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I Want to Volunteer

Thousands of animals pass through our shelter every year. Our staff works hard to provide excellent, compassionate care to every single animal, but we need help. Our volunteers help us give our animals more comfort, love, security, and fun.

Volunteers fill many roles at MAS, including:
-Walking dogs in our 9 play yards
-Socializing cats
-Teaching basic obedience to dogs
-Taking photos of adoptable pets
-Taking videos of adoptable pets
-Writing bios for adoptable pets
-Introducing dogs and/or cats to potential adopters
-Doing laundry
-Working off-site adoption events
-At-home admin computer or phone work

MAS also needs veterinarians and vet techs to volunteer! Veterinarians can now earn 4 of their required 20 annual CEs by volunteering at MAS. Email Veterinary Medical Director Mary Manspeaker, DVM, if you're interested!

Volunteers are a valuable asset to Memphis Animal Services and to the thousands of animals who temporarily call our shelter home. Since our volunteer support is so extremely important, your decision to participate must be made with the full understanding of the commitment and responsibility it demands.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Memphis Animal Services, please attend one of our volunteer orientations, which are offered monthly at 10am on the third Saturday of the month.

For more information about our volunteer program, call (901)636-1448. We hope the time you spend here will be a very rewarding experience!

Volunteer Mission Statement
The volunteer program was developed to promote and compliment the work of Memphis Animal Services in a voluntary capacity.


  • To promote and support the work of Memphis Animal Services to compliment staff efforts
  • To provide care and assistance to the animals at Memphis Animal Services
  • To assist with furthering the services and programs of Memphis Animal Services
  • To provide public awareness and education on the proper care and treatment of animals
  • To promote the human - animal bond
  • The joy of returning pets to their families
  • Placing pets into deserving homes
  • Listing animals that will become loving pets on the website
  • Welcoming new visitors to the center
  • Making people aware of the needs of animals
  • Being part of the solution to problems surrounding pet overpopulation
 MAS new volunteers

Animal Shelter welcomes new volunteers.

Volunteers are vital to any community-based program. Memphis Animal Services is no different. We rely on our volunteers for support in a variety of important and truly life-saving endeavors from customer service and adoption assistance to helping people reunite with their lost pets and assistance at off-site adoption events. There are countless ways you can help!

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