Are you an animal lover looking for a meaningful volunteer experience? Our volunteers support every area of the Pasadena Humane Society. You will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the animals in our care. Help us work towards making a more humane community for all animals!

Becoming A Volunteer

The first step to becoming a PHS volunteer is to view our volunteer programs listed below. Each volunteer position has a unique set of requirements and expectations. If you decide you’d like to join one of the programs, please RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation. You will then receive a confirmation email with more details.

Please note that volunteers must be 15 years of age or older to volunteer with animals. Other fun opportunities are available to volunteers age 14 and younger.

Volunteer Programs

Dog

  • Dog Socialization
  • Use reward-based training methods as taught by the PHS Behavior Department to safely interact with dogs, teach them new skills, and get them out of their kennels for a romp in the play yard or training room. Our shelter dogs can’t wait to have fun! RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • Blossoming Wallflowers
  • Work with our shy and fearful shelter dogs by providing calm, consistent interaction that helps them build confidence, gain trust, and come out of their shells. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • Dog Enrichment
  • Volunteer to give items or activities to our shelter dogs that provide them with social interaction, mental stimulation, and exercise in order for them to remain psychologically and behaviorally healthy during their time with us. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • Shelter School
  • Use reward-based training methods to teach shelter dogs basic skills and manners to help improve their behavior and adoptability. Once a dog reliably performs these behaviors for both a volunteer and a member of Behavior Staff, they will earn their “Blue Ribbon” and qualify for a reduced adoption fee! RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • Group Class
  • Assist our trainers in helping community dogs learn good manners and skills through reward-based training. Volunteers provide assistance to dog training instructors in PHS group classes for puppies and dogs and also help with class set up and break down. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

Cat

  • Cat Socialization
  • Socialize with our shelter cats and help provide them with excellent living conditions and interaction to help them to feel comfortable and increase their chances of adoption. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • C.A.T. (Cat Adoptions Team)
  • Volunteer at our offsite cat adoption locations at local pet supply stores to provide care, socialization, and cleaning for adoptable cats and give information to visitors on PHS services and programs. Adult volunteers will facilitate adoptions. Volunteers 10-17 years old must volunteer with a parent or guardian and may not handle animals. Volunteers 10-17 years old will clean litter boxes and kennels, help with feeding, and hand out flyers and other PHS materials to visitors. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

Critter

  • Wildlife
  • Learn about the wildlife in our care and work with a variety of species while providing them clean, sanitized living conditions, healthy diets, and appropriate housing. Volunteers will not be working with any prevalent rabies vector species. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

Foster Care

  • Foster Care
  • Help us in our mission of saving animals’ lives by becoming a Foster Care volunteer. While we provide the training, supplies, veterinary care and support, our volunteers provide the open hearts and homes. Together we save the lives of many young animals by preparing them for adoption and opening space in the shelter. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

Outreach

  • On- & Off-Site Outreach
  • Represent PHS in the community! Outreach volunteers interact with the public, host tables, answer questions, and give information on who we are and what we do. Outreach Volunteers may also take additional training to participate in Wellness clinics, Waggin’ events, give presentations and tours, facilitate adoptions, and even lead an event! RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • Camp Counselor
  • Assist our Critter Campers during a week-long program for animal lovers 9 to 12 years old. Help campers get hands-on with animals as they learn about dogs, cats and other critters in our shelter, as well as animal behavior, pet adoption, co-existing with wildlife and careers with animals. Any Camp Counselor volunteer 18 and older must submit to and pass a background check. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • With your own CGC-certified companion animal, visit schools, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, or organizations serving at-risk and vulnerable children to provide interaction with an animal that promotes empathy, compassion and care, and strengthens the human-animal bond. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • Photography
  • A picture is worth a thousand words! Help positively promote shelter pets and find them new homes by taking their glamour shots. Volunteer photographers also help document PHS events and provide PHS with a library of photos for social media, publications, etc. Volunteers must use their personal digital camera that can shoot at 300dpi and submit a signed waiver giving PHS ownership and full usage rights to photos. No watermarks. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

  • TV Show
  • Assist with filming and editing our monthly Animals & Friends TV show that features adoptable animals, pet tips, interviews with animal experts, and more! We welcome volunteers with an interest in learning about or who have previous experience in studio camera, field camera, studio director, editor, and audio technician. Animals & Friends is filmed monthly at Pasadena Media Studios located near the shelter in Pasadena. Pasadena Media equipment and editing suites are available for our volunteers to use. RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation.

Other Ways to Volunteer

Group Volunteer Opportunities

  • Group Volunteer Opportunities
  • Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity for a small or large group? You can help us at events, create a supply drive or fundraiser, or come for a day of crafting. Find out more about our group volunteer opportunities.

One Time Volunteering

  • Sunday Morning Helpers
  • Can’t volunteer with us on a regular basis? Join us for Sunday Morning Helpers at the Pasadena Humane Society! You, your family members and friends can volunteer for a crafting or cleaning crew. Sign up for the next Sunday Morning Helpers!

Just for Kids

  • Laundry
  • Help our shelter animals stay nice and fresh by assisting in our laundry! Volunteers ages 6-14 are welcome to volunteer in laundry with a parent or guardian any day of the week. Children 6-14 are not required to attend orientation, but the accompanying parent or guardian must RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation. For more kid’s activities, visit our Just for Kids page.

  • C.A.T. (Cat Adoptions Team)
  • Volunteer at our offsite cat adoption locations at local pet supply stores to provide care, socialization, and cleaning for adoptable cats and give information to visitors on PHS services and programs. Adult volunteers will facilitate adoptions. Volunteers 10-17 years old must volunteer with a parent or guardian and may not handle animals. Volunteers 10-17 years old will clean litter boxes and kennels, help with feeding, and hand out flyers and other PHS materials to visitors. Children 10-14 are not required to attend orientation, but any volunteer 15 and older must RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation. For more kid’s activities, visit Just for Kids page.

At-Home Service Projects

  • At-Home Service Projects
  • Don’t see an option at the shelter that’s a good fit for you? Help out the animals from the convenience of your own home with our at-home service projects. After you finish one, swing by our Volunteer Services Office to turn it in and, if necessary, get your service hours approved.

General Volunteer Requirements

  • Understand and accept the Pasadena Humane Society’s philosophies.
  • Communicate kindly, courteously and professionally.
  • Read, comprehend and follow detailed policies, procedures and protocols
  • Have no felony or record of cruelty, abuse or neglect of animals and/or children
  • Be 15 years of age or older to volunteer with animals. Other fun opportunities are available to volunteers age 14 and younger.
  • Commit to a minimum of 4 hours monthly if working on site or a minimum of 4 hours quarterly if off site.
  • RSVP online for volunteer orientation.
  • Complete an application.
  • Sign and submit required waivers and forms.
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation.
  • Attend any required training sessions.
  • $10 volunteer kit fee.

Read more about volunteering at PHS in our Volunteer Policies and Procedures Handbook.

For Current Volunteers

Access VicNet to log your hours.

Questions

Email volunteer@pasadenahumane.org.