Animal Care and Control
Hoping you are having a wonderful day,
There are so many ways to volunteer your time to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter (FWACC). Whether you want to visit with the animals or offer other services like marketing expertise, event engagement, construction services, or any of the examples below, we could most certainly utilize your time.
Our general volunteer program is open to individuals as young as 13 years of age however, anyone between the ages of 13 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when volunteering at any location. NO EXCEPTION! Volunteers age 16 and older may volunteer on their own.
Read about the way our volunteers go above and beyond to serve our shelter and the shelter pets at http://fortworthtexas.gov/animals/volunteer/
There is a volunteer role for every person as there is always life-saving work to be accomplished. Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Showing available dogs and cats to prospective adopters
- Photographing shelter pets
- Greeting visitors in the front lobby
- Bathing shelter pets
- Assisting clinic and kennel staff
- Attending events to represent the shelter
We love having volunteer groups visit us! We are able to accommodate groups of at least 5 but no more than 25 volunteers, all of whom must be at least 18 years old. We call this our “Day of Service Program”. Opportunities are available most Mondays-Sundays, and must be scheduled at least two (2) week in advance. Scheduling is made on a first come, first-served basis. You can do so by: Sending me an email with your preferred date, time and names of volunteers, so I can add the group to the shelter schedule.
By choosing to volunteer, you will have the opportunity to strengthen our great city by connecting with families, neighbors, and communities through service. Serving others is as easy as taking a shelter dog for a walk, reading to shelter pet, or picking up #2. Make a difference in your community!
Your help is very much appreciated by staff and the shelter pets!
Lydia G. McKaye |Volunteer Coordinator
( 817-392-6244 office ( 817-733-4982 mobile
3741 S.W. Loop 820, Fort Worth, Texas 76133
How am I doing? Feel free to contact my supervisor: Autumn.Jacobo@fortworthtexas.gov
City of Fort Worth — Working together to build a strong community!
Animal Fostering Program
Join the FWACC Foster Program!
Foster caregivers help us save lives of pets recovering from illness or injury, orphaned kittens and puppies, and many other animals that may thrive better in a home environment than in the shelter. Most pets at FWACC that are available for adoption are also available for foster, and we welcome fosters who can take pets into their homes for any length of time. Foster parents help increase the adoptability of these shelter animals by providing care and a foster home during this time of transition from the shelter to an adopter’s home.
Foster parents are most in need for:
- Overnight sleepovers or day trips for adult dogs. Short term foster decreases stress in our animals, gives them a much needed break from the shelter, and helps us gain valuable information about the pet to help match them with their future adopter. This is a great way to try out fostering because it is a short-term commitment that makes a HUGE difference in the life of a shelter pet!
- Puppies/kittens or moms with newborns that are too young to be adopted
- Pets recovering from an illness or injury needing some extra TLC and medical care
- Adult dogs who have been in the shelter for longer than 60 days. Some animals (through no fault of their own!) can be passed by in the shelter. These animals often times just need to get out of the shelter and have someone advocating for them to find an adopter.
How to foster:
- Fill out a volunteer application (link on the right) and sign our foster agreement.
- Our foster coordinator will send a welcome email within 72 hours of you submitting your application and get you set up to come down to the shelter and pick out a foster pet.
- Once you take your foster pet home, you will receive a foster manual.
What does the shelter provide?
- WE provide all vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip and pre-authorized vet care for your foster pet. Food, treats and other basic supplies (beds, crates, leash, etc.) will be supplied to you, depending on availability (these are donation based).
- YOU provide the basics – your home, exercise, space, socialization and love.
Please select the volunteer opportunity you are interested in from the general interest links below, then click "fill in an application" in the top right hand corner under "I would like to volunteer". For more information about the foster program specifically, please email FWACCFoster@fortworthtexas.gov
Nature Center & Refuge
Whether you enjoy being outdoors, learning more about the native plants and wildlife, sharing your love of nature with visitors of all ages, or caring for non-releasable education animals, we would love to find a way for you to make your mark at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.