Pet Volunteer in Houston

Are you a PetParent who has a love of animals that extends far and beyond the animals that you share your home with? Chances are you’re a sucker for every sweet dog at the park, or kitten in the window- the same as we are! Animal lovers are a compassionate group of people!

If you’ve been feeling the urge to give back, helping animals in need right from your local area is an enriching and supremely rewarding way of volunteering your time. With so many animals in need, and so many 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 pet related volunteer opportunities in Houston, TX!

1. BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions Center

BARC is the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility and the only city shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through the doors. They are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership through spaying/neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and training class services. Campaigns and programs to educate and raise community awareness about these services are ongoing.

Being a volunteer with BARC allows you to have a significant impact on the lives of homeless animals. Volunteer opportunities include: walking dogs, cuddling cats, giving treats, cleaning and more. Because of the dedicated volunteers at BARC, their animals are able to receive a higher level of care, love, and stimulation during their time at the shelter.

Click here to sign up to become a BARC volunteer.

2. Houston Humane Society

The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to ending cruelty, abuse, and the over population of animals. They provide the highest quality of life to the animals in their care while receiving no federal, state, or government funding. They rely on donations, program services, and special events to fund-raise.

The minimum age to begin volunteering with the Houston Humane Society is 12 years of age, though volunteers aged 12-15 must still volunteer with their parents at all times. All volunteers are required to go through a full volunteer orientation class and after that must be able to commit to volunteering twice a month for a minimum of 6 months.

HHS Volunteer Positions:
  • match maker- assisting potential adopters in finding their furry companion
  • dog walker
  • dog bather/groomer
  • chow hound program- prepare special meals & feed them to skinny dogs needing to add weight
  • cat attendant
  • puppy room attendant
  • door greeter
  • computer assistant
  • adoptions photo team
  • animal enrichment team
  • mobile adoptions team
  • foster care program
  • fundraising/marketing
  • off-site adoptions events

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Troxell at or 281-881-9317 to get started.

The Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) is a non-profit animal organization that was founded in 1972. CAP rescues and re-homes homeless animals into loving families. 

Volunteers at CAP play a special role in calming down anxious dogs and cats who first arrive to the shelter, guiding families to finding their furever friends, fostering animals in need, and assisting with special events. CAP has a goal of having all of their volunteers well-trained and educated for their own safety and that of the animals. Before you can receive a volunteer assignment, you must complete several steps. 

Pre-teens and teenagers are welcome to volunteer with CAP, but anyone aged 12-15 must have a parent with them at all times.

Click here to begin the volunteer application process. 

4. Houston SPCA

The Houston SPCA was founded in 1924 and is Houston’s first and largest animal protection organization. Their mission is to promote respect for all animals, and to free them from suffering, abuse, and cruelty. They are a non-profile, private charity funded exclusively by donations.

Volunteers are asked to commit to a 2 hour shift each week and must be 16 years of age or older. 

  • Direct Animal Care
  • Admissions
  • Barn care
  • Clinic tech
  • Humane Edcuations
  • Mobile Adoptions 
  • Special Events
  • Adoptions Counseling 

To begin the volunteer process, you can contact the Volunteer Services Manage at and request an application. Once a completed application is received, you will be provided with several potential orientation dates to choose the hour and a half overview that works best for you. Volunteers are asked to pay $25 on the day of orientation to cover the cost of a badge, t-shirt, and volunteer insurance.

We can’t recommend giving your time and love to shelter animals enough, you’ll be happy to know that they give it back to you ten-fold!


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