Current Volunteer Opportunities
As an spcaLA Volunteer, you do more than cuddle kitties and puppies. You will enrich the lives of shelter pets, prevent cruelty to animals, educate kids and adults and provide vitals services, and much more. We provide you with all the training and support you need!

All volunteers will attend a two hour orientation to learn about volunteer tasks, opportunities and spcaLA’s dynamic programs and services. Volunteers will also go through Helping Enrich Animals’ Lives (HEAL)™ training, which empowers spcaLA volunteers to properly care for, handle, and enrich the lives of our shelter pets. Volunteers will be taught how to teach basic obedience, provide enrichment activities, and correct common behavior problems.

Click below for more info on each role and associated training you receive.

Administrative Volunteer

Help answer phones, filing, customer service, data entry, and various administrative tasks.
Hours and duties vary by location.

Dog Grooming

Groom our shelter dogs and make them look their best!
Prerequisite: Level 2 Class & Grooming 101

Events

Represent spcaLA at a variety of events (community fairs, expos, fundraisers, sports events, vaccine clinics, etc.), give shelter tours, and more!
Shifts and locations vary dependent on the event.

Foster Parenting

Provide a safe, temporary home for an animal in need of a little extra TLC. More info.

Fundraisers

Help spcaLA by raising much-needed funds and/or goods. More info.

Working with Dogs

spcaLA Volunteers will help teach shelter dogs basic obedience, provide enrichment activities and correct common behavior problems.
Training:

  • Level 1
    You will learn the basic tools needed to enrich the lives of shelter dogs from outside their dens.
    Prerequisite: Volunteer Orientation
  • Level 2
    You will learn safe handling and basic dog training skills, so you may work with dogs in and out of their dens & take them through shelter dog classes like Adoption Academy™ (obedience), All-Star Agility™, and Hollywood Hounds™(tricks).
    Prerequisite: Level 1 class & 16 hours of Level 1 activities within 30 days
  • Level 3
    You will learn the skills necessary to assist with internal and external dog training classes, assist with AAT tests, mentor Level 1 & 2 volunteers and help with more in-depth dog training and more.
    Prerequisite: Level 2 class & 48 hours of Level 2 training activities within the last 90 days
  • Shelter Classes
    You will take our shelter dogs through one of our three 1-hour training classes; Adoption Academy™ (obedience) and All-Star Agility™. Our dogs will learn new skills while you perfect your dog handling skills!
    Prerequisite: Level 2 class
  • Grooming 101
    You will learn how to properly brush and bathe shelter pets.
    Prerequisite: Current Level 2 volunteer or higher

spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center,
Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:00am–5:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm
South Bay Pet Adoption Center,
Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00am–5:00pm
spcaLA Pet Adoption Center,
Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00am-5:00pm

Working with Cats

Socialize, train and enrich the lives of the cats in our care throughout the day. This may include playing or relaxing with them, cleaning and feeding.
Training:

  • Cat Care & Handling
    You will learn safe handling, care and enrichment activities for shelter cats.
    Prerequisite: Volunteer Orientation

spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center,
Wednesdays through Fridays 10am-5:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm
South Bay Pet Adoption Center,
Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00am–5:00pm
spcaLA Pet Adoption Center,
Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00am-5:00pm

Veterinary Assistance

Help with administrative tasks, animal handling, prep work, cleaning, and other various tasks.
Prerequisites: vary by role and location.

Violence Prevention & Humane Education

Cut treats, prepare lesson plans, assist with workshops, give tours, teach lessons about compassion, data entry, etc.
Prerequisites: Level 2 Class, with various specialized training from our Violence Prevention & Humane Education staff. Please note: those wishing to work with children will be required to clear a background check with and be fingerprinted by the Department of Justice.

Photography

Help our shelter pets shine on our adoption page.
Prerequisites: Must be at least Dog Level 1 and/or Cat Care & Handling. Photography training class.

Interested in filling a current volunteer opportunity?Sign up for an info session to get started today!

Questions? Email us at volunteer@spcaLA.com.