Oceanside Volunteer Opportunities

San Diego Humane Society’s Oceanside Campus cares for the homeless and stray animals of Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. Volunteers help serve our animals and guests to ensure a remarkable experience at the shelter. We are grateful for the enthusiasm, dedication and love they share with us every day.


New volunteers are typically recruited every other month, on an as needed basis. Please review the information below and if interested in getting involved, RSVP to a Volunteer Info Session by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. At this session you will learn more about our organization, the volunteer program, current opportunities and how to apply for a position on the team!



New volunteers will begin in our foundation level role where they learn the foundation of animal sheltering and assist with feeding, cleaning, making enrichment items and assisting guests. After a minimum of 15 hours of service, volunteers may apply to step up into our core level roles such as dog walking, cat socializing, etc. These roles require additional training, responsibility and a weekly shift commitment.

Foundation Level Duties Include:

  • Animal Care – Assist with feeding, cleaning and in-kennel enrichment at the shelter. Shifts available daily between 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Minimum commitment is one shift every other week. Shifts typically run 2 hours in length.
  • Guest Services – Greet guests and tour them around our shelter, answer frequently asked questions and help with clerical tasks. Shifts available daily between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Minimum commitment is one shift every other week. Shifts typically run 2 hours in length.
  • Neighborhood Adoption Centers – Assist with feeding, cleaning and in-kennel enrichment for cats, kittens and rabbits at our Neighborhood Adoption Centers (inside local Petcos, PetSmarts, etc). Shifts available daily between 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Minimum commitment is one shift every other week. Shifts typically run 1 to 2 hours in length.


Requirements to Volunteer at the Oceanside Campus:

  • At our Oceanside Campus, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
  • All volunteers must complete a Volunteer Info Session, small group Service Planning Session and an individual mentor shift prior to volunteering solo. This training series typically takes 1-3 weeks after the Info Session and is designed to set our volunteers up for success!
  • All volunteers must have access to email since most volunteer communication is done via email.
  • At this time, we are unable to verify hours to meet community service requirements mandated by the court. Hours for school, military, etc will be verified after 6 months of service.



  • Sign up for a Volunteer Info Session! Info Sessions are typically hosted every other month, on an as needed basis, starting in January. At this session you will learn more about our organization, the volunteer program and our current opportunities. Sessions are posted to this web page at the start of each recruitment month, when new volunteers are needed.
  • Complete the Volunteer Application! If after attending our info sessions you decide we are the right organization for you, you can then complete our online volunteer application and sign up for a Volunteer Service Planning Session. This small group session includes a walking tour of the facility, initial training in the foundation role and an opportunity to practice the duties to determine if it is the right fit for you.
  • Mentor Training Shift! Following the planning session, the Volunteer Engagement team will review your paperwork and place you in the volunteer program if our assignment that matches your skills, interests and availability. Once you have received your volunteer offer, you will schedule your hands on training. This may include a training class and/or mentor training with a staff member.



ALL sessions for this recruitment round are now full, please check back on November 1 to sign up for the next recruitment round.

Official San Diego Humane Society volunteer applications will be sent to all Info Session Attendees after the session.

Friday, September 21, 6 – 8 p.m. – 35 seats – SESSION FULL

Friday, September 28, 6 – 8 p.m. – 35 seats – SESSION FULL

You can also get involved in other ways to help our animals. Thank you so much for your support!

Consider becoming a Foster home.

Create animal enrichment items from our Do-It-Yourself Packet.

Host a donation drive to collect items on our Wish List.

Post Furry Flyers to help our shelter animals get adopted.

Host a third party fundraiser.

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