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Animal Care and Control

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer with Fort Worth Animal Care & Control.


 

Volunteer with the Fort Worth Animal Shelter!

 

Want to make a difference? Join us!

There are so many ways to volunteer your time to help Fort Worth Animal Care and Control (FWACC). We could not save more than 90% of the pets who come through our doors annually without our incredible volunteer team. If you're passionate about helping people and pets, we have a "job" for you!

Volunteers are needed for almost everything we do, but our biggest volunteer needs are:

  • Adoption Matchmaker- help families find their perfect match among the 300 or more pets waiting at our shelter. 
  • Dog Enrichment Program - provide enrichment (in the form of toys, treats, and more) to pets in our care. Enrichment is critically important to help pets stay mentally and physically stimulated while they are in the confinement of a shelter.
  • Dog Walking- walk, socialize and train selected pets in our care that are most in need!
  • Paw-parazzi - help photograph the pets in our care waiting for their homes. By having clear, distinguishing photos showcasing the animals personality, it helps increase their adoptability and connect them with their new family.
  • Play Group Monitors - with over 300 dogs in our shelter on any given day, we rely on our play yard areas to help dogs get much needed exercise and enrichment in play groups. These volunteers help us monitor the yards and ensure the play groups are safe and fun for every dog involved.
  • Greeters - help potential adopters find their way around the shelter and meet adoptable cats and dogs
  • Off-Site Adoption Centers/Events - assist with adoption matchmaking, cleaning and greeting potential adopters at our two off-site adoption centers and off-site adoption events
  • General assistance with cleaning, laundry, dishes, and more!
  • Foster Volunteers - volunteering in our foster care program is an extremely rewarding opportunity for individuals and families. Our foster program allows pets that are too young for adoption, who are recovering from an illness or injury, or who are in need of other care to stay in private homes until they are ready to be adopted.

    Click here to learn more about our foster program.

 

Looking for group activities?

We love having volunteer groups visit us! We are able to accommodate groups of at least 5 but no more than 8 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 three weeks in advance. Scheduling is made on a first come, first-served basis. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Melanie Pena @ melanie.pena@fortworthtexas.gov be sure to include the preferred date, time, and names of volunteers in your email). 

By choosing to volunteer, you will have the opportunity to strengthen our great city by connecting with families, neighbors, and communities through service. Your help is very much appreciated by staff and the shelter pets - help us make a difference in your community!

 

     

General Interests

Adoption Matchmaker

Primarily assists customer service staff with customer service duties in either the lobby, dog kennels, or outside play yards/runs. This position is a support counseling role. All final adoption decisions are made by staff.

• Answers visitor questions and matches visitors to needed resources and services

• Informs visitors of behavioral and/or medical information, previous owner surrender notes on particular animals by accessing shelter database software. (Using shelter tablet. Kiosk or computers)

• Provides guidance on animals that are a good fit for the visitor’s household – pet matching

• Assists visitors with finding a staff member or Dog Walking volunteer to safely remove animal from the kennel for a meet and greet, if necessary

• Encourages foster or field trip/slumber party for potential adopters not yet ready to adopt

 

Required training: Volunteer orientation, Dog Handling class, Cat Handling class

Orange Dot Crew (Dog Walking Volunteer)

Dogs with orange stickers on their kennel cards are dogs that would prefer to be the only pets in their new home. Because of this, they do not get as much yard time daily and require more one on one socialization and enrichment!

This program matches selected orange sticker dogs with volunteers to provide them daily time out of their kennel. It’s been proven that daily outdoor time combined with consistency, routine, and structure help keep these dogs mentally sane and more adoptable.

Requirements: Ability to dedicate 1-2 hours per week to the program

Must attend volunteer orientation, dog handling class

Paw-Parazzi Photo Volunteer

This volunteer position assists with photographing and writing quick bios for animals available for adoption. Having a good, clear picture of the animal as well as a biography about their personality drastically increases their chance at getting adopted quicker.  Volunteers in this position would:

• Work alongside Dog Program volunteers to walk, interact with and photograph adoptable dogs in the shelter

• Submit 2-3 pictures (a clear, front facing photo and an interactive photo) to shelter staff

• Submit a dog bio to the shelter staff, describing the animals observed likes, dislikes or personality traits

 

Requirements: Volunteer Orientation, Dog and/or Cat Handling class

Animal Fostering Program

Become a foster hero!

As the city of Fort Worth's only open admission shelter, we never turn away a pet in need. 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.  As a foster parent, you are a volunteer and helping us save lives of shelter pets in need. Whether you are able to commit to just an afternoon or a longer opportunity, we have a verity of ways for you to get involved.

 

Foster parents are most in need for:

  • Short term foster placement, such as an Out and About day trip or overnight sleepover. 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! Find out more about this type of fostering below.
  • Medium-large adult dogs who have been in the shelter for longer than 30 days! Some animals (through no fault of their own!) can be passed by in the shelter. These "hidden gems" often times just need to get out of the shelter and have someone advocating for them to find an adopter.
  • 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

How to foster:

  1. Fill out our foster form (link on the right).
  2. You will recieve a welcome email within 72 hours of submitting your application. Read through the email to find your foster manual for more information on setting up an appointment.

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.

 

You can view our dashboard of pets currently available for foster by clicking here. Please note: this list is updated frequently, but some animals may have already found their forever or foster homes!

 

Please email FWACCfoster@fortworthtexas.gov if you have any questions.

General Interests

Fire Department

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Forestry

No matter your level of expertise, whether you're interested in helping out for a day or wanting a more long-term commitment, the Forestry Section has a volunteer opportunity for you. 

Volunteer workdays at the Tree Farm projects can vary by season, but often include transplanting trees into containers; planting in the tree fields; weeding; staking and trying trees; and organizing the tree inventory. Bring your family, friends, co-workers and fellow tree enthusiasts. Rain or shine, we'll be here with something to do for every physical activity level. 

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Keep Fort Worth Beautiful

Keep Fort Worth Beautiful (KFWB) is an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful that has served our community for more than 40 years. Our mission is to educate and engage Fort Worth residents and businesses to take responsibility for improving their community environment.

KFWB has three goals:

  • End Littering
  • Improve Recycling
  • Beautify Communities

We encourage all residents, businesses and visitors to become a volunteer to help prevent litter and make a difference in our community!

If you have any questions, please contact us at KFWB@fortworthtexas.gov  OR our website for more information: fortworthtexas.gov/kfwb

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Log Cabin Village

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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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Neighborhood Services

General Interests

Andrew "Doc" Session Community Center

Location:

Andrew "Doc" Session Community Center

201 South Sylvania Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76111

 

Reports to:   Linda Beltram

                      Community Center Supervisor

Como Community Center

Location:

Como Community Center

4900 Horne Street

Fort Worth, TX 76107

 

Reports to:   Clara Kirby

                       Community Center Supervisor

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Location:

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

5565 Truman Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76112

 

Reports to:   Paula Jackson

                      Community Center Supervisor

North Tri-Ethnic Community Center

Location:

North Tri-Ethnic Community Center

2950 Roosevelt Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76106

 

Reports to:   Arturo Mercado

                      Community Center Supervisor

Northside Community Center

Location:

Northside Community Center

1100 N.W. 18th Street

Fort Worth, TX 76164

 

Reports to:   Eric Lopez

                      Community Center Supervisor

Southside Community Center

Location:

Southside Community Center

959 East Rosedale Street

Fort Worth, TX 76104

 

Reports to:   Felicia Johnson

                      Community Center Supervisor

Worth Heights Community Center

Location:

Worth Heights Community Center

3551 New York Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76110

 

Reports to:   Deierdre Jimerson

                      Community Center Supervisor

Park and Recreation

We are currently only accepting applications on a very limited basis.  Please check back with us once the COVID 19 virus threat has passed.  

If you are looking to serve during this state of emergency, please visit http://fortworthtexas.gov/COVID-19/volunteer/ to discover ways to help.

Chisholm Trail Community Center

Location:

Chisholm Trail Community Center

4936 McPherson Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX 76123

 

Reports to:  

Sharetta Goodwin

Community Center Supervisor

Diamond Hill Community Center

Location:

Diamond Hill Community Center

1701 N.E. 36th Street

Fort Worth, TX 76106

 

Reports to:  

Jacob Lohse

Community Center Supervisor

Eugene McCray Community Center

Location:

Eugene McCray Community Center

4932 Wilbarger Street

Fort Worth, TX 76119

 

Reports to:  

 

Community Center Supervisor

Fire Station Community Center

Location:

Fire Station Community Center

1601 Lipscomb Street

Fort Worth, TX 76104

 

Reports to:  

Daniel Leach

Community Center Supervisor

Greenbriar Community Center

Location:

Greenbriar Community Center

5200 Hemphill Street

Fort Worth, TX 76115

 

Reports to:  

James Turner 

Community Center Supervisor

Handley Meadowbrook Community Center

Location:

Handley Meadowbrook Community Center

6201 Beaty Street

Fort Worth, TX 76112

 

Reports to:  

Robbie Samuel

Community Center Supervisor

Highland Hills Community Center

Location:

Highland Hills Community Center

1600 Glasgow Road

Fort Worth, TX 76134

 

Reports to:  

Terrance Jones 

Community Center Supervisor

Hillside Community Center

Location:

Hillside Community Center

1201 East Maddox Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76104

 

Reports to:  

Delana Jones

Community Center Supervisor

Park Research and Assessment

 

Casino Beach Park Sign

The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department is creating individual webpages for each of the 290+ parks in the city. We’d like to include history, natural features & iNaturalist info on each park’s webpage. We are seeking volunteers to help us with the following:

 

  • Research & compile history for specific parks (history of previous owners, location within community, archaeology of site, etc.)
  • Compile natural history information (flora, fauna, soils, geology, etc.)
  • Points of interest at each park
  • Continue adding iNat observations
  • Take quality photos of significant features of each park
  • A field component for assessing the park will be phase 2 of the program.

 

Registration & online training is required.

Reports to:
Michelle Villafranca

R.D. Evans Community Center

Location:

R.D. Evans Community Center

3242 Lackland Road

Fort Worth, TX 76116

 

Reports to:  

Jim Feltz

Community Center Supervisor

Riverside Community Center

Location:

Riverside Community Center

3700 East Belknap Street

Fort Worth, TX 76111

 

Reports to:  

David Keith

Community Center Supervisor

Southwest Community Center


Location:

Southwest Community Center

6300 Welch Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76133

 

Reports to:  

Nicholle Wilson

Community Center Supervisor

Sycamore Community Center

Location:

Sycamore Community Center

2525 East Rosedale Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76105

 

Reports to:  

Aaron Muhammad

Community Center Supervisor

Thomas Place Community Center

Location:

Thomas Place Community Center

4237 Lafayette Avenue

Fort Worth, TX 76107

 

Reports to:  

Karen Stuhmer 

Community Center Supervisor

Victory Forest Community Center

Location:

Victory Forest Community Center

3427 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth, TX 76110

 

Reports to:  

Peggy McCoy

Community Center Supervisor

Police Department - Citizens on Patrol

           Thank you for your interest in Citizens on Patrol (COP)

Citizens on Patrol volunteers act as additional "eyes and ears" for the Fort Worth Police Department, within neighborhoods. Citizens volunteer time to actively patrol their neighborhoods to watch for and report suspicious and/or criminal activity. They receive training involving vehicle, bicycle, and foot patrol and the use of their radio. Volunteers choose the days and times they wish to patrol and they adhere to no fixed schedule.  

 

General Interests

Teen Court

Fort Worth Teen Court


Teen Court is a voluntary program that allows teens to perform community service and jury duty in lieu of paying fines for citations received from the City of Fort Worth. Successful completion of Teen Court results in dismissal of the citation and a clean record. Participants plead their case before a teen jury, the members of which then determine the appropriate community service hours to be performed within a three-month period.

Youth and adult volunteers are essential to the success of Teen Court. 

Youth volunteers are required to be 13 to 18 years old.  Youth can volunteers as jurors or teen attorneys.  Volunteering as a teen attorney or a juror is a great opportunity for young people to increase their knowledge of the judicial system, develop critical thinking, improve decision making skills and provide service to the community. All volunteer hours will be logged and can be applied toward college admission and scholarship requirements.

Adult volunteers will facilitate and monitor hearings and assist with paper work. Volunteers with experience or training in the judicial/legal field are needed to assist with training teen attorneys and to preside as judges for Teen Court hearings. 

Adult volunteers will see the positive impact the program has on teen volunteers and youth referred to the program. They will witness young people find their voice, develop confidence and learn the importance of being accountable for their actions. 

Teen Court meets on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 7:30pm at the A.D. Marshall Public Safety & Courts Building in Downtown Fort Worth.  We are able to accommodate volunteers looking for long term, short term and occasional opportunities.  Thank you for your interest in Teen Court. Hope to be working with you soon!

 

General Interests

Juror

Jurors must be 13-18 years old and currently enrolled in middle school or high school.  Jurors will listen to the facts of the case and make a determination on the number of community service hours each participant will receive.

Opportunities for juror are available each teen court session.

**Youth volunteer opportunity

 

Teen Court Judge

Volunteers who have an interest in judging teen court hearings are preferred to have training or experience in the judicial/legal field.  Judges will preside over the teen court hearings providing guidance to teen attorneys and jurors. 

**Adult volunteers opportunity

 

 

 

 

Tribunal Faciliator

Tribunals hearings consist of an adult facilitator and 3-6 member teen jury panel.  The participants pleads their case before the jury and the jury questions the participant.  The jury will decide the number of community service hours to be assigned.  Adult facilitators will maintain order during the hearing, encourage jury members to listen and ask questions, offer guidance when appropriate, complete teen court paperwork based on the outcome of the hearing. 

**Adult volunteers opportunity

 

Front Desk Clerk

The front desk clerk will be responsible for checking in participants, teen attorneys, jurors and adult volunteers. Front desk clerk will also check-out participants, ensure that they have all necessary paperwork and monitor participants in the waiting area. 

**Adult volunteer opportunity

Teen Attorney Trainer

Volunteers who have an interest in training teen attorneys are preferred to have training or experience in the judicial/legal field. Trainers will facilitate initial and on going training  for teen attorneys.  Trainers will also assist teen attorneys in preparing cases for hearings.  

**Adult volunteer opportunity

 

Jury Monitor / Floater

Jury Monitor/ floater volunteers will monitor teen attorneys during case preparation, call cases for hearings, review teen court forms with participants following hearings, assign jurors and facilitate jury deliberation.

**Adult volunteer opportunity