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Volunteer Information Session

Next date is Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:30am
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Positions107 Remaining
Age Limit13 and up


1) Attend an Info Session (dates listed here)
2) Follow the instructions in the background check email you receive after the Info Session.
3) As soon as your background check clears, you will be contacted with instructions on to begin volunteering!

Want to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets in America’s largest No Kill city? Here are just some of the positions you’ll be able to choose from:

  • Canine Concierge volunteers: 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.  11am-7pm daily
  • 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.  Enrichment 7am-11am & 7pm-10pm, Adoption 11am-7pm daily
  • 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!  7am-11am & 7pm-10pm daily
  • Clean team: Do you love to organize and clean? We need your help managing our donations, stuffing, handing-out and cleaning Kong toys, and helping with basic tasks like spot cleaning and dishes and laundry.  7am-10pm daily
  • 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.  11am-7pm weekends, 4-7pm weekdays

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!

What should you bring to an Information Session?

  • If you are under the age of 17, your parent or guardian must attend orientation with you. 
  • Wear comfortable clothing - we can't adjust the temperature in the room.
  • Wear clothing appropriate for interacting with the animals if you are attending the enrichment orientation.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes...this is a must!

Call us with questions.  Please cancel your registration ASAP if you will not be in attendance.  This will allow others to register for your slot.

Sarah Luce & Amanda Wood

Volunteer Program Coordinators

If you are 13-14 years of age, a parent or guardian must volunteer with you at all times. If you are 15-16 years of age, then a parent or guardian must attend the Info Session with you, but you can volunteer on your own.

All volunteers are required to complete a Criminal Background Investigation prior to starting as a volunteer, more information will be provided at the Information Session.
3,138 Positions Filled | 1,478 Impacts | 2,690 Hours

Location: 7201 Levander Loop, Austin, TX 78702, United States

Upcoming Dates


Cierra Bair wrote on October 10th, 2016

when will more dog enrichment information sessions be made?

GivePulse profile picture of Animal Services Volunteer Team Animal Services Volunteer Team  2 weeks ago
Hi Cierra, We are working through a total revamp of the dog volunteer program and wanted to make sure we had all the latest info prepared before setting more dates. Thanks for your patience! We should be scheduling more dates this week and will have a few different days of the week and times of day available, so please check back soon.

Louis Dubuque wrote on October 4th, 2016

If someone drops out of the October 11, 3:30 PM time let me know otherwise I will be out of town from Oct 24 until Nov 8 and will look for a time then, Thanks Louis Dubuque

Ariela Choiniere wrote on August 31st, 2016

My daughter, who is turning 13 Friday, wants to get trained to be a volunteer as her birthday wish. She'd like to do this with me, her dad, a family friend, and her brother (who is 15). Can you get us scheduled for a training session this weekend? thank you! Leela Fireside

Shiu Mei Bassette wrote on August 28th, 2016

Are Dog Volunteer training Sessions available during weekend morning hours?

Valerie Chacon wrote on June 11th, 2016

I would like to attend orientation and become an active volunteer, but I cannot attend this Saturday at those times, maybe in the afternoon? Is there another orientation opportunity available ?

Jess Hannan wrote on May 19th, 2016

Just got home from the Cat Enrichment Orientation, and I am excited to get started!

Serena Wei wrote on May 7th, 2016

if i can not speak more english , can i be the volunteer ?

EBONY ALLEN wrote on March 2nd, 2016

Hello everyone, I new to Austin, look forward to meeting you all.

Angela Hrapchak wrote on February 2nd, 2016

I would love to volunteer with my 13 year old but I'm a teacher and cannot attend the new volunteer orientation on a school day at 3:00. Are there other new volunteer orientation dates on Saturday/Sunday or evening times?

Nicole Hutchison wrote on November 10th, 2015

Can you have a session on a Friday afternoon or Saturday? I'm interested in:

Adoption Specialist & Greeter orientation
Cat & Dog Volunteer Enrichment Orientation