Want to make a difference? Join us!
Volunteers play a vital role in helping the more than 20,000 pets who pass through our doors every year. Our volunteer program is growing, and these amazing individuals contribute an average of 50,000 hours of service per year! Volunteers help Pima Animal Care Center rescue, protect and save countless lives. Simply put, the shelter could not accomplish what it does without our amazing volunteers! Please consider joining our team and help make a difference in your community today.
- While our minimum age to volunteer is 16, we do have a Generations Program, where youth between the ages of 11-15 can pair up with a parent or guardian.
- You must be able provide 6 hours of service each month for a minimum of 6 months.
- We ask that you possess strong customer service skills as many positions work directly with the public.
- Please plan to attend a mandatory 2-hour volunteer orientation (Volunteers who work directly with animals will require additional training).
- 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. Please reach out to the volunteer coordinator at 520-724-5937 to learn more.
- We are unable to provide any court-ordered community service here at our shelter.
- We are not able to sign off on hours unless a 6-month commitment has been made. Please reach out to our volunteer coordinator at 520-724-5937 for other opportunities.
Ready to get started?
- Please fill out our online volunteer application.
- After you submit your application, you will receive an email with a list of upcoming orientation dates. Choose which date works best for you and reply back to the volunteer coordinator. You will then receive a reminder email with further details.
Looking for group volunteer activities?
- Groups interested in one-time or short-term projects do not need to attend an orientation session. Based on the age, size, and availability of the group, we can arrange an appropriate activity for you. Please call our volunteer coordinator at 520-724-5937 and include the name of your organization, number of volunteers, and whether anyone in your group is under 18.
- If you are unable to donate your time, please do help out our homeless pets by hosting a fundraiser or donating much-needed items! Click here to see more.
There are so may ways to help!
These are just some of them.
- 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.
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A special volunteer opportunity: Fostering!
Volunteering in our Foster Care program is an extremely rewarding opportunity for both individuals and families. PACC's Foster Program allows our pets who are too young for adoption, who are recovering from surgery or illness, or who are in need of other special care to stay in private homes until they are able to be placed up for adoption.
Learn more about fostering...