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  • Volunteer with Pima Animal Care Center

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please attend a regularly scheduled  Volunteer Open House, where you will get all the information you need about our Volunteer Program. You do not need to register for the Open House, simply show up! The Open House will be approximately 45 minutes long and will take place in the Administration Building located in the grey double-wide trailer behind the shelter and clinic.

    For more information, please contact Andrew Stocker, our volunteer coordinator, using this form or at (520) 724-5937.

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    There are plenty of opportunities to help:

    July 4th Dog Walk
    • Adoption hosts. The great thing about Pima Animal Care Center is there are so many wonderful pets to choose from!  But that also means it can be overwhelming to choose. It makes a huge difference to potential adopters to have a friendly person greet them and help them find the best fit and the best partnership.
    • Off-site opportunities. When we take our animals out into the community where people are live and shop, it’s not only a great opportunity to show off how charming our animals are, but it’s also a chance to introduce folks to the steps they can take that will help reduce the number of homeless pets. Events vary monthly and volunteers can determine which ones best fit their schedule. 
    • Dog walking and cat socialization. It’s very important that our animals have lots of opportunities for socialization, as well as exercise and positive stimulation. It sounds simple, but just walking a dog or cuddling a cat can give him hope and save his life.
    • Groomers. If you’ve got a big date or a big event, you’re going to want to bring the chic. Same with our animals. It’s hard to strut when you aren’t wearing your best coat. If you’ve got the skills, we’ve got grateful clients.
    • Enrichment. Whether you’re a crafty soul who can help us with projects that can stimulate the animals and stave off boredom, or whether you have some time to do a little behavior training with our dogs so they are better at minding their manners, we have a job for you.
    • Outreach Volunteer. Help educate the public about Pima Animal Care Center, our mission and services. Outreach volunteers should be outgoing, friendly people. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: seeking out public speaking opportunities, providing educational presentations on animal issues such as bite safety and responsible pet ownership to schools, HOAs and community groups, and distributing promotional materials at events and local businesses. 
    • Office support. We always need help with data entry, answering the phones and supporting rescue operations. If you have the time, we can put your organizational skills to good use.

    This is just a partial list of the ways you can help our animals.

    While our minimum age to volunteer is 16, we do have a Generations Program, where youth between the ages of 11-15 years old can pair up with a parent or guardian.

    Internships: We are accepting internship applications for college students who want to gain experience in animal welfare and volunteer management. Possible internships include working with the Rescue Department, Adoptions Department and Volunteer Department.

    Holiday Dog Walk RSVP

    Thank you for your interest in walking and socializing Pima County’s homeless pets. On the day of the event, please bring water; wear close-toed shoes, and appropriate dress that you don’t mind getting dirty. Looking forward to seeing you then!

    Please use this form to make your reservation for the next Holiday Dog Walk on Monday, September 7th at 8:30 a.m. 

    Please fill-out the waiver and bring the day of the event. - Volunteer Waiver

    Volunteer of the Month

    Thank YOU Valuable Volunteers!
    We just couldn't accomplish all that we do for the pets and our community if it was not for the hundreds of amazing volunteers that support the lifesaving work we do. The Volunteer of the Month program was started to recognize those amazing people behind all the hard work, love, and advocacy for our homeless pets.

    Each month, we will select a sPETacular volunteer or volunteers who has gone above and beyond to ensure our pet's health and comfort. Anyone can nominate a volunteer or share their "Paws Up" kudos for a job well done. Nomination forms will be available near the volunteer log in station at the shelter.

    July Volunteers of the Month

    Gayle Anderson
    Gayla Anderson

    Gayla Anderson began volunteering as a foster parent after attending a community dog walk. Since then,she has assisted with special events (even soliciting for and purchasing decorations even though she doesn't like to shop!) and has become a regular Thursday dog walking mentor.

    Anne Watson has been volunteering with us for 8+ years! She is a regular dedicated and customer service-minded Adoption Counselor. She has recruited other volunteers and has brought her co-workers along to volunteer. In addition to all her amazing support with helping our pets find their forever loving homes, staff and volunteers alike look forward to the fabulous baked good that she brings in.
    Anne Watson
    Anne Watson
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    Animal Care Center

    4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    (520) 724-5900

    Weekdays: Noon until 7 p.m.
    Weekends: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
    Closed the last Sunday of 
    every month

    Ajo Substation:
    1259 Well Road
    Ajo, AZ 85321

    (520) 387-7502

    Ajo Substation Hours:
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. MWF
    4:30-6:30 p.m. W

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