We Need Volunteers!

Have you always wanted to get involved helping animals?  Now’s your chance! Take a look at what we’re currently recruiting for here.


Become a Volunteer

With more than 4,000 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. We hope you’ll join us!

Learn About Volunteer Roles

The Value of Volunteerism

Fiscal Year 2018

Total Hours Given
Doggy Day Out Volunteers
Canine Foster Families

Volunteer Stories

Esther Moncharsh

Esther gives more of her time to Humane Society Silicon Valley than almost anyone else. She touches almost every piece of the organization in a variety of volunteer roles — nearly a dozen different roles in all. One of her favorite places to volunteer is in the behavior department. She helps evaluate and work with the more challenging cats, works in the kitten nursery to help get under-socialized kittens ready for adoption, and even fosters underage kittens.

Greg Price

Greg has been a volunteer with us for over 6 years and comes in at least 4 days a week. He’s a board certified behavior analyst and uses his extensive skills volunteering in the behavior department working with dogs with behavior issues. His favorite part of volunteering with HSSV is participating in dog playgroups because he can see the impact they have, including teaching dogs how to get along with each other, trust humans, and experience joy.

Karley Delorme

Karley is one of our most dedicated volunteers. She holds nearly a dozen roles, and spends her time here volunteering with dogs, participating in rescue runs, working in our spay/neuter clinic, helping with events, and assisting our fundraising team. Her favorite parts of being a volunteer include helping match dogs with adopters, welcoming in new dogs that are transferred here, and learning new skills in the medical department.

Upcoming Volunteer Information sessions

Please register for one of the Meet & Greet Information sessions that works best with your schedule and review open roles below. All sessions take place at our Animal Community Center at 901 Ames Avenue, Milpitas, 95035.

Session 1:  September 14, 2019 from 10a – 11a

Session 2: September 17, 2019 from 1p – 2p

Session 3: September 21, 2019 from 10a – 11a

Now Recruiting for the following roles:

Role TitleHow this helpsSkills and DutiesWhen we need helpThe Best Volunteer for this Role is...
Adoption AssistantIncreased visitors = more adoptions => you’re the first person they see!• Greet all visitors and assist them with check-in
• Manage the wait list and customer expectations
• Answer basic questions
• Weekday afternoons
• Sundays
A “people-person.” Happy, kind, helpful and patient!
Education Our youth programs support more than 8,000 children and families each year with pet education! • Facilitate programs
• Make sure each guest feels welcome, respected and valued, and answer questions patiently
• Requires a Background Check
• Weekday mornings and afternoons
• Saturdays

Flexible, enjoys talking with people, good with kids and families
Finance ProcessingOur small finance team helps HSSV run smoothly and accurately!• Process daily deposits & reconcile reports
• Data entry (Excel and QuickBooks)
• Count money and receipts
• Prepare bank deposits and courier drops
• Preferably Wednesdays (am or pm)
• Weekday mornings also work
Detail-oriented and organized
Finance Special ProjectsThis behind-the-scenes work is crucial to understanding trends in adoptions, shelter costs and animal capacity!

• Run and export reports using software and Excel
• Help with things like audit preparation
• Other projects as assigned
• Monday (pm) OR
• Tuesday (am)
Detail-oriented, organized and interested in how shelters work
Foster Animal Vaccination Station (FAVS)This volunteer-run station significantly expands our capacity for general medical care to shelter animals!• Provide vaccinations and deworming treatments to foster puppies and kittens
• Answer phone and schedule vaccination appointments
• Assist with bottle feeding animals as needed
• Restock supply area as needed
• Saturdays and Sundays
• mornings and afternoons
Comfortable with animals, people, and needles
Gratitude AmbassadorHSSV is able to say “thank you” to every person who donates to the animals, regardless of how much they’ve given, thanks to volunteers in this role! • Make thank-you phone calls
• Write thank you cards
• Weekdays between before 4p only

Reliable and friendly
Medical AssistantOur vets and vet techs need help closing up shop after a long day of providing much-needed medical care to our community’s animals.• This is your first step to getting involved in the medical center
• Clean medical instruments, cages, floors, surgery tables, and workstations
• Help break down surgery equipment
• May help with special projects like updating booster lists and doing treatments
• Mondays – Saturdays from 3-6pm only
Serious, independent and focused
Medical Reception AssistantHelp coordinate daily administration of a high-volume spay/neuter medical center!
• Greet visitors and help them navigate the check-in or check-out process
• Weigh cats and dogs and record it on the proper forms
• Place or retrieve animals with matching paperwork from habitats
• Clean exam rooms
• Answer questions regarding HSSV medical services
• Mondays - Saturdays between 7a - 6:30p

Team player, helpful, and focused
Social Media SidekickGood pictures get animals adopted – it’s as simple as that!• Provide feed content several times a week
• Update HSSV Instagram stories
• Ability to keep up with updates to Instagram, best practices, and trends within the app and social media at large
• Has access to a cell phone with a high-quality camera
• Experience with basic photography/videography principles
• Comfortable handling and working with animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets
• Flexible schedule
• Locations are at Petsmart in Sunnyvale or Petco in San Jose
Artistic and outgoing
Whole Pets AssociateEvery family is invited to the pet store after they’ve adopted, and Whole Pets volunteers help them feel prepared to take their new family member home.
• Help new pet owners pick out items for their new pet
• Use credit card terminal, process gift cards and discounts/coupons, process returns and donations, and complete sales
• Move merchandise, stock shelves, unload and take inventory, clean pet store area, help with inventory
• Tuesdays - Sundays, afternoons, early evenings

Artistic and outgoing
Outgoing and responsible
Marketing Production DesignerHelp us share our story with a wider audienceAdobe Illustrator
Support and build additional design assets.
Support the conception of marketing promotions by gathering relevant photography and design examples
• Project-based
• Can do this remotely
Creative and experienced
Neighborhood Adoption Center AssociateBe a key player in our ability to find homes for 1,800 pets each year AND expand relationships within the community • Care for the animals' daily feeding and cleaning needs
• Organize and coordinate daily needs of the center
• Help connect clients and shelter pets through facilitated matchmaking process
• Mondays - Sundays
• afternoons and evenings
• Multiple locations offered (Sunnyvale and San Jose)
Flexible and highly customer-service oriented



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