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!
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.
Engage your team and make an impact in your community. We welcome teams of up to 15 for different group volunteer opportunities at our Mission Campus. Please reach out to email@example.com to learn more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To expedite the adoption process, please complete the cat or dog adoption form and bring a printed copy with you to the SF SPCA Adoption Center (Hours & Location). This helps us better understand what sort of pet you’re looking for so we can guide you every step of the way! Please bring a valid photo ID and verification that you are allowed to have a pet where you currently live.
First, we’ll meet with you to find out more about you and your pet preferences and answer your questions. Our goal is to help you find the pet that best fits your lifestyle and living situation so we want to make sure you have a realistic understanding of the time and resources necessary to provide training, medical treatment, and proper care for your new pet. This can take time so please allow at least one hour for the adoption process.
Once we have a good understanding of your living situation and the type of pet you’re interested in, we’ll make introductions and let you spend some quality time getting to know each other to see if there’s a love connection. It’s important that all household members take part in this important decision so please make sure everyone is present (including any resident dogs if you’re considering adding a new pooch to your pack).
Once love happens, we’ll complete the paperwork, review all the SF SPCA adoption benefits, provide information on any known medical or behavioral issues, and share tips to make the transition a success for both you and your new pet.
We consider you and your new furry friend a part of the SF SPCA family so please reach out with questions ― and be sure to share your adoption stories and pet photos at sfspca.org/stories
Don’t forget to schedule your first free health exam at the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital within three days of adopting.