At Humane Society Silicon Valley, volunteers are critical to fulfilling our mission of saving and enhancing lives.  We recruit cyclically, we use the interest form so that we can find the right individuals to fill each role. Please sign up for our interest list for the roles that interest you and we’ll reach out in the next recruitment cycle.  For Animal Care roles we prioritize reaching out to those submissions made within the last 3 months.  

What are the basic requirements to volunteer?

  • Volunteers in regular on-site roles must be at least 18 years old. If you are under 18 and interested in volunteering, please visit our student volunteer opportunities page.
  • Most of our volunteer roles ask for a weekly or bi-weekly commitment for a six-month period.

Volunteers support every department at HSSV – Read on to learn more about some of the different areas where volunteers can make a difference at HSSV! 


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, cats, and rabbits, welcoming them into their homes as a foster, or helping them find their new families.  By working directly with our animals, you enrich their lives and help to prepare them for their forever homes.   

Add your name to our animal care roles interest list


We have a number of different volunteer roles that support our shelter. Our shelter support volunteers help us with tasks like laundry, dishes and preparing kennels for new guests.  They support our fundraising team by helping us prepare spaces for events. Shelter-support roles include sorting donations and preparing pet food for delivery, and delivering food to home-bound clients for our Pet Pantry Program. Some roles also include being on call to transport animals. 

Help with laundry and dishes now!

Add your name to our interest list for other shelter support roles


Our Medical Surgery Department provides care for animals.  Volunteers play a vital role in helping us reach our goals. In these roles volunteers join our veterinary staff in caring for our surgery patients and supporting our mobile clinics. If you have interest or experience in the medical or veterinary field these roles may be the right fit for you.   

Add your name to our medical clinic support roles interest list


Use your skills and expertise to advance our mission! You can support our fundraising team by volunteering to stuff envelopes and mailers. Office support volunteers also help with finance, marketing, technology, and more. By using your skills behind the scenes, you’re increasing our capacity to save more lives. 

Add your name to our office support roles interest list



HSSV occasionally opens limited roles for student volunteers in the Animal Care and Enrichment Department.  See our Student Volunteering FAQ page to more information.


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!

Volunteering FAQs