Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society

Volunteers handle duties such as handle duties such as pet grooming, animal care, cleaning, office work, special events, handy work, as well as fostering pets in their own homes. Minimum age to volunteer without a parent is 16.

Berkeley Animal Services

Berkeley Animal Services is a program of the City of Berkeley that provides shelter for unwanted animals.  Volunteers help by bathing, grooming, walking and socializing with their dogs and cats.  Volunteers attend an orientation and receive 3-5 hours of training.  Minimum age is 15.

Berkeley East Bay Humane Society

The Berkeley East Bay Humane Society’s mission is to expedite the placement of adoptable companion animals into appropriate loving homes by providing enrichment, socialization and quality veterinary care while they are living in our no-kill shelter for adoptable animals, and by educating the public about the joys, as well as the responsibilities of pet ownership. The minimum age to help there without an adult is 16 and volunteers are asked to make a six month commitment.

Contra Costa Animal Services Department (CCAS)

The CCAS provides shelter for abandoned animals.  Volunteers can help with grooming, walking and socializing with animals. Volunteers are asked to make a six month commitment and to volunteer for at least four hours per week. The minimum age to volunteer is 18.

East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA works with adoptions, as well as spay and neuter education. They take in adoptable animals, work with other animal facilities and rescue groups. Positions include:  dog trainer, puppy socializer, feline socializer, mobile adoption associate, dog groomer, feline groom, special events aide, photographer, etc. The minimum age to volunteer is 16. 

Fremont Tri-City Animal Shelter

The Tri-City Animal Shelter is part of the Fremont Police Department and it provides sheltering services for lost stray and injured domestic and wild animals found in Fremont, Newark and Union City. The minimum age for volunteers is 16 and you need to make a six month commitment.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Lindsay Wildlife Museum connects people to wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. The minimum age for volunteers is 16.

Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center rescues and humanely treats ill, injured or orphaned marine mammals and assures their long-term survival and through education and communication. The minimum age is 14.

Smiley Dog Rescue

Smiley Dog Rescue is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue and provide sanctuary and ultimately to re-home abandoned stray and neglected dogs. Whenever possible we also assist dogs who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to remain in their homes with their owners.

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation

ARF’s mission is to ensure humane treatment of companion animals, bringing people and animals together to enrich each others lives.  For all volunteers age 17 years and younger, please see their website for updated information on humane education classes.  They require a minimum of eight hours per month.

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue works with East County Animal Shelter.  They help care for and place shelter animals; offers foster homes low-cost spay-neutering and community services. The minimum age for volunteers is 15.

Valley Humane Society

The Valley Humane Society is a ‘no kill’ shelter working to find homes for homeless animals and to educate public in responsible pet care.  There are different opportunities to volunteer for including:  cleaning up litter, changing food and playing with animals to socialize them. You can download a volunteer application from their web site.

White Kitty Foundation

The White Kitty Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care, nurture, and quality of life of the animals in our community. Through donations and fundraising, the Foundation seeks to shelter, rehabilitate, and nurture animals, regardless of condition, and ultimately find them a home where they can flourish.

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center

Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit organization providing a high quality program of therapeutic horseback riding and related activities to disabled children. Minimum age for volunteers is 14.


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