Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways in which you can help us.

Volunteer opportunities are always changing as we grow and introduce new programs. Below is a list of ongoing opportunities. For specific details on current volunteer openings, check out: Volunteer-Opportunity-Roles-2021.pdf. Also, be on the lookout for new opportunities in our Volunteer Portal, email communications, or monthly volunteer meetings.


At Home Opportunities

Social Media/Online Marketing – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites have proved to be invaluable when trying to reconnect a lost pet with its owner. Sharing this information can reach the immediate area as well as out of area/state rescues and communities. We also post photos and descriptions of our current shelter pets for potential adopters.

Adoption Life Writing – Do you have a flair for the written word? Newsletters, articles, Pet of the Week bios, and other communications can always benefit from a creative writer.

Return to Owner Searching – Can you find the needle in the haystack? If you ever have, you know the feeling of accomplishment. We need people to search social media (Facebook, local lost and found sites, Craigslist, etc.) and connect those dots to reconnect owners and their lost pets.

Fundraising and Development – Our organization is completely dependent on donations. Finding sponsors, researching and writing grants, and other donation boosters is always a need.

Fostering Animals – We have been rescuing cats since mid-2016, saving over 200 lives of cats that were completely adoptable but just out of time in kill shelters. See how you can help by looking at our foster page.


AWAY from home opportunities

Offsite Adoption Events – Adoption events occur regularly as we try to put the shelter animals in front of as many potential adopters as possible. Working the events include many different shifts. To learn more about event shifts, you can contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@friendsofrowlettanimals.org to see where you might enjoy your time.

Fundraisers – Whatever the event is, you have the opportunity to get friends and family to join you in your fundraising efforts to support Friends of Rowlett Animals. Contact us about fundraiser events: events@FriendsofRowlettAnimals.org

Local Marketing – Getting the word out to local businesses about the shelter animals and programs.

Photography – Do you own the camera that people envy? Do you have the skills to capture the perfect picture? Taking weekly pictures of the shelter animals that tell their story and show their personality is a way to make a difference.

Photography Facilitators/Assistants – Photographers only have two hands so an assistant makes capturing the perfect picture much easier. Maybe you don’t want to directly interact with the animals which is fine. You will stand behind the photographer and engage the dogs with squeaky toys and funny noises to keep their attention.

Videos – A picture is worth a thousand words but a video is worth a million! Showing potential adopters how a dog chases a ball, sits for a treat, walks on a leash or how a cat plays and purrs can truly make a difference in being adopted or not.

Transporting – Transport shelter animals to offsite events, vet appointments, out of area rescues/adoptions, etc. via your own vehicle. These events can happen only if we have volunteers that can get them to the right place.

Socialization – Do you want to make an animal more adoptable? Walking, exercising, and playing with the shelter animals at the shelter is one way to do that. Each time you socialize with them and give them some TLC, they become more comfortable with humans and/or other animals and friendlier – more adoptable. If you’re interested, Canine Cruisers would be an excellent opportunity.