Volunteering with MCACC 

For information on planning a group volunteer or off-site event, click here.

How to Become an MCACC Volunteer

Thank you for considering volunteering to support Maricopa County’s shelter pets! We are currently recruiting volunteers, including those who wish to foster animals, to support both our East and West Shelters. See the Opportunity Directory for more details on each of our unique programs. As a volunteer, you will be helping us achieve our mission by assisting pets in need and serving our community. There are so many opportunities to make a difference.

Please watch this short video to see the expectations and realities of volunteering at our shelters and then review the volunteer handbook to get a better understanding of what we’re all about!

After viewing the video and handbook, to become part of the team, please complete the volunteer application here. Once we receive and approve your application, we will reach out to you to set up your orientation! We host two orientations a month, one on a weekday and one on a Saturday, to accommodate your schedule.

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Volunteer Requirements

Our traditional volunteers commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months. We offer flexible schedules and a variety of opportunities that are sure to appeal to every individual!

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Children as young as 15 may volunteer alongside a parent/guardian after both have attended all required volunteer training. More information regarding volunteer requirements can be found in the Volunteer Handbook.

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The following resources can help improve your volunteer experience at MCACC. Review and refer back to these guides and videos as often as needed.

Contact Us

For more information, please email our Volunteer Program at ACCVolunteer@maricopa.gov. Responses are typically sent within 72 hours from the time of receipt.