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Health Department Internships

Volunteer Orientations

All orientations are held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm in the training room of the Kent County Animal Shelter. The shelter is located at 740 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. A volunteer coordinator will contact you upon receipt of your application and let you know when to meet for Orientation. Please contact Carly Luttmann or Rachel Jensen, at (616) 632-7300 or, with any questions.

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Positions

Dog Attendant

Assists the Animal Specialists with daily care of dogs in the KCAS adoption program. Provides physical and mental stimulation to maintain overall wellbeing while in the shelter environment. Provides foundation training for basic manners in order to promote animal adoptability. Shifts are limited and staggered to allow the animals to adhere to a basic routine for stimulation and rest times.

Shift Duties

Tier One- Entry Level:

Tier Two- Intermediate *:

Tier Three- Advanced*:

Tier Four- Walker*:

*Volunteers are eligible for promotion to Tier Two, Three and Four at the completion of set levels of hours and with the approval of the Volunteer Coordinators.

Minimum Weekly Commitment: 3 hours

Reports To: Volunteer Coordinators

Shifts Available

Contact Us

Animal Control


740 Fuller Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Animal Shelter
Monday-Friday: 9:30am-6:30pm

Closed for Lunch:
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Adoptions end 1 hour prior to closing.

Closed Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

Adoptions Available:
Mon-Fri 9:30am-Noon, 2pm-5:30pm

(616) 632-7304

(616) 632-7327

Employee Recognition

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