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Become a Volunteer

We’re so excited you’re considering volunteering at Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV). We would love for you to be a part of our awesome group of volunteers who help us fulfill our mission daily.

About our Volunteer Program

Volunteers play a critical role in our ability to meet our mission goals of saving and enhancing the lives of both people and pets. Our adult Volunteers are 18 years or older and can commit to 8 hours of service per month for one year. There is a $40 registration fee for Volunteer Orientation, and training is provided for all Volunteer roles.

We have closed enrollment for this Recruitment Cycle. Please check back in May for updates on new Volunteer opportunities.

How do I get started?

  • Step 1: The next Volunteer Recruitment Cycle is February 25 – March 25, 2017. Check out the roles we currently have available in this Recruitment Cycle below.  
  • Step 2: During the Meet & Greet, we’ll let you know more about HSSV, and go into detail about the Volunteer roles that are available right now.
  • Step 3: After the Meet & Greet, we’ll send you an online Volunteer Application. Please submit your application by March 11, 2017. 
  • Step 4: The Volunteer Team will review your application, and if it’s a good match, we’ll invite you to attend one of two Orientations! The Orientation dates are March 22, 2017, and March 25, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
    • Please note: If you can’t attend either of the Orientations, your application will be re-reviewed for suitability during the next Volunteer Recruitment Cycle, which begins in May 2017.


Volunteer Roles Available during this Volunteer Recruitment Cycle

Program Services Track

  • Pet Store Clerk: When animals get adopted, their families visit our Whole Pet Store to buy goodies and get their pet outfitted before the ride home. Help in all aspects of this process, from the first “congratulations,” to ringing them up and saying goodbye!
    • Days and Times Needed: Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.; the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.; and Fridays, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Education: Teach kids and families about pets through field trips, tours, and special volunteering programs for kids.
    • Days and Times Needed: Tuesdays through Saturdays, about 6 hours per month, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Dog or Cat Track

  • Kennel Attendant: Provide for the critical, daily care of our shelter animals by cleaning kennels, feeding the animals, and assisting in doggy playgroups.   
    • Days and Times Needed: Mondays through Fridays, 2 – 3 hours per week, between 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Foster Care: Foster parents are heroes and allow us to help even more animals in the community! One animal in your home allows us to rescue another into our Animal Community Center or Neighborhood Adoption Centers. Learn more >


Please note that we do not provide short term volunteer service, court ordered community service or restitution.