Volunteering with MCACC
COVID-19 Update: 5/1/20
MCACC has had to make the difficult decision to suspend our volunteer program entirely starting Wednesday, April 1st until further notice based on the stay-at-home order issued for Arizona. Although volunteering has not been restricted at the state level, we at MCACC feel this is the safest option for our staff, volunteers, and community. The well-being of our shelter pets is a top priority for all of us and our currently low shelter population has allowed MCACC staff the opportunity to provide more thorough coverage in the daily care of our animals.
This restriction also applies to new volunteer on-boarding. We will update our website and new volunteer on-boarding materials once it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented crisis.
How to Become a Volunteer
Thank you for wanting to help Maricopa County’s shelter pets! Our volunteer application process has recently changed – see below for details.
Volunteers provide care for our homeless animals in every area from cleaning kennels to matching a family with their new furry pet. We also have roles throughout our programs where volunteers can get involved in offsite events, administrative tasks, and even walking dogs.
Do you want to learn more about the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control volunteer program? Please watch a short video to see the expectations and realities of volunteering at the animal shelter and then preview the volunteer handbook to get a better understanding of what we’re all about!
After viewing the video and handbook, if you are still interested in becoming part of the team, please complete the volunteer application and questionnaire here. Our standard review and response time for all volunteer applications is 72 hours from date of submission.
We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months. We offer flexible schedules and a variety of assignments that are sure to appeal to every individual! As a volunteer, you will be supporting our mission by caring for our animals and serving the members of our community.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer. Children as young as 15 may volunteer alongside a parent/guardian who has attended all required volunteer training. More information regarding volunteer requirements can be found in the Volunteer Handbook.
MCACC does not have a separate community service volunteer option. If you are interested in volunteering with MCACC to satisfy court-ordered community services hours, please follow the above steps to submit your application for the volunteer program. MCACC can approve your court-ordered community service if you are able to meet the minimum requirements necessary to volunteer and successfully complete your volunteer hours.
The following resources can help improve your volunteer experience at MCACC. Review and refer back to these guides and videos as often as needed. Opens a New Window.
- Volunteer Information Video
- Volunteer Handbook
- Volunteer Program Contact List
- Volunteer Opportunity Directory
- Volunteer Training Catalog (coming soon)
- Volunteer Code of Conduct
- Volunteer Social Media Policy
- Volunteer Safety and Animal Handling Reminders
- Volunteer Dog Walker Reference Guide (coming soon)
- ASPCA Canine Body Language Opens a New Window. (1 hr video)