Volunteer Programs

Ways to Volunteer

Volunteers at the Animal Defense League are critical in helping us meet our mission of caring for animals taken in, caring and sheltering those animals while they reside at ADL, then getting them adopted into loving homes.

There are many ways you can participate. Please let us how you would like to help the resident animals of ADL. Email any questions to Joely Cifre, ADL Volunteer Manager, at jcifre@adltexas.org.

TLC Program: Dog Walking and Cat Socialization
Volunteers keep our dogs and cats happy by giving them lots of attention! Walking dogs, training, socializing cats and just visiting the animals makes all the difference!

GetFitWithFidoGet Fit With Fido!

Volunteers who join the Get Fit with Fido program will be allowed to take certain dogs to approved parks and trails for a run or walk. We’ll supply the harnesses and leashes … you provide the foot power! This will not only help you get in shape … it’ll give these dogs the opportunity to experience new venues outside of the shelter. We’ll have them in “Adopt Me” vests … so if a passerby sees them then they will know they’re up for adoption and where!

Thrift Shoppe

The Animal Defense League is always looking for volunteers who want to help us in our Thrift Shoppe (located at the ADL in the Iota Drive parking lot). Volunteers help clean and prepare items for sale and engage the public. Every dime made in the Thrift Shoppe is used for the care of the ADL animals.

Administrative Support
Volunteers can help the adoption center staff perform necessary administrative tasks including phone duty, filing, copying, data entry or just helping out where needed. Volunteers can also help with adoptions at the ADL and at off-site events.

Animals who are not yet ready to be adopted, older animals recovering from an injury, moms and pups or kittens, or kittens and puppies who have lost their mothers are cared for by a network of volunteers who take them into their homes on a temporary basis. ADL provides food, medicine, and unlimited guidance – you provide the time, care, and love as a foster parent volunteer. For more info on becoming a foster parent, contact our Foster Office at (210) 655-1481, ext. 123 or e-mail us at foster@adltexas.org.

Grooming and Bathing
We bathe our resident animals throughout the week. We can always use extra help. Ask the kennel staff which animals need a bath and get ready for some wet and wild fun!

School Speakers

Represent ADL and its animals in the community; visit school classrooms and speak to children about pet care, responsibility, and being kind to animals.

Offsite Adoption Events
The Animal Defense League holds offsite events almost every weekend. Our volunteers help us care for the animals at the event and talk to potential adopters.

Special Events & Fundraisers
The Animal Defense League stages several special events each year for the purpose of raising awareness about our wonderful animals and our programs and services – and also to raise needed funds. Volunteers help at these events in various capacities.

JV+ (Junior Volunteer Rank Up)
The Animal Defense League has a program for Junior Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 15 who are ready for the next stage in the volunteer experience. With some extra training and the right attitude, JV+ members are allowed to hold the leash and volunteer without an adult right by their side (parents/guardians are still required to be on property).