Volunteer Opportunities in Dallas: Animals
updated July 2019
Want to make a difference? Do you love animals? Here are some opportunities to give back to your community while also getting to play with puppies and kitties!
Dallas Pets Alive!
The goal of Dallas Pets Alive! is to make North Texas no-kill, and they need your help! Volunteers help with events, spend time with the animals, and in some cases, foster homeless animals until they find their forever home. You can also aid with transport, admin, photography and other more “back-end” roles. In order to get started, you just need to have a love of animals, be able to represent yourself and DPA in a professional manner, and fill out a volunteer form! Visit their website for more details and to fill out your online application.
SPCA of Texas
The SPCA has so many different ways for you to volunteer with them! With two locations, one in Dallas and one in McKinney, they need all hands on deck. You can sign up exclusively to foster, or you can help them with a variety of odds and ends at either location: morning cleaning and animal care, walking and socializing dogs, socializing cats, grooming, animal and event photography, office support, and more. Head to their website to get started!
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Humane Society of Dallas County
With limited staff, the Humane Society needs as many volunteers as possible to help with their animals. Fill out an application on their website to help them with pet socializing, adoptions, events and marketing, community and media, or help with their foster program! HSDC is located on Manor Way in Dallas.
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Paws in the City
Paws in the City is always in need of volunteers; it is an all-volunteer organization where their animals are either fostered or boarded at kennels! That means they i. d.o.n.t have their own shelter. In order to provide as much support to the animals, both medically and otherwise, they don’t have any paid staff. Like most shelters, they have volunteer opportunities in adoption and in fostering, but because they don’t have paid staff members, they are also looking for volunteer photographers, event coordinators, volunteer liaisons, and more!
Dallas Animal Shelter
The Dallas Animal Shelter is the official shelter of the City of Dallas. Ongoing volunteer openings include animal enrichment and socialization, adoption support, and fostering. However, if you’re looking for group volunteer opportunities or one-time events, they will take that support as well! DAS has off-site adoption events all the time, and is always looking for help. Take a look at the city’s website for all of their volunteer opportunities.
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Dallas Companion Animal Project
The DCAP’s mission is to strengthen the connection between people and animals. They offer programs to address their five main initiatives: spay/neuter, pet owner outreach, pet placement support, awareness and education, and feral and community cats. One of the coolest things they do is offer free spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners who otherwise could not afford to have their pets fixed. Ready to get involved? Visit their website for more info!
If you’re a true Snow White and love all animals, not just dogs and cats, the Dallas Zoo offers volunteer opportunities as well! If you’re fairly well-versed in animal care already, this is a perfect opportunity to put your knowledge to use. The zoo has several different opportunities: animal nutrition center volunteers, horticulture volunteers, special event volunteers, and more. You can apply on their website!