San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter Volunteer Program

Become a volunteer

Our Volunteer program is currently on "paws" until new guidelines can be established. Stay tuned for more information to be announced.

Volunteers Are Part of Our Shelter Family!

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter relies on volunteers to assist with many of the programs that the shelter offers, and to assist with everyday duties at the shelter. If you feel you are able to meet the following requirements, please complete the volunteer application, and then call the Adoption Center at 512-805-2657 to register for an orientation in advance. You may do so during the following business hours:

  • Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Minimum Requirements

  • Adults must be 18 years of age or older
  • Minors must be at least 8 years of age and accompanied by parent or guardian at all times
  • Attend a 1-hour volunteer orientation prior to beginning service
  • Registration for volunteer orientation must be complete 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot.


Duties include cleaning and feeding animals, grooming and exercising animals, clerical work, adoption counseling/interactions, special projects, and outreach events. Volunteers, working alongside our team are given thorough instructions on how to properly clean kennels and feed and care for the animals.

Basic animal care involves grooming and exercising. Cats and kittens need brushing and nail trimming. Dogs and puppies need bathing, brushing, nail trimming and enrichment. All animals need daily exercise. We have cat toys and scratching posts available for the cat playtime. And we have several courtyards to walk and play with the dogs.

Other duties include clerical work, greeting visitors, answering the phone, data entry, filing, animal photography, veterinary services as well as other miscellaneous or specialized tasks and activities. Special projects and events include various programs in the schools and civic organizations, annual events such as the San Marcos Mutt-Strutt, Pet Fest, PetSmart Adoptions and a variety of events for Texas State University, San Marcos CISD and organizations around our community.

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer orientation classes are held at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter each month. You must call the Adoption Center at 512-805-2657 to register for orientation at least 24 hours in advance. You may do so during the following business hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.