At Humane Society Silicon Valley, volunteers are critical to fulfilling our mission of saving and enhancing lives.  We recruit volunteers on a quarterly basis and reach out to those individuals who sign up for our interest list when we open a recruitment. We use the categories you select on the interest form so that we can find the right individuals to fill each role. Please sign up for our interest list so that we know when to reach out to you, when we have a need that fits your interests. 

What are the basic requirements to volunteer?

  • Volunteers in regular on-site roles must be over the age of 18. 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. Animal handling roles ask for a one-year commitment.

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.  

Sign up on our animal care roles interest list


Shelter support roles vary throughout HSSV. These volunteers help us with tasks like laundry, dishes and preparing kennels for new guests. 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.  

Sign up on our shelter support roles interest list


Our Medical Surgery Department provides care for animals and 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.   

Sign up on our medical clinic support roles interest list


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. 

Sign up on our office support roles interest list



Are you between the ages of 13-17 years old? HSSV has a few limited roles available for student volunteers in the Animal Care and Enrichment Department.  Select this option on our interest form to let us know you are interested in receiving information about student volunteering when we open a recruitment. See our Student Volunteering FAQ page to learn more about these opportunities.  

Sign up on our student roles interest list


Are you a parent interested in volunteering with your teenager? HSSV sometimes has limited opportunities. Please let us know if this is something you are interested in by selecting on our Interest Form. 

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