Become a Volunteer

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.

In return, we ask each volunteer to commit to a two-hour weekly shift and a six-month-long commitment. Hopefully, longer! We have morning and afternoon shifts available every day from 8 am to 6 pm. If you know now that these hours or this commitment would be difficult, please consider helping us in other ways and/or becoming a foster parent.

Who Can Volunteer

  • Adults aged 18 and older may volunteer with us independently.
  • Volunteers 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 supervision of a trained guardian.
    • Both guardian and child must attend a Meet & Greet Session and then submit an application to become volunteers.
    • One child per adult
    • In positions that involve handling dogs, the adult must hold the leash at all times
    • Children can also volunteer through our many Humane Education Programs during the school year.


How To Become a Volunteer

1. Attend a one-hour Meet & Greet Session at your preferred location.

2. After attending a Meet & Greet Session, if you are ready to become a volunteer, you will be invited to submit a Volunteer Application.

3. Acceptance is based on your interests and availability as well as our needs. If your availability and interests match, you will complete a New Volunteer Orientation. Then you’ll be ready to start volunteering!

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at the East Bay SPCA! We ask that volunteers commit to a weekly two-hour shift and are able work with us for at least six months.

Our greatest need is for Animal Care Volunteers. These volunteers provide essential care to our animals to keep them happy and healthy. Tasks include feeding dogs and cats, sanitizing kennels and doing dishes and laundry. These shifts are scheduled every day of the week from 8-10 am and 3-5 pm.

Experienced Animal Care volunteers are eligible for additional volunteer activities, some which require additional specialized training, such as:

              • Canine and Feline Socialization & Enrichment
              • Customer Care
              • Behavior & Training
              • Jog-a-Dog Canine Exercise

We also have other areas and programs where volunteers are greatly appreciated. You can make a great impact participating in volunteer opportunities such as:

              • Marketing & Development
              • Photographer/Videographer
              • Youth Programs
              • Offsite Events

Have Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQ page!

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Where to Find us


Adoption Center

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Theodore B. Travers
Family Veterinary Clinic

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Veterinary Clinic Hours
Monday - Friday
By appointment only (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center

410 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621

Surgery Center Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
(by appointment)


Adoption Center & Spay Neuter Clinic

4651 Gleason Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Spay/Neuter Clinic Hours
By appointment only


GuideStar Platinum Charity

2018 Awards


The East Bay SPCA is a local non-profit that is not affiliated with any national organization. We obtained a four star rating from Charity Navigator and we participate in GuideStar Exchange at the Platinum level. The East Bay SPCA's Tax ID number is 94- 1322202.

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