Volunteers Welcome!

Whether you enjoy working with cats, dogs or people in our community, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities available that are sure to fit your interests and work with your schedule.




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Ready to get started?!

The first step is to submit an on-line application.


If you have any questions, please email volunteer@countypets.com


All volunteers must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age to volunteer. If 16-17 years of age, a legal parent or guardian must accompany them to volunteer orientation.
  • Must complete a background check screening.
  • Fill out an online application.
  • Attend Orientation

Individuals wishing to volunteer or intern at Harris County Pets are required to provide an electronic signature demonstrating their willingness to adhere to the required statements, releases, and agreements of the Volunteer and Internship program via the online application.

Policies are shown here for future references:


Kennel Assistant

Volunteers will help the kennel staff with ensuring pets are comfortable and kennel are clean. Duties may include assembling cleaning supplies, moving animals, cleaning/sanitizing pens following established procedures, resetting cages with food, paper, toys, and/or bedding, feeding and providing water. You may also assist the staff in reviewing and reporting health status of animals. This volunteer opportunity is flexible and offers lots of available shifts!

Mobile Adoptions & Events Team

Special events offer volunteers a chance to help our pets at off-site events or special events we host at our facility! Volunteers may help with our weekly mobile adoptions, pet vaccination clinics, adoption promotions, or spay/neuter events throughout the year.

Pet Adoption Counselor

You can help match pets with their new forever homes! Volunteers create a relationship with potential adopters and assist in meet-and-greets. Volunteers must use exceptionally people skills to assess animal and adopter characteristics to help make the perfect match.

Kitty Committee

Volunteers check on our adoptable cats at our PETCO store. We have our cats at a PETCO location in River Oaks. You will straighten cages (change litter, replace bedding), check food/water, and give some love and attention. Volunteers attend on-site training at PETCO and then sign up for dates on an online calendar. Visits can be made anytime the store is open. We need volunteers to commit to at least 2 days a month.


What can I do as a volunteer?

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at Harris County Pets! Volunteers can walk dogs, help adopters find their perfect pet, ensure pets are clean and comfortable, or help at our events outside the shelter.

To see our full listing of current opportunities and additional details, please click here.

How do I become a volunteer?
Are there any ongoing requirements for volunteers?

We ask that volunteers try to commit to at least 10 hours per month of service.

Additionally, we require all volunteers to adhere to the volunteer policies agreed upon via the online application. You can also check out our policies here.

What if I need community service hours?

Community service members have different requirements and guidelines. Please contact email volunteer@countypets.com for more information. 

I completed the online application, now what?

If you did not receive an email with follow up instructions, please email volunteer@countypets.com.

I attended orientation, now what?

Email volunteer@countypets.com to see how you can get started! See all our volunteer opportunities to see which one you would like to help at!

Can my group set up a service day?

If you are seeking a one-time group volunteering opportunity, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@countypets.com.

Can I volunteer if I have a criminal record?

Everyone is encouraged to apply. Results are discussed on a case by case basis.

Active Volunteers:

Our online volunteer system allows our volunteers to easily sign up for shifts and help keep track of their hours volunteered! 

  • Sign up for certain shifts online. We use SignUp.com to sign up for volunteer shifts. You will need to create an account with SignUp.com.
  • Please record your hours each time you are volunteering. You can log your hours in the volunteer hours binder located at the volunteer station.

Email volunteer@countypets.com with any questions.


Community Relations Specialist