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Volunteering with Metro Animal Care and Control

Metro Animal Care and Control works with individuals and organizations across Nashville to help domestic animals find caring homes, decrease over-population of cats and dogs through spaying and neutering, support widespread rabies vaccinations, and promote responsible pet ownership.

We are much more than just an animal shelter. We are a place where dedicated professionals and volunteers share their commitment, their talent, and their enthusiasm to help the animals and people of Nashville-Davidson County.

We have many opportunities in which volunteers can participate, including enrichment, grooming, marketing or clerical work, assisting with special events and clinics, advocating for spay/neuter, humane education, photography, or assisting with adoptions.

We are focused on building a community passionate about animal welfare, and we can’t wait for you to join us!

Age Requirements for Volunteering

Under 12 years old: We encourage our youngest fans to help the shelter through at home project opportunities. Including: donation drives, making dog treat bags, and making cat mats.

Please email the Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in learning more about these projects.

Ages 12-15: We encourage these youth volunteers to come along with a parent or guardian to the shelter. These teens will work as a team with their adult partner, together at all times, and will be able to participate in many of the projects and jobs here.

Ages 16-17: Our teen volunteers are approved to volunteer in any capacity (without an adult partner). They simply require a parent or guardian’s sign-off before volunteering.

Becoming an Animal Care and Control Volunteer

Please complete the volunteer application and sign up for an orientation session (done through the application).

We require that all volunteers complete orientation, training and a background check before becoming part of the program.

We do not currently accept applications for court-ordered service hours.

To learn more about our Volunteer Needs, please see our Opportunity Directory: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Orientation

Upcoming dates:

  • December 19
  • December 21

MACC will not host any volunteer orientations in October but will resume volunteer onboarding in November. You can submit an application and you will be emailed when November dates are chosen.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in corporate or group volunteering? We are proud to host volunteer opportunities for small and large groups ranging in size from 6 to 20.

Group volunteering opportunities are offered Tuesdays-Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Available dates are listed in the application. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Please fill out the Group Volunteer Application to reserve a spot today!

Other Information

  • All volunteers must wear closed-toe rubber soled shoes , pants, and weather-appropriate clothing.
  • For groups serving 4 or more hours and/or multiple dates, tasks may include more involved projects such as:
    • Storage organization
    • Supply assembly
    • Yard work
    • Dog bathing

Please Note: Submission of a group volunteer application does not guarantee placement.

Please email MACC's Volunteer and Events Coordinator for more information.