Volunteer Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Shelter Volunteer

Socialize dogs and cats, to make their shelter stay less stressful and ready them for loving homes, and make sure our dogs get their daily walks. Advanced volunteer opportunities available including Adoption Matchmaking, Animal Photography, Dog Training Class Assistance and Food Preparation and Feeding.

Please attend an info session to get started!

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 program.
Foster Volunteer

Volunteer from your home, caring for young kittens or puppies until they are old enough to return to the shelter for adoption. Read more about our Foster opportunities and how to get started.

We also need foster volunteers to care for adult dogs recovering from injury. Another opportunity is Fospice, where volunteers provide loving, end-of-live homes to terminally ill animals. Read more about these opportunities.

Community Medicine Volunteer Opportunities
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 or get started as a volunteer with community and feral cats

To get started, attend a volunteer info session.

Mobile Vaccination Clinic Volunteer

Volunteer at our at our bi-monthly clinic in the Outer Mission and Bay View where we provide free vaccines and more to neighborhood cats and dogs.

Please attend an info session to get started!

Additional Volunteer Opportunities
Front Desk Greeting and Hospitality

Greet and direct visitors to our Adoption Center & Hospital.

Please attend an info session to get started!


Lots of animals = lots of laundry, and you can help!

Email volunteers@sfspca.org

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Community Service through SF MTA – Individuals working to pay off traffic citations through SF MTA 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 SF MTA, please call 415-522-3523 or email volunteers@sfspca.org.

Corporate Volunteer Groups: Special half-day projects, which are scheduled Tuesday-Friday from 9am-1pm, are for corporate groups or clubs (up to 12 people) to help with gardening, painting, or beautifying our Mission Campus. Most of these special volunteer projects do not include direct animal care or handling, but do include a tour (where you get to see our adoptable animals) and an overview of our mission and programs. Group Service Project dates are set in advance and we may not be able to accommodate specific date requests. Please feel free to reach out about alternate dates.

We are grateful to corporate volunteer groups like yours to help us complete important projects on our campuses. 

To find out about our needs and to reserve a date for your group, please email us at mcrow@sfspca.org. Please note that all volunteers must be over 18.

If a project is not available or does not meet your company’s needs, consider these other important ways of supporting the SF SPCA…

Work directly with our animals on a weekly basis. If you would like to hear more about our volunteer opportunities for individuals, please attend a volunteer information session.

There are many ways for businesses of any size to give. Learn about some fun new ways to partner with the SF SPCA.

We also welcome support with in-kind and monetary donations.

Thank you for sharing our enthusiasm for animals and their welfare

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