Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunites at San Francisco SPCAShelter Volunteer

Dog and 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. 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 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 Holiday Windows event at Macy's, sign up today!.

Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

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 or email volunteers@sfspca.org.

Corporate Volunteer Groups: Special half-day projects which are scheduled Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm, 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 cover the supplies and administrative costs of your project as well as support our life saving programs we strongly suggest a donation based on your company’s annual budget (see guidelines below) to the San Francisco SPCA upon confirmation of your service project date.

Free: Nonprofits

$500: Budgets less than $1M

$1,000: Budgets $1-5M

$2,000: Budgets more than $5M

To reserve a date below for your group, please email us at volunteers@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. You can view our upcoming dates here

There are many ways for businesses of any size to give, and each gift moves us closer to finding forever homes for more than 6,000 animals a year. Learn about some fun new ways to partner with the SF SPCA  here

We also welcome support with in-kind and monitory donations click here

Thank you for sharing our enthusiasm for animals and their welfare!