Become A Volunteer

Volunteer with ACCT Philly!

If you are interested, please look into the different opportunities offered below to find out how you can get started.

Dog at the shelter placing his paw in a volunteer's handMain Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer, you can make a difference in the lives of shelter animals!

Volunteers must be at least 18 year old and be able to dedicate at least 3 hours per month to volunteering.

You can learn more about ACCT and our volunteer program in our general orientation here (40:39). 

Following completion of the orientation, demonstrate your understanding by filling out the general orientation quiz here

Upon successful completion, you will receive a pop-up message granting you access to fill out the volunteer application (please allow us a period of up to 1 week to process and approve your application). 

Main shelter volunteer opportunities include:

  • Cat socialization
  • Dog walking and socialization
  • Take photos of animals at the shelter so they have better website photos
  • Cleaning cat and critter cages
  • Greeting adopters and helping them figure out where to go
  • Join our Foodies club and help make food enrichment for our animals!
  • Laundry and dishes
  • Preparing enrichment items
  • Providing exercise for dogs by joining our ACCT Philly running team!

Offsite Volunteer Opportunities

Adoption, community, and fundraising events are a great occasion to promote the shelter, recruit new volunteers and spotlight adoptable animals!

These opportunities include:

  • Caring for our cats at in store cat adoption centers, such as the PetSmart in King of Prussia, where we need volunteers to help care for the cats daily. Sign up to volunteer there here
  • Setting up our booth or table, directing and interacting with potential adopters
  • Representing the shelter at community events, talking to people about our work and how they can get involved
  • Taking a dog to an event, and talking to people about the dog, taking photos and sharing notes with staff about the dog on return to
    help them get adopted
  • Recruiting volunteers at events

Group Volunteer Opportunity

ACCT Philly is always looking for groups to come in and help with many aspects of the shelter! We may have a specific project for you to work on or just need your help doing laundry, helping with our food pantry and washing dishes. As our individual volunteers go through specialized training before handling any animals, we no longer have group volunteers participating in activities that require dog or cat animal handling. But we do have groups help with our critters! We are also happy to finish every group volunteer opportunity with some doggy playtime and a photo opportunity.

We typically have groups of 5-10 but can potentially accommodate more with enough notice. Every person participating must be at least 18 years old to volunteer unless an exception is made in advance by ACCT Philly.

If you have a group of friends, coworkers or classmates who would be interested in getting involved, please email 

a kitten being fed by syringeWhen your corporate team makes ACCT Philly their volunteer-day destination of choice, your company will be making a huge impact on and difference to Philly’s homeless animals. ACCT Philly is the only open-intake animal shelter and animal care and control facility in Philadelphia. More than 15, 000 animals – dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pigs, wildlife – come through our doors annually. They enter in all states of health and behavior; sizes large and small; from newborns to seniors. Thanks to staff, rescue partners, adopters, fosters, and volunteers, including those from companies like yours,

Whether your team would like to engage in a specific project or participate in a structured experience that can include laundry, helping with food pantry, washing dishes and providing animals with enrichment and care, ACCT Philly provides an experience your organization will not soon forget. It’s always our hope some of your employees will get hooked by the beautiful 100 percent purebred Philly dogs and cats we shelter here, and come back as regular volunteers!

We can accommodate groups of as few as five volunteers and as many as 20. We’ll provide a tour of the shelter, and an informative short presentation on ACCT Philly. Usually, our corporate volunteer opportunities run between 2 and 3 hours.

(All volunteers must sign a waiver of liability. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.)

Please reach out to if you have any questions regarding the program. Thank you for your interest in joining our ACCT Philly volunteer team!