City of Fort Worth


Search

Animal Care and 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 (most needed for medium and large dogs) - 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.
  • Pawparazzi - 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 Yard 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.

 

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. Volunteers age 16 and older may volunteer on their own.

 

Looking for group activites?

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. Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lydia McKaye, by email at lydia.mckaye@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

Mobile Adoption Events

Promote FWACC’s mission and recruit volunteers, adopters, and donors at special events around town. Work at information tables and booths, hang out with adoptable animals and assist during the adoption process while appropriately representing FWACC. Depending on the event, dog walking, animal handling and pet and crate care may be needed. Locations vary across the city.

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:

  • Medium-large 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.
  • 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

How to foster:

  1. Fill out our foster form (link on the right) and sign our foster agreement.
  2. Our foster coordinator will send a welcome email within 72 hours of you submitting your application, provide you with our foster manual and needed information, and get you set up to come down to the shelter and pick out a foster pet!

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

General Interests

Forestry

General Interests

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

Visit our website for more information: fortworthtexas.gov/kfwb

 

General Interests

Library

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Fort Worth Public Library.  At this time, due to pandemic conditions, we are not utilizing volunteers inside our facilities or in special projects.  We appreciate your willingness to share time and talents with the City of Fort Worth.   Once restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted, we will re-open applications for Library volunteers.  

General Interests

Neighborhood Services

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department.  We are currently not accepting applications.  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.

Como Community Center

Location:

Como Community Center

4900 Horne Street

Fort Worth, TX 76107

 

Reports to:   Clara Kirby

                       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

Park and Recreation

We are currently not accepting applications.  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.

Victory Forest Community Center

Location:

Victory Forest Community Center

3427 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth, TX 76110

 

Reports to:  

Peggy McCoy

Community Center Supervisor