The Volunteer Program of AAC is open to individuals that meet the following criteria and agree to:
Complete a criminal background investigation*
Complete a fingerprint scan (those who have lived outside Texas in the last 10 years)*
Be at least 13 years of age with an adult of 21+ enrolling as a volunteer with you
Be at least 15 years of age with an adult of 21+ attending orientation with you.
Contribute at least six hours monthly
Support the mission and objectives of Austin Animal Center
Have regular access to the Internet and have an email address (libraries and neighborhood centers are great resources)
*There is no cost for investigations or fingerprint scans, and volunteers who are ONLY trappers are not required to complete a background check.
Volunteer Jobs and/or Tasks
All volunteers will receive training associated with a particular job or assignment according to shelter needs.
Some examples of volunteer job opportunities include:
Concierge/ Customer Service - engaging our visitors with the animals, explaining the process for adopting or reclaiming a pet, answering questions, matching potential adopters with pets that may be a good fit for their household
Dog/Cat Enrichment (large & small dog breeds) - training the dogs to have good manners, taking them on walks and reinforcing house training skills; socializing and comforting the cats
Cat Nebulization - treating kitties sick with upper respiratory infections
Outreach Volunteer - participating with activities in the community about responsible pet ownership
Photography - updating our website photos with dog & cat glamour shots
Volunteer Hours and Scheduling
Volunteers are needed daily between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. Volunteer jobs begin at different times of the day depending on the task to be completed. You will be expected to commit 6 hours of volunteer service to a particular job each month. More information is available at orientation. Volunteers are expected to create an account in Givepulse to track volunteer service hours and register for calendar shifts. More details will be provided after enrollment.
NEW: No application necessary prior to attending a New Volunteer Orientation. Applications will be available at the orientation for those interested in becoming a Austin Animal Center volunteer.
We are currently seeking assistance for particular jobs, each with their own particular orientation
Click the “Register” button next to the job orientation date that you wish to attend. You mayONLY choose 1 date! We need volunteers in focused areas. If you do not end up liking the job area that you have registered for, then you can register to attend a different job area orientation.
Please note: The Austin Animal Center does not offer "Community Service Restitution" hours.
If you only wish to participate in our Community Cats Program as a trapper volunteer, then please submit the below Trapper Volunteer Application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail in a copy to Austin Animal Center, Attn: Community Cats, 7201 Levander Loop Austin, TX 78702