Volunteer Opportunities

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Thank you for volunteering your time at the Richardson Animal Shelter. The time you will spend at the shelter is a valuable part of keeping our dogs and cats socialized, clean and happy. Your efforts will assist us in maintaining a positive atmosphere and exceptional adoptions.

Below you will find a list of activities that you may be involved in. All of these activities will be supervised by full time shelter staff. Remember, this is a working shelter and you must listen and take your direction from the senior staff and manager. 

Petting a dog


Every volunteer must complete our 1 hour Orientation Class before they may begin volunteering.  We hold the class the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:30 pm.  If you are late, you will be required to reschedule your orientation class. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. You must call in advance to schedule yourself in the class.  In order to join our volunteer program you must be 18 years of age or older.

Volunteer Activities
  • Exercising/Walking/Training adoptable dogs
  • Socializing/playing with adoptable cats
  • Bathing and grooming adoptable dogs and cats
  • Cleaning dog and cat cages
  • Cleaning gerbil, hamster, bird, and other small cages
  • Cleaning the courtyard
  • Feeding small animals
  • Picking up waste around the shelter
  • Cleaning and disinfecting pet carriers
  • Feeding dogs and cats
  • Washing and sanitizing food bowls
 Bathing a dog

Forms and Information

Please download and print all forms and fill out before you arrive.

Notice: Not all community service will be permitted. Please contact the Animal Shelter staff for details.  You must be 18 years of age to perform community service.

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