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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

With more than 1,000 core volunteers and 2,000 short-term volunteers, HSSV is able to save and enhance the lives of thousands of pets and people each year. There are a variety of critical and deeply impactful volunteer roles to choose from based on your age, schedule and preferences. Adult Volunteers are 18 years or older and can serve about 8 hours per month. We hope you’ll join us!

How Do I Get Started?

We hold New Volunteer Recruitment Cycles as needs arise within our organization. Please keep an eye on our webpage for updates. If you have questions, email

Year Round Ways to Get Involved

1. Become a Foster Volunteer

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.

2. Become a Doggy Day Out (DDO) Volunteer

Volunteers give our active, large breed dogs (that tend to pull on the leash and don't quite yet understand good manners but are otherwise great dogs) a mini vacation from the shelter by taking them on day or overnight outings in the area. Hikes, beach days, some chill time in a home or dinner at a dog - friendly restaurant are all common outings our dogs enjoy.

By taking out a DDO dog, you can help them get adopted too! You’ll meet people who might be interested in adopting a DDO dog and sharing photos and videos of your DDO dog with us helps us spread the word about them on social media. Learn more.