

Where did you learn about the Five Acres Animal Shelter Volunteer Program?   Five Acres Animal Shelter Website or Facebook Page?   City of St. Charles Facebook Page?  A Friend or relative?  Please share!


We welcome volunteers to work with dogs and/or cats, and we also have volunteer opportunities to help out with non animal care related opportunities, such as our Front Desk/Reception area, Gift Shop, AniMeals Pet Food Pantry Program, Maintenance Crew and Special Events, etc.  Please identify as best as you can if you are interested in primarily working with dogs, cats, both, or helping with an opportunity that is not directly animal care related!

Accommodations Needed

Do you have any accommodations that would need to be considered to volunteer at Five Acres?  If yes, please explain.


Do you need to have someone with you while you volunteer with our animals?  If yes, please share their name, relationship to you, email address, and phone number.


Do you need assistance making decisions?  If yes, please explain.


Do you need assistance following instructions?  If yes, please explain.


Do you have a physical/medical or mental health condition that would affect your ability to volunteer?

Read and Agree to the following:

Terms and Conditions

In consideration of this opportunity to volunteer for the Five Acres Animal Shelter, I agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

I will abide by the Mission Statement, rules, regulations, policies and programs of FAAS while I am a volunteer.

I agree to be supervised by a FAAS employee or designee and will work as a team member with all volunteers.

I will treat all animals, other volunteers, and the general public with dignity and respect.

If I will be providing foster care for any of the Five Acres Animal Shelter animals in my home, I consent to a FAAS representative visiting my home to observe the animals and their living quarters.

I have accurately and truthfully completed this Volunteer Application and Agreement.

I understand that all FAAS volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at Five Acres.

I understand that my profile may be deleted after 6 months of inactivity.

If accepted as a volunteer for Five Acres Animal Shelter, a non-profit corporation, I realize I am not a paid employee and am not covered by any workers' compensation insurance or any other insurance or guaranteed medical payment coverage which would compensate me should I be injured while on the premises of the Five Acres Animal Shelter or off the premises while volunteering for the Five Acres Animal Shelter.

As a volunteer with Five Acres, I recognize and acknowledge that volunteering at an animal shelter can be a very physically demanding task and might bother some people with allergies. While some of these requirements and areas may not apply to me and my specific volunteer opportunity, I understand the risk involved.

I recognize that in handling animals there exists a risk of injury including physical harm caused by the animals. On behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives and executors, I hereby fully release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless forever the Five Acres Animal Shelter, its corporation officers, director, board of directors, agents, servants, employees and other volunteers from any and all things, acts, omission or conditions which may cause me damage or injury or any other problems in any way connected with my services for FAAS, including, but not limited to, animal bites or scratches, accidents, injuries, property damages or veterinary fees. I understand that I cannot be covered under Five Acres Animal Shelter's insurance and I must have my own health insurance provider. I know of no medical or other condition which would prevent me from volunteering at Five Acres Animal Shelter. I also understand that, as a volunteer, I cannot represent the shelter in any legal or incident matters.

I give Five Acres Animal Shelter authority to seek emergency treatment, if necessary, in the event of an accident. I understand that in the event of an accident while performing volunteer services, I will not be covered by Workman's Compensation for medical costs. I fully understand that I am responsible for all medical costs in the event of an accident. I understand that because I may handle animals, it is important to have a tetanus vaccination prior to volunteering and to discuss and understand the importance of being vaccinated with my physician. I understand that whatever decision I make is at my own risk and if my vaccination is not current, I release Five Acres Animal Shelter from all responsibility and liability in the event of personal injury and any complications as the result of me not pursuing the matter further.

Your safety is the primary concern at Five Acres Animal Shelter. All volunteers MUST read and accept the terms below prior to using any chemicals and/or cleaning agents. Proper chemical and cleaning agent dilution and application are essential to an effective cleaning regiment and necessary for the safety of persons using the chemicals. I understand the importance of properly using the chemicals and cleaning agents used here at the animal shelter.

Checking "I agree" indicates that I have read, understand, and agree to the above and am OVER 18 years of age.


I certify that all information on this application is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that filling out a volunteer application does not guarantee my acceptance into the volunteer program.