Want to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets in America’s largest No Kill city? At Austin Animal Center, we make volunteering fun, easy, and rewarding. Join us and learn what it feels like to make a difference in the lives of homeless cats and dogs!

Volunteer Jobs

Here are just some of the positions you’ll be able to choose from:

  • Dog Adoption Ambassadors: Help adopters find the right dog for their family. Many visitors walk away without adopting simply because the AAC facility is so large and can be overwhelming. This position’s primary functions are to help people visit with pets including assistance getting dogs out of kennels for visitors, answering questions about each animal and providing education and resources. 
  • Cat Enrichment & Adoption volunteer: Cat whisperers, we need you! AAC can be a scary place for cats, with lots of noise and activity. Cat enrichment volunteers spend time giving extra love and attention to fearful felines, ensuring they are in clean and comfortable kennels. They also make sure rambunctious kittens get much-needed exercise and toys. Providing friendly customer service while assisting visitors in their search for their new family cat is also an integral part of the Cat Volunteer job. 
  • Dog Enrichment volunteer: If you’ve visited AAC, you know there are lots of dogs! Our dog enrichment volunteers make sure all our dogs get the exercise and attention they need to stay happy and healthy while they wait for their homes. Many of our medium and large dogs wait months to find their new families, so dog enrichment volunteers play a lifesaving role. Volunteers can work with dogs both on and offsite and many of our volunteers foster their favorite dogs. Have a training or behavior background? You can help teach our dogs basic obedience skills through positive reinforcement training! 
  • Greeters: Possibly the most important volunteer role in the entire shelter, the greeter is the first person our visitors see when they walk through the door. This position answers questions, guides potential adopters to the appropriate areas and serves as a point of contact for visitors. Studies have shown that how people are greeted has a huge impact on whether or not they adopt a pet, so this role is perfect for outgoing, social people. 
  • Cat and kitten medical assistant: Help care for felines with ringworm, upper respiratory illness and other common medical conditions.
  • Outreach volunteer: Represent AAC at community events, schools, libraries and community centers.

Requirements to Volunteer

  •     Complete a criminal background check as part of initial orientation.
  •     Commit the volunteering six hours per month.
  •     Have regular access to e-mail and have an e-mail address.
  •     13 and 14-year-olds may volunteer with an adult who is also a volunteer
  •     15 and 16-year-olds must have an adult attend orientation with them but can volunteer independently

Ready to Apply to Volunteer?  Complete an Application and Register for a New Volunteer Orientation below.

Questions or problems registering to become an individual volunteer? Please contact us and we’ll help you through the process!

We have volunteer opportunities for group volunteering and court-ordered community service as well, please visit those program pages for specifics. If you wish to only participate in our Community Cats Program as a trapper volunteer, then please submit the below Trapper Volunteer Application to communitycats@austintexas.gov or mail in a copy to Austin Animal Center, Attn:  Community Cats, 7201 Levander Loop Austin, TX 78702