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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 orientation class before they may begin volunteering.  We hold the class the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  The class begins at 4:30 PM.  You must call in advance to schedule yourself in the class.  In order to join our volunteer program you must be 15 years of age or older.

Volunteer Activities
  • Exercising (Walking) adoptable dogs
  • 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 paper 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.

Not all community service will be permitted; contact Animal Shelter staff for details.  You must be 15 years of age to perform community service.

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Last updated: 2/23/2016 2:44:18 PM