Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunites at San Francisco SPCAShelter Volunteer

Adoption Matchmaker
Provide a warm greeting and excellent customer service to our adoption center clients as you help them find the right cat or dog.

Animal Photography
Help reduce the length of stay for cats and dogs by making sure they show their best side in the photos on our website.

Dog/Cat Socializing and Training
Help make their stay less stressful and ready them for a loving home by spending time socializing or training cats and dogs, and making sure dogs get their daily walks.

Dog Training Class Assistance
Support our dog trainers in their dog training classes, usually on weeknights and weekends.

Food Preparation and Feeding
Assist our staff as they make sure our animals get the nutrition they need to thrive.

Animal Assisted Therapy Volunteer

Take your trained and certified pet to visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and even SFO to bring the therapeutic value of animals to those in need. Learn more about our Animal Assisted Therapy programs.

Community Cares Volunteer

Community Cat Team
Help trap feral and free roaming cats for the trap-neuter-return (TNR) program. Assist in the intake of cats, train and educate the community on TNR, and so much more. Read more about Community/Feral Cats.

Foster Volunteer

Volunteer from your home, where you will care for young kittens or puppies until they are old enough to return to the shelter for adoption, or give a loving, end-of-life home to terminally ill animals. Read more about Foster opportunities.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Front Desk and Administrative Assistance
Assist our staff with greeting clients, paperwork, making calls, data entry, project management and problem solving.

Special Events
Be on call to help with parties, adopt-a-thons, and fundraisers throughout the year.

Holiday Windows Greeter
Greet visitors at our annual Macy’s Holiday Windows event, which generally runs from mid-November to early January.

Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Done-in-a-Day – special half-day project assignments for corporate groups or clubs often include helping with administrative tasks, painting, deep cleaning, gardening, special projects, or events. We provide a tour of our campus and an overview of our mission. Most often done-in-a-day opportunities do not include direct animal care or handling. The maximum number of people for these opportunities is 15.  If you are interested in corporate group opportunities please call 415-522-3523.

The Done-In-a-Day projects are completely booked for 2016 calendar year. Please check back in January 2017 for projects.

Project 20 Community Service – individuals working to pay off traffic citations through Project 20 assist us seven days a week with the hundreds of loads of laundry we do at the SF SPCA. If you are interested in community service through Project 20, please call 415-522-3523