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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

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.

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.

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.