Be a part of our growing volunteer program!
The Central California SPCA is looking for volunteers who are passionate about animal welfare and furthering the mission of the CCSPCA.
We provide training to help you build the skills that prepare you to improve the lives of the homeless animals in our care, as well as, educating the community about humane animal care.
We accept individual and group volunteers from ages 8 to 100+ and provide a wide variety of job assignments for any skill set.
• Must be able to make an average time commitment of 8 hours per month
• Must be able to commit to a minimum volunteer period of 6 months
• Volunteers under 18 years old DO NOT EVER handle the animals.
• We do not accept court-order volunteers.
• We do not have a program for working with our horses.
• Volunteers younger than 18 need a parent or guardian to attend Volunteer Orientation with them to complete required permission and waiver forms. Parents or guardians do not need to be present during training or volunteering.
Adult (18+ years old)
Whether you like walking dogs, cleaning kennels, socializing with cats, assisting in the office, helping customers, or wish to become an ambassador for our education/adoption/fundraising events, the CCSPCA can utilize your skills to help animals.
Youth Work Experience Program (15-17 years old)
The following positions are available for non-animal handling work:
• Pet Detective
• Adoption Assistant, Greeter & Guide
• CCSPCA Ambassadors
• Office Assistant
• First Impressions Team (Facility Maintenance)
These positions may involve working with customers, helping in an office setting or cleaning projects and require that volunteers be serious about their commitment and willing to take instruction while working as part of a team.
Critter Kids & C.A.R.E. Club (ages 8-11 & 12-14)
The Junior Program is part of the CCSPCA’s Humane Education Department. With a goal toward educating the community on humane issues, this program engages children and pre-teens in creative workshops designed to teach compassion & appreciation for animals. The workshops include topics on different animal species, responsible pet ownership, pet care, dog bite prevention and much more. Service activities are age appropriate and may include creating animal themed projects or shelter animal items; clean-up projects or leadership activities that prepare them for future volunteer work.
Group Volunteer Service
We are accepting school, business, church, club, and community organizations/groups to participate in our “Volunteer for a Day at the CCSPCA” program. Groups should be between 5 and 20 people. Larger groups may be split into smaller groups to accommodate activity size restrictions. Activities conducted by groups will be project based and determined by the CCSPCA to meet shelter needs at that time. Groups may be asked to bring tools and supplies depending on the project. Groups do not need to attend orientation as they will receive an orientation and tour during their volunteer service day. Please contact us by email or phone to schedule your group.
How to Become a Volunteer:
Step 1. Apply Online: Click here to apply.
Step 2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation Meeting: The class will be held in our Education Center. At the orientation you’ll be provided with a presentation and tour of the shelter. Please bring a form of picture ID; preferably government/school.
Step 3. Attend a Training Class: Training will be specific to your age group and qualified positions.
Step 4. Begin Volunteering: Upon completion of orientation and training, the Volunteer Services Manager will assign you to tasks you are qualified for based on open positions, age requirements, and your interests.
For more information about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Services Manager, at 559-233-7722 ext. 124 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.