Volunteer Positions


Available 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: If you are under 18 years of age, please check out our youth community services projects for students and scouts. 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.

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Volunteer opportunities at the Sacramento SPCA include:

Cat Socialization

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

Training: New volunteer orientation, workshop, and three mentor sessions.

Dog Socialization

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: New volunteer orientation, workshop, and three mentoring sessions.

Small Animal Socialization

Provide exercise and play time for rabbits, Guinea pigs and rats.

Training: New volunteer orientation and two mentoring sessions. 

Kong Brigade 

Clean, stuff and distribute Kongs to shelter dogs.

Training: New volunteer orientation and training done by lead volunteer for Kong Brigade. 

Love on Loan

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: New volunteer orientation and pet evaluation by SPCA behavior and training department staff.

Media Appearances

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

Training: New volunteer orientation and completion of either dog or cat socialization training.

Mobile Adoption

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.

Office Support

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 by returning client phone calls, filing documents, scheduling appointments, and helping clients complete paperwork.

Training for each office position: New volunteer orientation and training done within the department assigned.

Vaccine Clinic Assistant

Volunteer out our vaccine clinic held on Mondays and Tuesdays. Examples of duties include: greeting clients, gathering client information and assisting veterinary staff.

Training: New volunteer orientation and training done by Clinic staff.

Special Events

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 event.

Training: New volunteer orientation.

Street Team

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.

Training: New volunteer orientation


Help us keep ensure that not pet in our community goes hungry because their owners can’t access or afford pet food. Volunteer to help at our twice-weekly drive through pet food pantry.

Getting Started:  Attend the next available new volunteer orientation and further instruction will be provided.​


Nancy holding a Dachshund

Volunteer Spotlight

Nancy’s Nomination, “Nancy’s face is one I see around the shelter on a daily basis. She seems to be everywhere: smiling, offering support, whipping out a dog treat, having deep conversations with dachshunds, you name it!! She has so many roles as a volunteer, I can’t even keep them all straight, but she seems to help out with everything! She brightens the day and lightens the load and we are so lucky to have her!”