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.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
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
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!
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.
Andrew "Doc" Session Community Center
Como Community Center
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
North Tri-Ethnic Community Center
Northside Community Center
Southside Community Center
Worth Heights Community Center
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
Diamond Hill Community Center
Eugene McCray Community Center
Fire Station Community Center
Greenbriar Community Center
Handley Meadowbrook Community Center
Highland Hills Community Center
Hillside Community Center
Mobile Recreation Program
R.D. Evans Community Center
Riverside Community Center
Southwest Community Center
Sycamore Community Center
Thomas Place Community Center
Victory Forest Community Center
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.
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!
Teen Attorneys must be 13-18 years old and currently enrolled in middle school or high school. Teen Attorneys are required to make at least a one semester commitment, fall (August-December), spring (January - April), summer (May-July).
- review offenses
- counsel with participant about offense
- prepare opening and closing statements
- question witnesses
- follow court room procedures and Teen Court rules
**Youth volunteer opportunity
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
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
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
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
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