Dallas Animal Services

Education and Youth


​The education focus of the Dallas Animal Services Volunteer Program has been able to reach youth from first grade through high school seniors, enriching them with engaging activites that focus on the care, responsibility, compassion, health, and safety of pets. The primary issues tackled in these educational environments are the loose and stray dog population in the city and feral cat communities that emphasize the importance of spay/neutering and lessons on how youth’s actions, even at such young ages, impact the greater Dallas community.

Kids Reading to Pets (grades K-12)

Students in grades K-12 can visit DAS for a unique opportunity to practice their reading skills among an attentive audience of shelter animals and in return improve shelter animal behavioral development through youth socialization and engagement. This program is targeted for school groups but has also been used for community student programs. Schedule a Kids Reading to Pets field trip by clicking here.

Youth Enrichment Shelter Visits (grades K-12)

Youth groups of three students or more (ages 18 or younger with a group sponsor/adult chaperone) may visit the shelter to learn more about issues around animal welfare and the kind of impact DAS has in their communities. These educational visits include a tour, visits with our shelter animals, and an enriching activity that includes making toys and treats for the shelter animals. Previous groups that have visited included local school groups, Girls Scouts of America, Boys Scouts of America, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan Dallas, YMCA, Girls Inc. and many more. Schedule an upcoming visit here.

Externships and Internships (college credit only)

Currently enrolled collegiate students pursuing either a DVM or VT may join DAS for hands-on experiences in shelter medical services. Externs will explore processes in Lost & Found, Adoptions, Field Services, Rescue, and Emergency Care. Previous students attended Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biology Sciences and Cedar Valley College Veterinary Technician programs.

PAWS Partners Club (grades K-12)

This in-school program partners local schools with DAS to highlight significant animal welfare topics in community, career, and care. Students learn from DAS ambassadors through classroom lessons and hands-on activities, plus field trips to DAS. To register your school for consideration as a PAWS Partners Club, click here.

Youth Service Hours for School Credit (grades 6-12)

Youth seeking service hours for school civic and service groups like National Honor Society, Beta Club, 4H, and more, they are welcome to complete their hours at DAS. Those needing service hours can arrange an experience by emailing us at DASVolunteer@dallascityhall.com.

Arts in the Shelter (All Ages)

This program enriches the shelter through the beauty of the creative and visual arts. School art clubs and individual youth artists may consider classroom projects and student leadership projects. Previously, this program included vocal groups visiting the shelter to serenade our shelter pets. If you are an individual or group wanting to bring your creative arts to DAS, click here.