Fort Worth animal shelter staff members need help to ensure pets can celebrate Thanksgiving this holiday season.

The details

According to a city news release, volunteers are needed to serve a three-course meal to the animals at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Feast at the shelter. The city’s two main adoption facilities—Chuck & Brenda Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center at 4900 Martin St., and North Animal Campus, located at 351 Hillshire Drive—will be celebrating Petsgiving this year.

The specifics

The news release stated the following details about the event:
  • The event will take place Nov. 23 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Volunteers will help with food prep, distribution and dog walking.
  • Children ages 6-15 years old may attend with a parent.
What you need to know

According to the news release, new volunteers will need to email Tanea Jackson at [email protected] to expedite the volunteer onboarding status in time for this event.

Volunteers are needed year-round at the Fort Worth animal shelters, not just during the holiday season. According to a city website, volunteer activities include:
  • Playing with the pets to help them socialize
  • Taking the pets on walks
  • Bathing and grooming pets
  • Feeding pets
  • Assisting with adoptions
  • Assisting with tours of the shelter
Another way to volunteer is to be a foster parent for a shelter pet. According to the city website, fostering supports shelter pets in the following ways:
  • Short-term foster placement: Short-term placement includes taking pets out for a day trip or an overnight sleepover. Short-term fostering decreases stress in the animals, gives them a break from the shelter and helps shelter staff gain valuable information about the pet to help match them with their future adopter.
  • Helping long-term shelter animals: Some animals, such as medium or large adult dogs, have been in the shelter for longer than 30 days and need to get out of the shelter.
  • Helping with puppies/kittens: Sometimes pets are too young to be adopted, including a mom with newborns, and would benefit from foster care.
  • Helping recovering pets: Some pets need foster care to better recover from an illness or injury.