Encouraging responsible pet ownership by offering licensing programs, field enforcement services, and educational programs for Arlington citizens.


Volunteer Opportunities and Projects

Arlington Animal Services is looking for volunteers. Volunteering for Animal Services is an opportunity to:

    • Give back to the Community
    • Gain valuable experience
    • Make use of your talents and abilities
    • Achieve new skills
    • Explore career possibilities
    • Improve communication skills
    • Stimulate new friendships
    • Receive personal satisfaction
    • Make a difference!

If you are interested in volunteering, please click on the link below to complete a volunteer  application. If you have questions about any available volunteer opportunities please call 817-459-6183. Youth ages 10-17 may volunteer when accompanied by a parent or guardian. We would love to have you as part of our team as we work hard to save lives.

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30 Seconds with Our Volunteers

2017 Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year – Barbara Morris

We are pleased to announce Barbara Morris as the recipient of the 2017 Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year award. Barbara’s dedication as a shelter volunteer began in August 2015. She shared that she especially loves her time with the kittens, other volunteers, and shelter staff. Barbara serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for center’s adoptable cats featured at PetSmart at the Arlington Highlands and logs many devoted hours to the Animal Services Center’s cattery.

“Being named Volunteer of the Year was a goal that I set for myself two years ago after attending the Volunteer Appreciation event, Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Morris said. “After my mentor Larry Glover won it, I told myself that was what I was striving to achieve.”

Much appreciation to Barbara and for all her hard work and commitment to helping the homeless animals, Animal Services Center and the community.

Congratulations Barbara!

Family of Exemplary Volunteer Bill McCart Shares Fond Memories of His 22 Year Commitment to the Community

From left to right: Bill McCart’s grandson Colin Mize, daughter June Nichols, granddaughter Shannon Boyd, daughter Vicki Mize, and son-in-law David Mize

From left to right: Bill McCart’s grandson Colin Mize, daughter June Nichols, granddaughter Shannon Boyd, daughter Vicki Mize, and son-in-law David Mize

Family members of the late Bill McCart gathered together at Arlington Animal Services (AAS) to see the new plaque honoring their loved one for his 22 years of dedicated service to the City of Arlington, its residents, and the homeless animals of our community.

Vicki Mize, one of McCart’s daughters, spoke of her father’s dedication to volunteering at the animal shelter and his intense desire for people to be responsible pet owners.

Shelter staff reminisced about McCart – affectionately referring to him as “Mr. Bill” as having a quick, dry sense of humor never failing to make people laugh. Former shelter supervisor, Art Tawater shared fond memories of this super extraordinaire volunteer and friend stating that “everyone looked forward to having him at the shelter and he is greatly missed.” Former Administrative Coordinator for Kennels Lynn Trotter shared that Mr. Bill “had a great sense of humor, was helpful with people that came to the shelter, and encouraged them to adopt.” Trotter said everyone always looked forward to Mr. Bill coming in to volunteer.

The family was led on a tour of AAS by Chris Huff, shelter manager, who also remembers Mr. Bill fondly. It was evident that the family members share their passed loved one’s appreciation of animals.

If interested in volunteering please contact Volunteer Administrator Angie Rayburn-Pigat at animalservices@arlingtontx.gov or give Angie a call at 817-459-6183 for more information.