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MCACC is proudly the #1 lifesaving open admission shelter in the Valley. The generous support of our volunteer force has made this possible. Volunteers provide care for our homeless animals from walking dogs to matching a family with their new kitten. It's easy to become a MCACC volunteer.

  • Complete and submit this Online Volunteer Application
  • Volunteer Opportunity Locations
  • Attend a New Volunteer Orientation
  • Attend Volunteer Basic Training (Invitation Only)
  • Attend Buddy Day (Hands On training opportunity – scheduled individually)
  • Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age
  • Volunteer Job Descriptions
    • Adoption Counselor: Provide great customer service by facilitating meetings between potential adopters and pets.
    • Kennel Assistant: Seeing to the needs of the animals, which includes spot cleaning, walking/socializing, watering and providing bedding.
    • Animal Caretaker: Taking care of the small dogs in Chi Town and Chi Corner. This is where our small dogs go who are not quite ready for adoption, but will be with your help.
    • Photographer: Making sure all animals have a quality photograph on their file so that our online customers can easily find the pet they’re looking for and lost animals can be reunited with their owners.
    • Groomer: Washing, trimming coats and nails. Some tools are provided, but may need some of your own.
    • Clinic Assistant: Assisting vet techs by cleaning kennels, laundry, assisting in recovery, returning animals to their kennels and assisting in other tasks.
    • Event Assistant: Loading animals onto adoption vehicles, meeting at event sites to walk dogs and assist in adoptions, returning dogs to kennels after events, cleaning vehicles.
    • Day Foster: Take one of our dogs out for a day, a half day or just a couple of hours for a much-needed break from the shelter.
  • Volunteer Time Requirements
    • Training: Training will take approximately 6-8 hours, depending on the capacity in which you would like to volunteer. This can be spread out over 2-3 visits, or most of it can be completed in one day, depending upon your scheduling needs.
    • Volunteering: We ask for a minimum of 8 hours per month. This can be 2 shifts of 4 hours, or 4 shifts of 2 hours, or anything else. We are completely flexible. If your schedule demands much from you, we will happily accept fewer hours, as long as you are able to make it in every month. Volunteer hours are from 10am to 7pm at the shelter locations and 8am to 9pm at the Petsmart location.
Puppy being bottle fed

For a list of upcoming volunteer orientation sessions, please visit our calendar of events.

For more information on voluteering at MCACC, please call (602) 506‑8133.

Foster

To get started, simply fill out the Foster Application and send it to one of our Foster Coordinators.

Questions about becoming a foster parent? Call our West Shelter Foster Coordinator at (602) 372‑1158 or our East Shelter Foster Coordinator at (602) 506‑6279.

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