Programs & Services

Volunteer positions

The Sacramento SPCA is looking for volunteers who are passionate about animal welfare and excited about furthering the mission of the Sacramento SPCA.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be able to make an average time commitment of eight hours a month
  • Must be able to commit to a minimum volunteer period of 12 months

Please note: Community service student assignments do not include working directly with the animals. Learn more about youth opportunities.

Our goal is to meet your needs and expectations while also utilizing your talents to meet the needs of the Sacramento SPCA.

Work with the public to find the best match between families and shelter pets. Educate potential adoptees of pet responsibilities, pet costs, and behavior issues.

Training: Orientation, completion of either dog or cat socialization training, 20-40 hours of cat or dog socialization, one workshop, 60 hours of shadowing and 60 hours of being shadowed.

Bathe dogs and cats to make them as attractive as possible for potential adopters.

Training: Orientation and completion of dog socialization training.

Provide exercise, play, and hands-on activities for cats in the cattery.

 Orientation, workshop, and three mentor sessions.

Provide exercise, play, leash manners, and hands-on activities for dogs in the kennels. Dog walks and playtime are on the Sacramento SPCA campus.

Training: Orientation, two workshops, and two mentor sessions.

Provide temporary home care for shelter animals and litters who need a little extra time and attention. Learn more about fostering.

Training: Foster care workshop.

Help with the preparation and presentation of many events at and for the Sacramento SPCA. Events include annual book sales in the spring and fall, as well as Doggy Dash and our annual gala events.

Training: Orientation and specific training for duties.

Assist and direct the public and provide them information about the Sacramento SPCA.

Training: Orientation and specific training for duties

Help shelter with various odd jobs, as well as pick ups and deliveries.

Educate the public on the proper and humane treatment of animals, pet overpopulation, and the general goals and concerns of the Sacramento SPCA. Teaching or public speaking experience is helpful. Education will take place in a classroom setting. Weekday availability is necessary, as well as occasional weekends for shelter tours.

Training: Orientation and specific training for duties.

Take your own pet (certified by the Sacramento SPCA) to senior and other appropriate facilities to visit with residents. There you provide pet therapy to help reduce stress for resident and individuals who are ill.

Training: Orientation and certification.

Select and transport shelter animals to local TV and radio stations for “Pet of the Week” segments. Weekday morning availability is necessary. Transportation vehicle is provided.

Training: Orientation and completion of either dog or cat socialization training.

Select animals and feature them at various mobile sites throughout the Sacramento area. Communicate with the public about the Sacramento SPCA and our animals for adoption.

Training: Orientation and completion of either dog or cat socialization training.

Work directly in a specified neighborhood to provide outreach support to residents and their pets. Build trusting relationships with residents to provide understanding of proper pet care and wellness and the benefits and importance of spaying and neutering their pet. Members schedule spay/neuter appointments and provide information on available, sometimes free, services for residents. May involve walking door-to-door and/or attending community events.

This program is provided by grant funding from the ASPCA, and is a collaborative effort of the Sacramento SPCA, City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter, Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation, and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary.

Training: Orientation and training workshop specific to this position.


General administrative assistance: Assemble Sacramento SPCA mass mailings, prepare educational packets, photocopy, return phone calls, and other tasks as needed.

Spay/Neuter clinics: Support the Sacramento SPCA’s high-volume clinic, return client phone calls, file documents, schedule appointments, and help clients complete paperwork.

Animal receiving: Support a busy department by returning phone calls, producing photocopies, and directing clients.

Training for each office position: Orientation and specific training for duties.

Spread the word about how the Sacramento SPCA is more than a shelter at community events all year round. Events may include festivals, parades, farmer’s markets, and run/walks. Bring an adoptable pet or your own!

Training: New volunteer orientation
Contact: or (916) 504-2847

Provide assistance to seniors and their pets in our community. Examples of duties include dog walking for seniors who are home-bound, cleaning of litter boxes, transporting pets to their veterinarian, or taking pets to grooming appointments.

Training: After completion of a fingerprint and background check, two in-home training workshops.

Volunteer by helping out at the Sacramento SPCA Thrift Store at 1517 E Street in Downtown Sacramento.

Training: Orientation and specific training for duties.

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