Dallas Animal Services

Become a DAS Volunteer

​Help Us Save Lives & Achieve Dallas90!

Our volunteers play an integral role in our operations, helping us to increase the number of lives we save, improve the quality of life of the animals in our shelter, and educate our community to help Dallas become home to the nation's best pet owners.

Get Started Today!

To get started as a DAS Volunteer, fill out our Volunteer Application

After your application is accepted, you will be able to take our New Volunteer Orientation online, which includes a short video and comprehension quizDuring this video orientation, you will learn about DAS, our programs and policies, and various volunteer opportunities.  

After you complete the comprehension quiz, you'll be able to attend one of our Welcome Sessions where you'll receive a tour, your volunteer t-shirt, and then be eligible to sign up for Animal Handling training classes or a variety of non-animal handling volunteer roles!*

*Due to the COVID-19 emergency, our Welcome Sessions and Animal Handling training courses are suspended until further notice. All volunteers who have applied and completed our online Volunteer Orientation will be notified when sessions reopen. Please email DASVolunteer@dallascityhall.com with any questions about becoming a new volunteer or adjustments in operations due to COVID-19

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age (please see Minor Volunteers below ). 

Please click here to view our Volunteer Handbook. 

For more information, please contact the DAS Volunteer Coordinator

Minor Volunteers

Volunteers as young as the age of 5 are welcome at DAS, however, there are specific rules surrounding volunteering before the age of 18. 

Minor Age
Eligible Position Types
Under 5Not eligible
Not eligible for any volunteer programs. 
5 - 11yrsAny position that does not require animal handling
Parent/guardian must be present always
Parent/guardian must be present always
16-17yrsOpenParent/guardian must be present for the Welcome Session

Volunteer Activities

We offer a variety of opportunities for our volunteers, including:
  • Animal Enrichment
    • Dallas90 Dog Runners
    • Sunday Strolls
    • Dog Playgroup Assistance
    • Dog Walking and Socialization
    • Cat Clicker Training
    • Cat Socialization
    • Fraidy Cat Team
  • ​Customer Service
    • Adoption Support
    • Offsite Adoption Event Support
    • Community Outreach and Education
  • Animal Marketing
    • D90 Fur-Tographers (NEW!)
    • Pet Bio Team (COMING SOON!)

    Many of our volunteers also become foster parents and help to save the lives of the most vulnerable animals in our shelter by providing them a temporary home away from the shelter. Find out more about fostering now. 

Single Day Volunteer Opportunities for Groups
    • Group Volunteer Opportunities are available for two-hour time frames (longer time frames can be scheduled).
    • Opportunities include taking photos of adoptable animals, making toys, distributing treats, and beautification/organization projects
    • Bringing much-needed donations to the shelter for the animals (i.e., towels, blankets, soft treats, and newspaper)

Sign up your group now!