How do I become a San Diego Humane Society volunteer?
Review the recruitment process for each volunteer team by visiting our main volunteer page sdhumane.org/support-us/volunteer/. Click each team page to learn more and apply!
Do you require a COVID vaccination to volunteer?
No, we do not require COVID vaccinations for volunteers at this time.
How often do you accept volunteer applications?
We constantly evaluate the needs of the organization and recruit new volunteers when needs arise. During a recruitment period, the application will be posted to that team's page on our website.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
Oceanside campus: 16+
Escondido campus: 16+
El Cajon campus: 18+
Ramona campus: 18+
Bahde Wildlife Center: 18+
San Diego campus: 14/15 accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also an approved volunteer. Volunteers 16+ may volunteer unaccompanied.
I'm not old enough to volunteer, but I want to help. What can I do?
Host a third party fundraiser. Information and guidelines can be found here.
Host a donation drive at your school or in your community to collect new or used items from our Wish List, including towels, blankets and pet supplies, which you can then donate to us.
Partcicpate in our Youth Service options
Explore our D.I.Y. Volunteering page
Can I get community service hours for school?
Hours towards school-ordered community service can be verified upon successful completion of 2 months of service.
Can I satisfy court-ordered community service requirements?
Hours towards mandated court-ordered community service can be verified upon successful completion of 2 months of service. Due to the high volume of interest in volunteerism at San Diego Humane Society, candidates interested in fulfilling community service with us must complete our full application process and all required trainings prior to beginning their service. At this time, we do not offer short term or quick turnaround service opportunities meant to fulfill court ordered requirements.
Are there costs associated with volunteering for SDHS?
Volunteers are required to purchase a t-shirt or apron, which are available for less than $15. (Not required for fosters)
Adoption Ambassador pet volunteers must purchase a leash sleeve for $15.
How can my group get involved in volunteering?
Please visit sdhumane.org/support-us/volunteer/group-service
Can I volunteer at any other Humane Society if I complete your application?
All humane societies are independent organizations. If you are interested in working with another animal welfare organization, you must complete their volunteer application process.