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Volunteers needed at all Care Centers

If you have a passion for animals and are looking to make a difference, Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) needs your help! We have various volunteer opportunities at our Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and upcoming Queens Care Center, including: helping shelter operations, client service, Dog Companion, Cat Companion, Rabbit Companion, Guinea Pig Companion, offsite outreach events and more.


Queens Volunteer Orientation

Sunday, April 14 | 5pm – 7pm
Purgatory Music Club
675 Central Ave, Brooklyn 12007

Volunteer Orientation

Our scheduled orientations have already taken place. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill-out the assessment form below.


Currently a volunteer

If you are currently a volunteer, click here to sign-in to VICNET.

Location Services

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Program of Animal Care Centers of NYC.

Volunteers are a vital part of our organization, and play a huge role in caring for the animals in the shelters. If you are interested in volunteering please check back when January orientation will be posted.

Our volunteers work in several areas of our operations.

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to our program of at least six months, with a minimum of six hours in each month.

Volunteer Opportunities

By Program

ACC currently has three volunteer programs within the organization:
Companion volunteers interact with our animals at the care center or at offsite events. There are four kinds of companion programs you can train for and are assigned to
For Dog and Cat Volunteers, there are several levels according to which areas you can work in.
For Dog and Cat Volunteers, there are several levels according to which areas you can work in.

Additional training is required to qualify for each room. All applicants who successfully complete training are Level 1, and work first in the Adoption Rooms. Level 2 is by invitation only. We will identify volunteers who have shown good handling skills, ability to follow instructions and consistency in service and reach out to them to train for Level 2.

At any point during your service, when you feel that you are comfortable, you can discuss with a Volunteer staff member about adding any of these assignments to your service

Volunteer Opportunities are available at the following full-service shelters

Manhattan Animal Care Center

326 East 110th Street, New York, NY 10029

Brooklyn Animal Care Center

2336 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11208

Staten Island Animal Care Center

3139 Veterans Road W, Staten Island, NY 10309

Support Programs Volunteers
  • Companion volunteers
  • Support Program volunteers
  • Fosters
  • These volunteers work with cats, dogs, and rabbits. All volunteer groomers must be experienced and licensed, and must go through the same orienting process as companion volunteers. Groomers work with the Medical Department.
Adoption Follow-Ups
  • These volunteers are an integral part of ensuring that adoptions are followed through accordingly. Volunteers contact adopters 48-72 hours after an adoption to see how the companion animal has acclimated to its new home. These volunteers may answer general questions related to pet care, while referring more complicated questions to the adoption supervisor for review. This volunteer opportunity is done remotely from home, and volunteers work with the Adoptions Department.
Community Pets Program
  • Our Community Pets Program is a compassionate outreach program which helps keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter by providing free resources to pet owners in need. Volunteers fill crucial roles at our free pet vaccination and microchip clinics in the Bronx and Queens, help transport needed supplies to homebound pet owners, and volunteer at other events as needed. If you are interested in only volunteering in this program and not the other roles discussed above, email us at CommunityPets@nycacc.org.