Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities

Information on Volunteering

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Damian Cruz, at 972.291.5335, or email us.
We would love to see you there!
There are plenty of ways in which you can help our pets, including:

  • Walking & socializing with pets
  • Grooming & bathing
  • General Cleaning
  • Special Events / Adoption Events
  • Administrative Support
  • Photography
  • Fostering
  • Transporting Animals
And many more! Every volunteer has a skill they can bring to our shelter to help our animals. Please contact us if you have any other ways in which you can help our shelter.

Monthly Volunteer Orientation
Orientation takes place at Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, 
1150 East Pleasant Run Road, Cedar Hill. Orientation is set for the first and third Saturday of every month at 3 p.m. A completed volunteer packet with proof of identification must be submitted prior to scheduling a volunteer for orientation. 


  • To volunteer at the shelter, please complete this application or pick an application up at the shelter and once completed we can schedule you for an orientation.
  • If you are interested in doing community service for school, please fill out this application or pick it up at the shelter and  once completed we can schedule you for an orientation.
  • For court community service or restitution, please see the section below.


Volunteer and Student Community Service hours are scheduled in 2-4 hour increments Monday - Friday, as early as 7:30 a.m. for surgery drop off and 8 am for other assistance and run as late as 6 p.m. Once a volunteer has worked one weekday, he or she may schedule hours on Saturday or Sunday. We also have opportunities for volunteers at off-site events, such as Petsmart and other locations in the DFW area. 

Although volunteers are able to sign up to volunteer on a day-to-day basis, we can also set up recurring schedules for any volunteer who is interested. Knowing who and when to expect someone is a great help to our staff.


Traditional volunteers are at least 16 years old and will need to complete a volunteer packet along with bringing a copy of your Driver's License or State ID to schedule orientation.

Welcome Young Volunteers!

We are now accepting volunteers as young as 10 years! If you are 10 to 15 years old, you must always have a guardian with you who is also a volunteer. We will need your volunteer application, as well as one from your guardian, and your guardian must bring their Driver's License or State ID. To volunteer alone you must be at least 16 years old and have a parent/guardian's signature on the waiver.  Both the volunteer and the guardian must show Driver's License or State ID if the volunteer is younger than 18 years of age. The parent or guardian must attend the orientation with you before the advanced teens (16-18 year old) can volunteer alone.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Damian Cruz, at 972.291.5335, or email us.

Court Community Service & Restitution

If you are interested in volunteering with us in order to complete hours required for court, please fill out this application or pick one up at the shelter and submit it to begin scheduling your volunteer hours.

Transporters Needed

Can you drive? Are you retired? Do you work from home? Do you have a little bit of spare time to help an animal in need? If any of these apply... We Need You! We need volunteers who are available to transport orphaned wildlife, injured birds, or dogs and cats to various wildlife centers, or rescue facilities around the metroplex. If you are interested, please call the shelter at 972.291.5335.
Become an Adoption Ambassador!
Are you interested in helping our pets from the comfort of your own home, on your own time? Do you want to help make a noticeable difference in the lives of our animals? 

Then Join our Adoption Ambassadors program!

 This program takes fostering to the next level: it allows people like you to make a direct impact on the lives of our animals by helping them look for their fur-ever homes while in your foster care, simply by take your foster pet out for a walk at the park, or shopping at the mall, and exposing them to many potential adopters!
With a few supplies and some training, you would be able to provide one of our pets with a temporary home outside of our shelter, while at the same time actively looking for their new home! 

The benefits of this program, for both our animals and customers, are countless! To name a few:

  • Not all animals can handle living in a shelter, and providing a temporary home to these pets while they find their new home can be a great benefit to them
  • Adoption Ambassadors are able to get to know the pet on a more personal level, allowing them to make a better match between adopter and pet
  • Pets have more exposure to potential adopters outside of our shelter
  • Allows our staff to redirect our resources to other animals and projects
If you are interested in applying to become an Adoption Ambassador, please contact our volunteer coordinator at 972-291-5335, or email us here.
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This program has been funded by a generous donation made by the ASPCA, which has allowed us to purchase supplies in order to make this program a huge success!

If you are interested in learning more about the Adoption Ambassadors program, please visit their website here.
Photo of volunteers with animals at the local Petsmart