Volunteering with MCACC 

COVID-19 Update: 9/18/2020

After temporarily suspending the volunteer program in April, MCACC has begun bringing our existing volunteers back to the shelter on an extremely limited basis. 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.

At this time, we still have not resumed on-boarding for new volunteers. Once we are able to begin training, we will update our website and new volunteer on-boarding materials. 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.

Steps to Becoming a MCACC Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements

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.

Contact Us

For more information, please email our Volunteer Program at accvolunteer@maricopa.gov. Responses are normally sent within 72 hours from time of receipt.