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We Get by With a Little Help From Our Friends

Providing love, care and attention to all the pets here at the Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter (RACS) is a big job! We need the support of volunteers to ensure all our pets get daily exercise and attention until they find a loving home.   Join Team Rosenberg, by becoming an Animal Control & Shelter (ACS) Volunteer and make a difference for our homeless pets!

Whether you’re a group looking for a one-time opportunity, a youth group needing service hours, or an individual who wants to commit to regular volunteering, we have a place for you here at Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter as an ACS Volunteer.

Our volunteer tasks are broken up into groups and categories, which helps to ensure your experience as an ACS Volunteer is easy, fun and fulfilling.  By picking and supporting the right group, you can be assured working with both our pets and staff will be rewarding.  We recognize that each ACS Volunteer has great skills they can bring into our environment that will assist in providing the pets, staff and citizens with a pleasant experience. Special training and working knowledge is required for some tasks.  To ensure safety and a rewarding experience, ACS Volunteers are required to attend a hour orientation session.

Volunteer Tasks

Here are just some of the positions you’ll be able to choose from:

  • Adoption Ambassadors: (Group A) Help adopters find the right dog or cat for their family.  The primary function is to help people visit with pets, to include assistance getting dogs or cats out of kennels for visitors, answering questions about each animal and providing education and resources.
  • Cat Enrichment & Adoption Volunteer: Cat whisperers, we need you! RACS can be a scary place for cats, with lots of noise and activity. Cat enrichment volunteers spend time giving extra love and attention to fearful felines, ensuring they are in clean and comfortable kennels. They also make sure rambunctious kittens get much-needed exercise and toys. Providing friendly customer service while assisting visitors in their search for their new family cat is also an integral part of the Cat Volunteer.
  • Dog Enrichment Volunteer: If you’ve visited RACS, you know there are lots of dogs! Our dog enrichment volunteers make sure all our dogs get the exercise and attention they need to stay happy and healthy while they wait for their forever homes. Many of our medium and large dogs wait months to find their new families, so dog enrichment volunteers play a lifesaving role. Volunteers can work with dogs both on and offsite and many of our volunteers foster their favorite dogs. Have a training or behavior background? You can help teach our dogs basic obedience skills through positive reinforcement training!
  • Greeters: Possibly the most important volunteer role in the entire shelter, the greeter is the first person our visitors see when they walk through the door. This position answers questions, guides potential adopters to the appropriate areas and serves as a point of contact for visitors. Studies have shown that how people are greeted has a huge impact on whether or not they adopt a pet, so this role is perfect for outgoing, social people.
  • Outreach Volunteer: Outreach Volunteers represent Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter at community events, schools, libraries and community centers. We need you to help get the word out about what RACS offers the community and how others like yourself can help us reach our goals for Rosenberg’s shelter pets.

Requirements to Volunteer

  • Complete an application, attend a New Volunteer Orientation, and complete a criminal background check.
  • Commit to volunteering six hours per month.
  • Have an e-mail address and have regular access to that e-mail.
  • 13 and 15-year-olds may volunteer along with an adult who is also a volunteer, after attending orientation.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds must have an adult attend orientation with them, but can volunteer independently.

Ready to Apply and become a Volunteer?  Complete an Application and Register for a New Volunteer Orientation below.

Questions or problems registering to become an individual volunteer? Please contact us and we’ll help you through the process!

We have volunteer opportunities for group volunteering and court-ordered community service as well, please call to inquire about these programs for specifics.

Rosenberg Animal Control and Shelter (RACS) cares for over 1,200 animals in need each year and your support today will make a difference for our homeless animals. Donor generosity allows us to continue helping these animals by providing medical care when necessary, and finding forever homes.  Your donation today will make a difference in the life of a homeless animal.

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations help us provide rescued animals with basic pet healthcare as well as treatment for serious conditions and injuries.  Your generosity allows us to provide the following services until forever homes can be found:

  • Basic vaccinations and microchipping
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Specialty veterinary care
  • Shelter animal enrichment

A Breakdown of What Your Monetary Donation Can Provide:

$50 – Covers the cost of basic vaccinations and microchipping.
$75 – Covers the cost (of most) spay or neuter surgery.
$150 – Feeds ten or more shelter animals for one month.
$200 – Can provide specialty and life-saving emergency care.
$400 – Covers the cost of care for one animal from homelessness to adoption.
$1000 – Helps ensure our ongoing ability to provide shelter to animals in need.

Your donation today is tax deductible.

Want to purchase a RACS t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie,  and more that benefit the animals in the shelter? Go to Rosenbergtx.gov/RACS-Gift-Shop.

Item Donations

Item donations are also an important need for the animals in the shelter.  Items can be dropped off at the shelter during normal hours, or ordered thru our Amazon Wish List link.  The following items are needed for the help and care of our animals:

  • Amazon wishlist
  • Dog/cat treats
  • Canned/dry food
  • Washable, durable pet toys
  • New small blankets
  • New dog houses (See below)
  • New fencing materials (See below)
  • New collars, harnesses and leashes
  • New carriers and crates
  • Cages or habitats for small or exotic animals

For questions, contact the Rosenberg Animal Control Officer at (832) 595-3490 for more information.