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MLK Weekend of Service


PHOENIX – Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, and HandsOn Greater Phoenix is providing volunteering opportunities for Valley residents to make a positive change in their community.  This Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. volunteers can sign up to help Maricopa County Animal Care Services get cats and dogs out of their kennels.

Volunteers are needed at the West Valley location for taking dogs on walks, brushing cats, and showing all the animals at the shelter some TLC to help maintain their physical and emotional well-being, which increases the animals’ chances of being adopted.

“Maintaining their physical and emotional well-being maintains their adoptability.  So, come walk a dog, pet a cat, and help save more lives!” the volunteer website said.

HandsOn does not accept court ordered volunteers and will not sign off on any court-related documents. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer for this event, or other MLK Day service opportunities email, or please visit

Maricopa County Animal Care Services cares for more than 36,000 pets in a year. Most of these are young, energetic dogs and cats, and volunteers are needed to help get them out of their kennels, so they can enjoy some fresh air.

The minimum age requirement for Puppy Pals is 15-years-old with a parent. All volunteers aged 16 and 17 who wish to attend without a parent must bring a signed Youth Volunteer Waiver. Volunteers should bring a reusable water bottle, plenty of sunscreen, and wear closed toe shoes and long pants.