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.



Steven Caldwell
Volunteer Coordinator

Ready to join the pack?!

The first step is to submit an online application.


If you have any questions, please email the volunteer coordinator at 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 the volunteer 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:



Longterm Volunteers:

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, make enrichment toys, help give dogs baths, and so much more.

To find out more, please email the volunteer coordinator directly at volunteer@countypets.com 

How do I become a volunteer?
  1. Fill out volunteer application
  2. Attend orientation.
  3. Start volunteering!
Are there any ongoing requirements for volunteers?

We appreciate every single volunteer! 

We do require all volunteers to adhere to the volunteer policies provided during the application and orientation process. 

You can also check out our policies here or by navigating back to the top of this page and scrolling down to the POLICIES section.

What if I need community service hours?

Community service requirements differ from volunteer requirements. Please email the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@countypets.com for more information. 

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.