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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 help us meet our mission goals of saving and enhancing the lives of both people and pets every day! Adult Volunteers are 18 years or older and can serve about 8 hours per month for six months - one year, depending on the role. There is a $40 registration fee, and training is provided for all Volunteer roles.

How do I get started?

The next Volunteer Recruitment Cycle is September 12th - October 11th, 2018. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Join us for a “Meet & Greet” to learn about HSSV and the roles we have available.  Read about the roles at the links below.  RSVP by clicking on the date you can attend:


Step 2: After the Meet & Greet, we’ll send you an online Volunteer Application.  Please submit it by September 22nd, 2018.

Step 3: If it’s a good match, we’ll invite you to attend a New Volunteer On-boarding Session on Saturday, October 6th from 10a – 11a OR Thursday, October 11th from 12p – 1p.

  • If you can’t attend either of the On-boarding Sessions above, please check back in early October 2018 for the next Volunteer Recruitment Cycle and sign up then!

Kind Kids Educator (5 volunteers needed)

Help Support our Education Team by leading tours and activities for our Kind Kids Field Trip! While this position doesn’t include hands-on with animals, you will have the chance to change the lives of hundreds of children by helping to educate them about proper pet care.

Read the full Volunteer Assignment Description here: Kind Kids Educator Volunteer

Volunteer Pet Store Associate (5 volunteers needed)

When animals get adopted, their families visit our Whole Pet Store to buy goodies before the ride home. Help in all aspects of this process, from the first “congratulations,” to ringing them up and saying goodbye!

Read the full Volunteer Assignment Description here: Pet Store Associate

Social Media Sidekick (5 volunteer needed)

We need you to scour HSSV for short-story content about animals and people, designed to inspire, uplift, and showcase HSSV’s animals.  This is a brand-new role, and we’re looking for excited, motivated, social media rock stars who know how an online presence can save and enhance lives.

Read the full Volunteer Assignment Description here: Social Media Sidekick

Gratitude Ambassador (2 Volunteers needed)

Are you interested in helping make donors feel appreciated and connected to helping animals? Help us write thank you notes, and make thank you calls between now and the holiday season (please note, this position does not involve asking people to make additional donations).

Read the full Volunteer Assignment Description here: Gratitude Ambassador

Ways to Get Involved Now!

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. Join our Doggy Day Out (DDO) Team

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.

Doggy Day Out FAQs

  • How does Doggy Day Out work?

    We send out two to three dogs per day, every day of the week! Dogs may be picked up between 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., and brought back to the shelter any time before 1 p.m.
  • Can I take a dog out any day of the week?

    We have Doggy Day Out volunteer shifts seven days a week throughout the year. Weekend dates tend to book up faster, so we encourage volunteers to sign up for weekdays. Volunteer dates are booked out several months in advance.
  • Can I pick which shelter dog I want to go on Doggy Day Out with me?

    Our staff picks dogs based on who will benefit the most from some time away from the shelter. 
  • Can my personal dog and the Doggy Day Out dog hang out together?

    Unfortunately, no. Not all Doggy Day Out shelter dogs get along with other dogs, so volunteers should avoid places where dogs are largely off leash (like a dog park), and shouldn't introduce him/her to any other dogs, including their own.
  • What should I bring with me when I pick up a dog?

    Your paperwork, and that's it!

    We'll supply a doggy seatbelt for the car ride, leash, harness, poop bags, treats, water bottle, contact information, and anything else you may need for the day. 
  • How can I help a Doggy Day Out dog get adopted?

    We love it when Doggy Day Out volunteers take photos and videos of their adventures with their canine buddy for the day. You can send photos and videos, and great stories to, or post them on Facebook or Instagram and tag @humanesocietysv.
  • How do I sign up?

    Email with your preferred availability and any other questions you have.

    Be sure to read the Doggy Day Out Manual before coming in to pick up your DDO dog.