Individual Volunteering

Any individual living within the City of Dallas or its surrounding cities may express interest in volunteering with Dallas Animal Services. Adults over the age of 18 may volunteer at Dallas Animal Services in one of the following ways. Each potential volunteer must attend both a Program orientation and hands-on training before engaging in volunteering.

DAS Ongoing Volunteers
Upon successfully attending a new volunteer orientation and training, volunteers can self-schedule their volunteer experience for either the main shelter in West Dallas or Everyday Adoption Center in North Dallas. Volunteer tasks include positive customer relations encouraging adoptions, walking dogs, cuddling cats, and facilitating shelter facility assistance as needed. DAS Volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 4 hours each month in order to remain in active status. To register for the next orientation, click here.

Special Event/Short-Term Volunteers
Individuals unable to commit to continuous volunteering with Dallas Animal Services have the opportunity to assist in a volunteer capacity for a short-term ranging from a one-time experience for a particular event or special project. Event volunteering includes events like Easter in the Park, Mayor’s Back to School Fair, All Out Trinity’s Bark in the Park, and much more. Short-Term volunteering includes helping with in-classroom teaching, picking up program donations, or facilitating resource tables at outreach and offsite adoption events to name a few. There is no monthly service hour minimum for these events.

Southern Dallas C.A.R.E. (Community Animal Resource Effort) Program
This is Dallas Animal Services’ outreach program to help pet owners keep their pets in their homes while also extending the reach of animal services, resource, and information in under-served areas. Volunteers familiar with the Pets For Life model in community activism and engagement can specifically request to canvas neighborhoods with animal care messaging and resources. Volunteers are needed to provide support to the Southern Dallas C.A.R.E. team in their community outreach efforts. The CARE Program Coordinator is Lily Yap. Orientations for this program occur monthly on the third Sunday of each month. Email Lily to learn more.