Summer Break Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with us this Summer

Volunteers allow us to provide great care and varied enrichment to our shelter animals throughout the year. Without the time, effort, and expertise of each volunteer, we would not be able to run our shelters!

The East Bay SPCA Summer Break 2019 Program is for volunteers aged 16-22 to volunteer at our Oakland Adoption Center over the duration of their school break. We ask that you commit to at least two 8AM to 10AM Animal Care volunteer shifts per week throughout the summer. These shifts will be assigned to you based on your availability and interests, as well as our needs.

Important Information:


  •  If you are accepted, you will be required to attend a mandatory Summer Break Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, May 28th from 4pm to 7pm.
  •  The Orientation will be held at our Oakland Adoption Center. If you are not available to attend, you will not be able to volunteer.
  •  Volunteers that are 16 or 17 are welcome to volunteer independently, but must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian at the Orientation. (If you are not yet 16 but you will be by the date of your first volunteering shift you are still eligible to apply.)

All applications are due by April 22nd. Please be aware that space is limited so we encourage you to apply ASAP. Thank you for your interest in the East Bay SPCA!

Frequently Asked Questions:


“I can attend the orientation, but my summer break doesn’t start until a few weeks later. Can I still volunteer?”

  • Yes! As long as you begin your first volunteering shift within 4 weeks of attending the orientation. The application includes a date range for you to provide the start and end of your available volunteering time. If you decide that you would like to continue volunteering into the school year we will provide additional information before the end of your summer break.

“I will be out of town/doing another program for part of my summer. Can I still apply?”

  • We understand that most people have more than one commitment over the summer. As long as you don’t plan to miss more than 5 shifts, we encourage you to still apply.

“What is Animal Care and what will my volunteering responsibilities involve?”

  • Animal Care is the core of the East Bay SPCA’s volunteering program and the biggest impact to caring for our animals until they find their forever homes. You will be assisting staff with feeding our animals, cleaning their enclosures, providing them with toys and bedding, and housebreaking them. If you are interested in doing more involved work with our animals such as training and socialization, we offer this opportunity to anyone who decides to continue volunteering after the end of the program.

  • Please be aware that Animal Care involves a good deal of standing, frequent bending over, lifting 20+ lbs, and using shelter-safe cleaning materials. It also requires adherence to shelter safety and disease prevention protocol (we will provide this information at the orientation and the first shift.) We will accommodate every applicant to the best of our ability, but if you have any additional questions or special needs we encourage you to contact us and/or detail anything you would like us to know in your application.


 “I can’t attend the Orientation, but my parent/guardian/sibling/friend, etc. is available. Can they go for me and give me the information?”

  • Unfortunately, no. Animals in shelters often behave differently than they do in homes and the orientation contains vital information and visual examples on how to safely navigate a high-volume shelter environment. They are welcome to come with you, but it is the responsibility of each individual volunteer to attend the orientation and manage their own schedule once they have completed the training.


“I live closer to the East Bay SPCA Dublin shelter, do you have an equivalent program there?”

  • We are currently unable to accommodate a summer break volunteering program at our Dublin shelter.

Do you have any additional questions? Contact us at

If you are interested in additional summer opportunities with our organization and you are under 18, our Humane Education team is currently recruiting for their Summer Animal Camp Counselor-In-Training program in both Dublin and Oakland shelters.

Click here to learn more and apply now!

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Adoption Center

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Adoption Center Hours
Wednesday - Sunday
11am - 6pm

Theodore B. Travers
Family Veterinary Clinic

8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621

Veterinary Clinic Hours
Monday - Saturday
By appointment only (8am - 5pm)

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
11am - 6pm
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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.