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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Adoptable Pets Socialization Requirements

30 Seconds with Our Volunteers

2016 Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year – Charles Hollis

Charles Hollis, affectionately referred to as “Uncle Charlie” is the recipient of the 2016 Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year award. Charlie began volunteering at Arlington Animal Services in November 2014, and immediately became a valued and treasured member of the team.  Shelter manager Chris Huff stated, “He is an amazing man willing to help in every area of the shelter when volunteering.”

Charlie dedicated almost 1,000 hours volunteering during the shelter’s 2015 fiscal year. With an ever ready smile, he shared that he “loves the animals and the happy faces of family members,” and “working with all of the people at the shelter.” Guests to Animal Services share fond memories of Uncle Charlie introducing them to their fur-ever pet adoption choices. Fellow volunteers and shelter staff are thankful for the opportunity of working with such a wonderful and dedicated volunteer.

Congratulations Uncle Charlie!

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 Angelina.Rayburn-Pigat@ArlingtonTX.gov or give Angie a call at 817-459-6183 for more information.