We understand that as PetParents, you have a compassionate heart for many more animals than your own household would allow. Maybe you ache to help out homeless animals in your local area, but just don’t know how. Adopting an animal is not the only way you can give back and make a difference in their lives. If you’ve got a bit of time, and love to give, then you’re well on you way to making a positive impact for needy animals right in your own neighborhood.
With so many animals in need across the US, and so many friendly organizations willing to accept your help, we’re sure you’ll find a volunteer opportunity that is as beneficial to you, as it is to the animals and organization who will benefit from your gracious efforts. Here are four of the best animal related volunteer opportunities in Dallas Ft. Worth area.
A Different Breed is a non-profit animal rescue organization that rescues dogs in the DFW area who are at risk of euthanasia at some of the high-kill shelters. They rehabilitate the animals in their care, and then work to find them the perfect forever homes. Dogs are cared for both at the animal sanctuary, as well as through a wonderful foster program-in private homes.
Because their mission is to save as many dogs as possible, A Different Breed Animal Rescue is always looking for and accepting new volunteers. Non-profit organizations simply cannot run effectively without the help of gracious volunteers.
The Humane Society of North Texas volunteers for their daily operations to run smoothly. Their kindness and support is essential to providing care to homeless animals in North Texas.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age, and should fill out an application and submit it to start the process. A volunteer orientation must be attended by each new volunteer (approx. 2 hours) which includes instruction and a tour. Volunteers should be prepared to commit a minimum of 4 hours of time each month.
The volunteer opportunities abound! You may be asked to help with:
- animal grooming
- animal socialization or exercise
- cat socialization and play time
- animal care
- animal transport
- meet & greet visitors
- offsite adoption events
- special events
- becoming a foster parent
- educational assistance program
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on becoming a volunteer.
Like most other animal rescue organizations, Dallas Pets Alive! relies on the generosity and compassion of pet lovers in their area to volunteer and help care for the animals. Volunteers at Dallas Pets Alive! receive a wide variety of options when it comes to ways to donate their time:
- data entry/office work
- outside events
- fostering or foster coordination
- animal intake
- medical coordination
- writing pet bios
- marketing/pr/graphic design
- animal transport
- tech/web support
- direct animal care
Additionally, Dallas Pets Alive! has a comprehensive list of other ways that you can help here. Ranging from a donation of money, supplies, to simply doing your regular shopping on Amazon- it’s a great list of ways to help animals in need while going out your regular day.
To get started, fill out an application on their website. Volunteers under 18 are accepted, but must be accompanied by a parent at all times.
The SPCA of Texas dedicates themselves to providing animals with exceptional care and finding them a loving hoe. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Texas is the leading animal welfare organization in Northern Texas. They have two shelters and two spay/neuter clinics currently and serve as a resource center for animal lovers in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Those wishing to volunteer with the SPCA of Texas must be 16 years or older. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 are allowed if a parent or legal guardian volunteers as well. Complete an application to begin your volunteer process. A $35 volunteer fee offsets the cost of prepping you for shelter work.
Now that we’ve shared some great pet-related volunteer opportunities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, we’d love to hear your story!
Do you currently volunteer for a shelter or animal rescue organization? Have you ever? Leave us a note in the comments?