Groups, Tours, and Youth Volunteering

APA! depends on the generosity of our community, and we hope to provide engaging, meaningful volunteer activities for community groups and members.

As a non-profit, we receive no funding from government agencies, but rely on individual donations to cover our operational expenses and lifesaving care. Because saving lives is our first priority, we aren’t able to dedicate the resources to match the demand for one-time volunteering or educational activities.

We hope that one of the below options will accommodate your needs.

*Due to safety concerns for our visitors, staff, volunteers, and our animals, we have age restrictions and size limitations for groups. Groups will also not be able to handle any animals. See below for more information.

Group Volunteering

Our group volunteer activities are limited to ages 18 years or older and we have 3 options available:

  1. Click for Quiet – Groups of up to 15 individuals can assist our Dog Enrichment team at our Town Lake Animal Center location. Our Dog Enrichment Program is integral to APA!’s success in saving large breed dogs. Please click HERE to learn more and how to schedule your group. All activities are outside and completed year round in all weather conditions.
  2. Tuck-In Time – Groups of 5-10 individuals can assist with getting our dogs at our Town Lake Animal Center location “tucked-in” for the evening.  Volunteers will remove food bowls, pass out blankets as needed, and refill waters. If you have a larger group, you can schedule multiple days or times within the same day or week.  All activities are outside and completed year round in all weather conditions. This option will typically be available on weeknights from 6pm-8pm.
  3. TLAC – Groups of 5-10 individuals can assist with general duties around the shelter at Town Lake Animal Center. These duties consist of doing laundry, dog feeding, bowl washing, or donation sorting. All activities are outside and completed year round in all weather conditions. This option will typically be available on weekends from 9am or 10am to 12pm or 1pm.

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We ask that groups support APA! by donating much needed supplies. These items include: peanut butter, dog treats, trash bags, bleach, hand sanitizer, liquid laundry detergent, dish soap and paper towels. You can view our full wish list on Amazon (Please sort by priority) and have the items shipped directly to APA!.

Volunteer Groups fill up FAST and operate on a first come, first served basis.  We do our best to accommodate every group, but due to staff and volunteer bandwidth, sometimes that’s just not possible. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. As always, we are happy to help you run your own supply or donation drive to support APA!

Tours

One of our most popular requests from small groups and organizations is to take a tour of our Town Lake Animal Center facility. Due to the nature of our business and limited personnel, we do ask for a minimum donation amount and, for youth groups, a certain number of chaperones/child. To learn more about scheduling a tour, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Youth Volunteering

Ages 12-18
We love children with a giving spirit and want to encourage kids to give back to their community. To volunteer on-site, we require children to be 12-18 years of age and they must volunteer with their parent/legal guardian who has been through orientation. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to learn more.

Ages 11 and under
We do recognize that children under 12 years of age also want to be philanthropic and that not all parents may have the ability to volunteer with their children, so we’ve created a few activities that kids can do at home or at school to contribute to APA!’s lifesaving, and earn hours for school or other organizations. Please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to learn more.