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!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We will host our next orientations in January 2020 and will be posting the dates to the website in mid-December. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming orientation soon!
Becoming A Volunteer
I AM 18 OR OLDER
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.
I AM 15-17:
Teens 15-17 who would like to get involved with animals must attend volunteer orientation and complete any required training. 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.
I AM 14 OR YOUNGER:
Check out the many ways for kids and teens to get involved with animals through our Kids for Animals program.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Cat Husbandry
Provide our shelter cats with excellent living conditions by helping to clean their kennels, litter boxes and housing areas.
Provide young kittens with safe, appropriate socialization to help them stay happy and healthy while they await their furr-ever homes.
- 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.
- Ringworm Treatment
This program provides life-saving treatment and interaction to cats and kittens with ringworm. With daily shifts to feed, interact with, and socialize and two weekly sulfur lime “dips,” volunteers play a central role in helping these animals under the guidance of the Health Staff.
- Rabbit Enrichment
Provide shelter rabbits with the social interaction and mental stimulation these clever creatures need so they can better enjoy their time with us.
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.
- 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. To start fostering, email email@example.com.
- 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!
- 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.
- Pet-Assisted Therapy and Barks & Books
With your own certified companion animal, visit libraries, schools, assisted-living facilities, hospitals, and other organizations serving both youth and adults to provide interaction with an animal that promotes empathy, compassion and care, and strengthens the human-animal bond. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA does not certify teams. Teams must already be certified through one of the following organizations: Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International, Love on a Leash, Alliance of Therapy Dogs, or Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs.
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.
Everyone with a smart phone can now be a videographer! You don’t need fancy, expensive equipment to help promote the dogs, cats and critters in our care. Seeing a dog’s tail wiggle waggle or a curious cat head bump for attention can be just the thing that makes a potential adopter an adopter. Help positively promote shelter pets and find them new homes by taking videos for us to use on social media. Volunteers must use their personal digital cameras or phones and submit a signed waiver giving PHS ownership and full usage rights to videos. No watermarks.
- ICU Cuddlers
Assist our Health Staff by monitoring and cuddling animals in our ICU. These animals need a little extra love, care and attention.
- Vaccine Clinic Helpers
Every Sunday, the SNiP Clinic hosts the Vaccine Clinic for members of the public to bring their pets to the shelter to receive low-cost vaccinations. Helpers assist staff members to welcome, process, and input patient’s information into our database.
- Fluff N’ Fold
Laundry is an essential part of helping the shelter’s departments have all the clean towels and sheets they need. Fluff N’ Fold volunteers will work in a two-hour shift monitoring the washer and dryer and folding laundry.
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 to craft something special for our shelter animals to enjoy. Minimum volunteer age for Sunday Morning Helpers is six years old. Volunteers 6-14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Volunteers 15 and older may volunteer on their own. Sign up for the next Sunday Morning Helpers!
Just for Kids
- Kids for Animals
Are you a young animal lover? The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has many ways for kids and teenagers 18 and under to get involved with animals.
The Kids for Animals handbook provides great ideas on how you can make a difference in the lives of animals. Volunteer at PHS, complete a service project, organize a donation drive or make toys for shelter animals, and you’re automatically a Kid for Animals!
Download your own copy of Kids for Animals handbook (for a printer-friendly version click here) and get started today! Use the hashtag #PHSKids to share your good work!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kids & Teen Volunteering
Option 1-Volunteering WITH a Parent/Guardian: Teens 15-17 who would like to get involved with animals with a parent or guardian must attend volunteer orientation and complete any required training together. 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 with your parent/guardian. You will then receive a confirmation email with more details.
Option 2-Volunteering WITHOUT a Parent/Guardian: Teens 15-17 who would like to get involved with animals without a parent or guardian can join the Kids for Animals Teen Club. **We’re temporarily not accepting new Teen Club applicants. Check back for an update on February 1st.**
Kids 14 and under
The Kids for Animals (KFA) Club offers kids of two different age groups – 7-11 and 12-14 – a unique afterschool opportunity to experience the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA shelter. Each Kids for Animals Club session includes weekly meetings that incorporate an engaging humane education topic and craft or game activity geared towards animals. KFA Club Members may also participate in special on- and off-site PHS events and other kid-related activities. Register now.
Registration is $180 and includes a T-shirt, ID badge, crafting materials and a Community Service Certificate.
Help our shelter animals stay nice and fresh by assisting in our laundry! Volunteers ages 6-17 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 any volunteer 15 and older must RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation with the parent or guardian who will be volunteering with them. 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 6-14 are not required to attend orientation, but any volunteer 15 and older must RSVP for an upcoming volunteer orientation with the parent or guardian who will be volunteering with them. 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
- Volunteers under the age of 15 can learn about our Kids for Animals program.
- 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.
Read more about volunteering at PHS in our Volunteer Policies and Procedures Handbook.
For Current Volunteers
Access VicNet to log your hours.