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Dog Walking and Socialization

Is this job for you?

Do you enjoy taking a dog for a walk or jog? Are you 18+ years of age? Are you looking to get some additional outdoor exercise yourself? Do you want to play a game of fetch or tug-of-war? Then this job is for you!

Volunteers are essential so our dogs get some exercise and develop socialization skills.

Dates Available

365 days a year



  • Morning Shift: 8:00 AM - Noon
  • Afternoon Shift: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Extended Hours on Tuesdays and Fridays:

  • Afternoon Shift: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM 


  • Hours vary on major holidays, such as New Years' Day, Easter, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Check with our Facebook Volunteer Page for special hours.


Note that "Shifts" indicates hours in which you can perform this opportunity. You can work as many (or as little) hours within a shift as you like. We appreciate any help you can provide!


HSYC Rescue
8177 Regent Pkwy, Fort Mill, SC 29708


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete the Volunteer Orientation
  • 5 hour requirements prior prior to scheduling dog walking 1:1 orientation
  • Dog Handling Session
  • Join HSYC Volunteer Facebook page

Volunteers must be willing and able to follow instructions and safety procedures without supervision. We reserve the right to withdraw the privilege of volunteering with our organization.


Our ultimate objective is to increase the chances of our dogs to be adopted, in a shorter amount of time through socialization, while living in a safe, healthy and sanitary environment until they find their FUR-ever home!

Additional objectives are to:

  • Provide exercise, stimulation and play time to reduce stress.
  • Offer opportunities to spend time outside of their kennel and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Provide socialization between humans and other dogs (Approved Volunteers only).


  • Basic dog handling such as retrieving dogs from their kennel, donning their collar or harness, returning to kennel, etc.
  • Walking dogs.
  • Socializing dogs with other dogs and people (Approved Volunteers only - off site events).
  • Spending time with dogs in the yard;  playing fetch, tug-of-war, etc.
  • Picking up dog waste (Please be considerate, especially on walks outside our facility grounds).
  • And of course, giving our dogs LOTS of kisses, love and attention!

TO NOTE: We have all ages, energy and strength levels of dogs. For the safety of our Volunteers and dogs, HSYC reserves the right to assign dogs to walkers based on their observable ability with the dogs. 

Contact Information

Once you have attended the Volunteer Orientation and completed 5 hours of general service at the shelter, you will be eligible to schedule a 1:1 dog walking orientation.


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