Volunteer- It Feels Great!

Unfortunately, city funding does not adequately staff Philadelphia’s City Animal Shelter to give the staggering number of animals in its care the proper love and attention they need.  As a result, dogs lack walks and exercise, cats lack socialization and human interaction, adoptable animals are not posted on the Internet in a timely manner, adoption events at off-site locations with shelter animals are understaffed, and much  more.  The volunteer opportunities at Philadelphia’s City Animal Shelter are practically endless and include hands-on activities with the animals and many non-animal contact activities that are equally vital in saving lives.

Volunteer opportunities at Philadelphia’s City Animal Shelter include:

  • Cat Socialization
    Provide exercise, play and hands-on activities for cats in the shelter.
  • Dog Socialization
    Provide exercise, play, leash manners and hands-on activities for dogs in the kennels.  Without volunteers, dogs are not walked.  Dogs in animal shelters are confined to cages.  The isolation and restricted activity can cause health and behavior problems that affect the dogs’ quality of life and chances for adoption.
  • Grooming
    Bathe and groom dogs and cats to make them as attractive as possible for potential adopters.
  • Off-site Adoption Events
    Select animals, bathing them if necessary, and feature them at various mobile sites throughout the Delaware Valley
  • Office
    Office work for mailings; put together adoption and educational packets; photocopy; return phone calls; file; help with other office tasks as needed.
  • Fostering
    Provide temporary home care for shelter animals and litters who need a little extra time and attention.



ACCT Philly has a vibrant volunteer program, with volunteers working with every single department within the shelter. They always need volunteers to assist in the following:

To join the ACCT Philly Volunteer Team, download the application below and e-mail it to volunteer@acctphilly.org. Volunteer Orientation are the first Saturday at 10 am, second Thursday at 6:30 pm, and third Sunday at 10 am of every month!

ACCT Philly Volunteer Application

If you fill out an application and do not hear back or do not hear about orientations at the City shelter, please email Philadoptables

The ACCT shelter is located at:
111 W. Hunting Park Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19140