Become a Volunteer

Behind Every Shelter Animal is an Army of Caring Volunteers

Volunteers allow us to provide great care and varied enrichment to our shelter animals. Without the time, effort, and expertise of each volunteer, we would not be able to run our shelters! Recognizing the valuable role of volunteers, we are committed to providing thorough, hands-on training with ongoing support to every volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Feline Animal Care – provide a helping hand in the daily care of our cats and kittens, including feeding and cleaning *Please note ALL weekend and afternoon shifts are currently full
  • Canine Animal Care – keep our dogs and puppies comfy and cozy by meeting their daily needs, including feeding and cleaning *Please note ALL weekend and afternoon shifts are currently full
  • Customer Care – greet clients and help to match adoptable animals with their forever families (18 and up)
  • Shelter Care – keep the shelter sparkling and welcoming by assisting with sweeping, mopping, dishes, and laundry
  • Spay/Neuter Transport – transport shelter animals to/from the Oakland Spay & Neuter Surgery Center and the Oakland Adoption Center for their spay/neuter surgery (18 and up)
  • Event Ambassador – raise awareness throughout the East Bay about who we are and the many programs and services we offer by tabling at community outreach events
  • Humane Advocacy Admin – assist community members seeking resources for their pet (18 and up)
  • Pet Food Pantry – transport and pick up cat and dog food to stock our pet food pantry for community members in need (18 and up)

We do not have any volunteer opportunities at our Dublin Adoption Center at this time. This section will be kept up to date with current opportunities as they arise, thank you for your patience!

After learning the foundations of volunteering at our shelter and maintaining a regular shift, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in additional trainings to further their animal handling, leadership, and/or customer service skills.

Who Can Volunteer

  • Adults aged 18 and older may volunteer independently.
  • Youth aged 16-17 may volunteer independently but must submit a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Children ages 10-15 are welcome to volunteer as part of an adult/child team, under the supervision of a trained parent or guardian. A volunteer team is one child per adult.
  • Youth can also volunteer independently through one of our many Humane Education Programs.

How To Become a Volunteer

  1. Read through our list of current volunteer opportunities to determine which volunteer position(s) you are interested in. Make sure to click the heading to read through the full volunteer position description!
  2. Fill out our volunteer application. Acceptance is based on your availability and interests, as well as our current needs.
  3. Complete the online New Volunteer Info Session (2 hours).
  4. Attend an in-person Volunteer Orientation (1.25 hours). 
  5. Attend volunteer position specific training.

Applications are now open for volunteers that can attend our next Orientation on Saturday, November 6th. Orientations are held every other month. The application will remain open until the orientation is full. Space is limited!

Please note, all animal care weekend and afternoon (3-5pm) shifts are currently full. Only weekday morning (8:40-10:40am) shifts are available.


Have Additional Questions?

Contact the Volunteer Services Department at

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