Volunteer Van


Volunteer group from Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Dorothy H. O’Connor Pet Adoption Center (DOCPAC)!  Being a DOCPAC volunteer is extremely rewarding, educational, exciting, and fun. You can have a huge impact on the lives of the homeless animals that enter our Shelter every day. From cat cuddling to dog walking, volunteers help make a difference, one paw at a time!

Prior to volunteering at the shelter, you will need to attend our Volunteer Orientation Class. This class is a basic training session on safe animal handling procedures and protocols at DOCPAC. If you are under the age of 16, you must be accompanied by an adult at all times during your volunteer hours. The adult(s) who will be accompanying the child must take our Volunteer Orientation Class. A strict ratio of one adult to every two minors will be enforced. Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Space is limited.  Call us at 361-575-8573 or email volunteers@docpac.net to reserve your orientation class spot.

Visit our events page to view upcoming volunteer orientation dates.

To attend Volunteer Orientation, you must:
• Submit a Volunteer Application, signed by a parent or guardian if applicable
• Pay a one-time administrative fee of $25.00 to help us cover the cost of our volunteer program, which includes one t-shirt and orientation materials. Fees are non-refundable. If you are supervising a child, the fee is waived and a t-shirt can be purchased separately.

Follow the steps below to complete an online volunteer application-

Donations with Impact

Your kind contributions help ensure that the homeless pets in our facility receive the best care possible before finding permanent, loving homes. Your generosity helps the Dorothy H. O’Connor Pet Adoption Center make the lives better for our community’s homeless cats and dogs. By including DOCPAC in your charitable giving you have made a decision to take an active role in significantly saving animal lives.

Amazon Wishlist

Items can also be donated through our DOCPAC amazon.com wishlist and directly shipped to the shelter.  Click below to view our amazon.com wishlist.

Featured Tools & Tips

Foster Care

Thank you for your interest in our foster care program! To become a DOCPAC foster parent, the first step is completing our Dog or Cat Foster Application.

Lost & Found Tips

As soon as you notice that your pet is missing, talk to your family members or housemates and ask when they last saw your pet.