All volunteers are required to be age 16 and older (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Please Review our volunteer opportunities.
Pet Adoption Counselor:
You can help match pets with their new forever homes, help adopters through the process to select a new family member by reviewing adoption applications, assist new adopters to meet and greet potential pets and supply a welcoming and safe environment for the potential adopters and the animals they choose. We are especially in need of bilingual Pet Adoption Counselors..
You will receive fundamental hands-on dog training sessions from a Certified Dog Trainer. In order to increase dogs' chances of finding a forever family through adoption, the Dog Ambassadors come to the shelter at least twice a week.
Animal Photographer Assistant:
Your role will be to give the photographer a hand with the animals while they take photos. With this opportunity you will: Need to be comfortable with handling animals. Assist in setup of photo backdrops and props. Assist the photographer with restraining or leashing the animals during photography.
Volunteers provide the daily cleaning, feeding and socializing of the 3-5 cats or kittens housed at River Oaks PETCO. All supplies are provided by us and are located at the store. It is easy, fun and it helps us to adopt more cats and kittens into loving, forever homes. Minimum age requirements is 18 years old.
Animal Foster Team:
Bring a homeless animal into your home that needs special attention in preparation for our adoption program. On average, each foster opportunity requires about 2-6 weeks of the foster animal living with you in your home. Foster homes are responsible for the foster animals' transportation, food and care while the foster animal stays with them. HCPHES VPH provides the spay/neuter surgery and medical care.
Events and Mobile Adoptions Team:
Special events offer a fun way to help. Volunteers may help with pet vaccination clinics, health fairs, spay/neuter events, mobile adoptions and holiday events.
Individuals wishing to volunteer or intern at HCPHES 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.
Please read each document by clicking the link next to the file name, and then type in your name in the electronic signature box.
By providing your electronic signature you are consenting to all of our agreement forms.
Please click here to download
Volunteer/Intern Code of Conduct
Photography Consent Form/ Model Release
Release and Indemnification Agreement
Volunteer/Intern Participation Agreement
Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteer Social Media Policy
Volunteer Liability Release
Non Employee County Vehicle Policy
Volunteer Acknowledgement Waiver And Release
Volunteer Standards of Conduct