Thank you so much for considering volunteer work with the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA! As a volunteer you will be joining a talented group of more than one thousand people who generously donate over 100,000 hours of their time every year. We are grateful for the enthusiasm, dedication and love they share with us every single day.
We are fortunate to receive many requests to become a volunteer. It is important to us that volunteer service be a full and meaningful experience for everyone who participates. Because of this, we recruit new volunteers for our general program on an every other month basis. This gives us time to meet the hundreds of people who submit applications and make sure they are properly placed in a program and receive complete training before they begin. Visit our FAQ page »
Current General Volunteer Opportunities
Applications are now being accepted for these areas only. Please submit
the general volunteer application to be considered for any of these
volunteer assignments. If you don’t find a volunteer opportunity that
suits your interests and skills, please check back here on July 5, 2013
as we will post new opportunities then!
North Campus – Oceanside
Canine Companion (weekdays only)
Central Campus – San Diego
Petco Adoption Center – El Cajon
Adoption Center Assistants
General Volunteer Application
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Foster Volunteer: Volunteers provide a loving home environment for animals with special
that are candidates for our Foster Program include animals less than eight
weeks of age; mothers with litters; animals with minor medical needs; animals
recovering from surgery or illness; and animals that need further behavior
evaluation or socialization. Read more about fostering here »
Foster Volunteer Application
Community Service Officer (CSO): The purpose of the Community Service Officer (CSO) program is to provide interested parties the opportunity to explore their interests and aptitudes in the field of humane animal law enforcement by on the job exposure to all aspects of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s Investigation Department’s various job duties. Through direct interaction with working Humane Officers, Field Service Officers, Dispatchers, and support staff, a person is motivated to expand their interest in the profession of humane animal law enforcement as a future career. Background check and special application apply. Commitment of sixteen hours per month.
Community Service Officer Application
Become a Volunteer
Submit an application:
- Download the Fillable PDF that corresponds with your area of interest.
- Fill out the PDF online by using Adobe Acrobat or print the PDF and fill out using a blue or black pen.
- Email your completed application to email@example.com or send via mail to:
San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
5500 Gaines Street
San Diego, CA 92110
What happens next?
your application is received you will receive confirmation from one of
our Volunteer Coordinators. You will be invited to attend a group
interview session where you will receive more information about the San
Diego Humane Society and the various volunteer opportunities we have
available as well as a behind-the-scenes tour. We look forward to
getting to know you and showing you our campuses.
- Following the
interview, the Volunteer Engagement department will validate your
application and contact you if there is an appropriate volunteer
assignment that matches your skills, interests and schedule.
you have received your assignment, we will schedule training necessary
for our program. This will include a Volunteer Orientation as well as a
training workshop and/or shadow training with a staff member.
understand that it can take awhile to become a San Diego Humane Society
volunteer. We strive to make our volunteer experience worth the wait!
We have dozens of volunteers who have been with us for a decade or
more. We hope that the application process is the beginning of a long
and inspiring volunteer career for you.
Thank you so much for your patience and for your desire to become a volunteer with us!