At Humane Society Silicon Valley, volunteers are critical to fulfilling our mission of saving and enhancing lives. Volunteers support every department and fill vital roles doing everything from animal care to adoption support to administrative duties and so much more. There are dozens of roles available for volunteers – find out more about some of the different areas where volunteers can make a difference!

Animal Care Roles

Make a difference in the lives of animals by providing hands-on care in a variety of roles. Volunteers in animal care roles help with a wide range of duties – from socializing the dogs and cats to providing medical care to animals. By socializing our animals, you enrich their lives and help to prepare them for their forever homes.

Support Roles

Use your skills and expertise to advance our mission! Support volunteers help with fundraising, finance, marketing, technology, and more. By using your skills behind the scenes, you’re increasing our capacity to save more lives.

Customer Service Roles

Do you love people and animals? We have a variety of roles available for friendly faces, from assisting with adoptions to helping in our medical center, our Customer Service volunteers ensure customers have a great experience at HSSV. Use your customer service skills to help us achieve our mission of saving and enhancing lives – both two-legged and four-legged!

Ready to get started? We recruit volunteers several times a year. To find out if we’re currently recruiting, check out our volunteer page for more information.

Are you under 18? Please keep an eye on our Student Opportunity page or our Youth Programs and Education Page for volunteer and educational opportunities designed for those under the age of 18!

Carla Berti

Not only does Carla spend her free time fostering cats and kittens, she’s also a volunteer in our ringworm department. Carla spends most of her time treating cats and kittens with ringworm, socializing them, and training new volunteers. She even makes each cat feel special by crocheting them a bed to go home with when it’s time for adoption!


I want to volunteer with the cats and dogs. How can I do that?

We typically recruit for Cat and Dog Volunteers once or twice a year. Current volunteers get “first priority” during the recruitment process.

I want to volunteer, but I have no experience. Do you provide training?

Yes! We will provide all of the hands-on training you’ll need to feel like a confident and connected member of HSSV’s volunteer community!

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