The Austin Animal Center supports the Community Service Restitution (CSR) program for the City of Austin Municipal Court through our volunteer program. This invaluable partnership helps in areas of the shelter where staff and volunteers need extra assistance. CSR volunteers will rarely work directly with the animals, but will support the shelter and the animals in our care by doing laundry, dishes, enrichment activities, sanitizing cages and other duties as they are needed. Physical requirements of assigned tasks involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying and using a force equal to 50 pounds with or without accommodation.

The CSR program is available for participation Sunday-Saturday between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm, scheduled ahead of time. Participants must be at least 17 years old and will review and sign Austin Animal Center paperwork at their first shift. A photo ID will be required at each shift and training will be provided with each task.

To get scheduled, please apply here.

All applicants are screened to determine eligibility. If you have questions please call us at 512-978-0533 or email