Posted: June 20, 2019
Thank you so much for wanting to help Maricopa County’s homeless shelter pets! Due to the current health crisis at the East Shelter and a large number of pending volunteer applications, we are unable to accept new requests to volunteer at this time. We are so grateful for the outpouring of community support for our agency, our programs and our cause. We want to make sure that we are providing each volunteer with quality training and support and have realized that our capacity for new applications is limited. Please check back with us as we will update this webpage as soon as we are able to accept new volunteer requests. We are appreciate your patience and understanding!”

Community Service

Individuals who are under court-ordered community service may assist us seven days a week with a variety of tasks but do not have direct contact with animals. For more information, please email Ben.Swan@Maricopa.gov.

Animal Care Volunteering

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is proudly the Number 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 volunteer (Due to a high volume of new volunteer applications, please allow 4-6 weeks for us to respond to your submissions.):
  • Complete and submit the Volunteer Application (we are not taking new applications at this time)
  • Watch the Online Orientation (Below)
  • Volunteer Opportunity Locations
  • Attend on-boarding and schedule a Buddy Day with an experienced volunteer or staff member
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers ages 12-17 must be accompanied with their parent or guardian and will have limited animal-handling duties.
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Volunteer Job


  • 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.
  • Petite Pet Project: Taking care of the small dogs in our shelter. This is where our small dogs go who are not quite ready for adoption, but will be in the future 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.
  • Laundry and Blanket Helpers: Depending on the time of year, our animals need blankets for warmth and comfort, which generates a lot of laundry. This is a perfect job for those folks who might not be suited to working directly with animals. Also, gather and/or sew blankets and pillows for our animals. Very little training commitment is required for this job duty.

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 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both shelter locations.

Online Orientation

Please view the following videos (click links). Once finished, our staff will set you up an on-boarding (orientation) date; after that, you will be assigned to shadow a staff member or senior volunteer.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Samantha Wessel, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at 602-506-8133.

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