Hikes with Hounds

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About the Program

Burlington Animal Services has partnered with both Burlington and Graham's Recreation & Parks departments to provide Hikes with Hounds.

Hikes with Hounds matches trained volunteers with shelter dogs on a once-a-month, group hike on local trails in Alamance County. This volunteer opportunity offers adoptable dogs at Burlington Animal Services an enrichment activity that allows the dogs to enjoy nature, socialize with people and exercise. (It does the same for volunteers!)

About the Hikes with Hounds Program

Burlington Animal Services has partnered with both Burlington and Graham's Recreation & Parks departments to provide Hikes with Hounds. 

Hikes with Hounds matches trained volunteers with shelter dogs on a once-a-month, group hike on local trails in Alamance County. This volunteer opportunity offers adoptable dogs at Burlington Animal Services an enrichment activity that allows the dogs to enjoy nature, socialize with people and exercise. (It does the same for volunteers!)

Becoming a Volunteer



Volunteer Requirements
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be able to hike up to 4 miles at a moderate pace on uneven and natural surface terrain
  • Must attend volunteer orientation training before becoming a trail dog walker (see below)
  • Complete Hikes with Hounds Registration and Waiver form and submit a copy of photo ID prior to first hike
Orientation Training
To become a volunteer with Hikes with Hounds, participants must attend a one-time Volunteer Orientation Training hosted by Burlington Animal Services prior to any volunteering or hiking.

Information on upcoming training can be found on the Burlington Animal Services 
web page or by contacting Laura Michel by email or calling 336-578-0343, opt. 5.

Perspective volunteers should complete the online registration form and waiver (or bring the paper registration form to the training). In addition, all volunteers must turn in a copy of a photo ID at the training or prior to their first hike.  

Volunteer Orientation Training

To become a volunteer with Hikes with Hounds, participants must attend a one-time Volunteer Orientation Training at Burlington Animal Services prior to any volunteering or hiking. Information on upcoming trainings can be found on the Burlington Animal Services web page or by contacting Laura Michel by email or 336-578-0343, opt. 5. Perspective volunteers should bring the Hikes with Hounds registration form and a copy of your photo ID to turn in at the training. 
For more information, please email Melissa Hoose at mhoose@burlingtonnc.gov.