Please register for the volunteer orientation to find out more about the LA SPCA and these volunteer opportunities.
Client-Care at the Shelter
Assist visitors as they look for a new companion. Explain the policies and procedures of adoption to potential adopters and assist them with necessary paperwork.
Off-site Adoption Team
Assist with bathing and transporting adoptable animals. Set-up and breakdown at off-site location. Talk with prospective adopters while they choose a new companion, helping them find a pet that fits their lifestyle. Explain the policies and procedures of adopting from the LA/SPCA and have them fill out all necessary paperwork, including the adoption contract. Collect adoption fees. Off-site events are 100% volunteer driven.
Web Pet and Printed Publications Project
Take pictures of the adoptable animals for our Web site, as well as various other outlets; including Craigslist, Gambit Weekly, Petfinder.com. Write descriptions based on personal interaction with pet, feedback from staff, and information gained at animal intake.
Provide temporary in-home care for special needs animals, dogs awaiting transport to another adoption facility, or participate in the Fast Track Foster Program where you keep the animal until they are adopted.
Work directly with the animals at the shelter. Exercising and socializing the animals is very important to their mental health. Companion animals suffer without companionship. Due to the volume of animals at the LA/SPCA staff has precious few minutes to commit to this basic need.
Occasionally we may need assistance with carpentry, painting and other miscellaneous fix-it projects. Also, in an effort to beautify our location and create a more adoptable environment, landscaping and grounds work are occasional areas of need as well.
Community Outreach and Humane Education
Show & Tail school program (Not Available to Teams) Take your dog into the classroom and teach children the basics of animal safety and responsible pet guardianship. Must be available during the week and possibly some weekends, depending on requests, and own a dog with a tolerance for large groups of small children. If you do not own an appropriate dog we will provide a puppy for you to take to the classroom.
Dog Training Class Assistance
Would you like to assist our professional dog trainers in dog training classes? Do you love to engage with dogs and their people? Are you interested in learning more about the science of how animals learn? Then this position is for you!
Pre-event committees and day-of event opportunities.
Volunteer with the LA/SPCA Development Team aiding with designing, organizing or implementing fund raising details or events. Professional organized individuals with any of the following skills are very welcome to work on projects: data management, computer skills, community relations/contacts, and phone or writing skills. There are multiple ways to put your talents and skills to great use with volunteer fund raising; still not sure, feel free to contact us.
Take candid digital pictures of dog obedience students, events, off-site adoption days, volunteers at shelter, staff at shelter, etc. Must have high-quality digital camera and ability to place pictures on a CD and mail to shelter. Pictures will be used on our Web site, Facebook, annual report, etc.
Assist staff with office duties including answering the phone, inputting information into the computer, directing questions about animal care and animal control to the proper department and answering questions about shelter policy and procedures.
Volunteers needed to assist Communications Director in marketing campaigns, street team outreach, and media campaigns
Graphic Design Qualified graphic designers needed on occasion to design signage, brochures, fliers.
The LA/SPCA engages with donors, volunteers, and general supporters through Facebook and Twitter. If you are interested in helping us engage your peers let us know.
Veterinary Clinic and Mobile Outreach Center
Qualified Vet-Techs may assist with Vet-Tech duties, cleaning kennels, feeding animals and greet/assist clients on an as needed basis. (Must be approved by clinic)
Writers and Wordsmiths
Polished professionals needed for a variety of writing opportunities on an "as-needed" basis.