San Francisco SPCA Volunteer in Caroline's Park with dog


Change Lives.

Here for Dogs, Cats, Community

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. As the largest animal welfare organization on the West Coast, we rely on the assistance of caring, hardworking volunteers. Every day more than 1,200 people make an enormous difference in the lives of animals and our community.

Volunteer Opportunities

We offer a variety of opportunities for animal lovers looking to make a positive impact.

San Francisco SPCA volunteer playing with shelter dog in Caroline's Park


Socialize dogs and cats to make their shelter stays less stressful and to ready them for loving homes.

San Francisco SPCA Foster Kitten Program


Care for young kittens or puppies at home until they are ready for adoption at our center.

San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy volunteer program

Assisted Therapy

Take your trained and certified pet to provide the therapeutic value of animals to those in need.

San Francisco SPCA Community Cats Program

Community Cats

Learn how to trap feral and free-roaming cats for the trap-neuter-return (TNR) program.

San Francisco SPCA Monthly Mobile Vaccine Clinic

Mobile Vaccine Clinic

Volunteer at our at our monthly free vaccines clinic in the Outer Mission and Bay View.

San Francisco SPCA volunteer general support

General Support

We are always in need of skilled resources: photographers, greeters, gardeners, and laundry helpers.

Our Volunteer Requirements

At least 18 years of age

All individuals need an email address

Attend a mandatory info session

Learn about current opportunities

Commitment of at least six months

Volunteer for two hours per week

Ready to Get Started?

Attend an in-person meeting before applying to volunteer.
Click below to view upcoming dates and RSVP.

Corporate Volunteering

Engage your team and make an impact in your community at our Mission Campus. Interested in bringing your team to volunteer at the SF SPCA?

Learn More

Watch this video to find out about different volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Resources

You can access helpful information and expert guidance here.