Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Please take a moment to read more about who we are, what we do, and volunteering at the Pasadena Humane Society.

Then click on the volunteer program descriptions to find the right position for you. If you decide you’d like to volunteer for a program, simply fill out the questionnaire at the end of the description. You’ll receive an invite via email to volunteer orientation and training, and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to volunteering!

August Opportunities

If you’re interested in one of our volunteer opportunities starting in August, please fill out the attached questionnaires no later than Sunday, July 23.

Cats

  • Cat Adoptions Team (C.A.T.)
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing care, socialization and cleaning for adoptable cats as well as giving information to visitors on PHS services and programs. Adult volunteers will also facilitate cat adoptions.

    Duties

    • Provide cats with social interaction and mental stimulation during their stay at one of the offsite adoption locations in local pet stores
    • Spot clean cats’ litter boxes and housing areas
    • Adult volunteers handle animals, facilitate onsite cat adoptions, do adoption counseling, do paperwork and money collection
    • Inform general public about PHS services and programs

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 10 or older
    • Volunteers 10-17 years old must volunteer with a parent or guardian and may not handle animals. Volunteeers 10-17 years old will clean litter boxes and kennels, help with feeding and hand out flyers and other PHS materials to visitors. Parents and guardians must also complete all required steps to become PHS volunteers
    • Volunteers 18 and older will handle animals, facilitate adoptions and do paperwork and money collection
    • Have reliable means of getting to adoptions locations
    • Be willing to be trained and follow policies and procedures issued by PHS
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and cat feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend volunteer orientation and training
    • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds
    • Demonstrate strong verbal communication skills
    • Maintain engaging, polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Wear volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    C.A.T. volunteers must be willing to commit to a minimum of one 2-hour shift per week

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the C.A.T. volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

Other Opportunities

  • Foster Care
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing foster dogs, cats and critters with safe and caring living conditions, transportation to shelter and adoption events, and training and socialization, to aid them on their path to adoption.

    Kitten Season Lifesavers

    Provide kittens (and puppies) with safe and caring living conditions, daily health checks and valuable socialization at this critical stage of development.

    Moms and Babies

    Provide a nursing mother with a quiet and safe place in your home to care for her kittens or puppies until they are weaned and ready for adoption.

    Adoptions Ambassador

    Welcome adult animal(s) into your home and make them visible in your community by going on walks, visiting the parks and attending PHS events to help get them adopted.

    Transport Foster

    Provide short-term foster care for shelter animals scheduled to travel to placement partners (approx. 2 weeks).

    TLC Foster Homes

    Some foster animals require special needs like additional socialization or extra care during or after medical treatments. TLC fosters offer the additional support these animals need.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 18 years of age or older. Families are welcome to foster as long as one member of the household is 18 years of age or older and also completes orientation and training
    • Follow disinfection, sanitation and behavior protocols outlined by Foster Program
    • All members of household should be OK with fostering an animal in the home
    • Have a designated quarantine space (for kittens and puppies)
    • Have a secure space in your home for your foster animal
    • Have access to email and internet
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Be able to bend and lift at least 15 pounds
    • Complete volunteer orientation and foster care training

    Duties

    • Daily health checks and observations
    • Daily cleaning and feeding duties including litter box, housebreaking, walking, bowls and bedding; must follow sanitation protocols between foster groups
    • Report issues and concerns to the Foster Coordinator or Behavior Department as instructed
    • Socialize with foster pets at least 2-3 hours/day according to foster materials
    • Transport fosters to and from shelter or to adoption events
    • Advocate for your foster’s adoption via social media and by taking them to public places as often as possible

    Time Commitment

    Foster caregivers must be able to meet the following schedule guidelines:

    • Commit to fostering for at least one 3-week period.
    • Able to devote at least 2-3 hours per day to overall care and socialization.
    • Available to transport foster animals to the shelter for health checks/vaccines every 2-3 weeks: Tuesdays-Saturdays 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Available to take foster animals to adoption events in the community.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Foster Care volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Laundry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing our shelter animals with clean, sanitized towels and bedding.

    Duties

    • Wash all shelter laundry including towels, blankets, aprons, smocks, etc.
    • Put items in dryer; check dryer for lint and remove if necessary
    • Fold, organize and stack clean laundry
    • Sweep laundry room floor
    • Mop laundry room floor when necessary
    • Maintain general cleanliness and organization of laundry room

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 8 years of age or older. Any volunteers between the ages of 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
    • Be able to bend down
    • Be able to lift at least 10 pounds
    • Follow sanitation protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and animal feces
    • Be able to manage cat, rabbit, dog, hay and any other animal-related allergies
    • Be able to follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Laundry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day, Monday-Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Laundry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • Objective

    Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) volunteer teams of animals and their human companions convey the mission of humane education at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA by promoting empathy, providing compassion and care, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Please note that you must have your own companion animal in order to volunteer for this program.

    Job Description

    • Visit schools, assisted living facilities and hospitals, organizations serving at-risk and vulnerable children
    • Provide interaction with an animal that facilitates change in the person’s physical, emotional, social or cognitive status
    • Play the dual role of engaged visitor and responsible animal handler
    • Bathe dogs or groom (when applicable) animals prior to P-AT visit

    Qualifications – Human half of the team

    • Must have your own companion animal (dog, cat, etc.)
    • Must be age 18 or older
    • Must be comfortable with the population being served
    • Must have reliable transportation
    • Reliable and punctual
    • Patient and good humored
    • Attend formal interview with Behavior Department and Humane Education Supervisors
    • Complete volunteer application
    • Provide social security number for background check
    • Pass background check
    • If accepted, attend orientation
    • Bilingual a plus

    Qualifications – Animal half of the team

    • At least one year old
    • Pet-Assisted Therapy dogs must have their Canine Good Citizenship Certification
    • Current on all vaccines (Rabies, Bordetella, etc.)
    • Non-aggressive in all situations
    • Spayed or neutered

    Time Commitment

    P-AT teams must commit to at least 4 service hours per month, commit to participating the program for a minimum of one year, and must be available Mondays-Fridays (No weekend volunteer opportunities available).

    Next Step

    If you are interested in becoming a Pet-Assisted Therapy Volunteer, please contact Kim Tripp at 626.792.7151 ext. 114 or ktripp@pasadenahumane.org for more information.

September Opportunities

If you’re interested in one of our volunteer opportunities starting in September, please fill out the attached questionnaires no later than Sunday, August 20.

Other Opportunities

  • Foster Care
  • Click here if you would prefer to read this description as a slideshow

    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing foster dogs, cats and critters with safe and caring living conditions, transportation to shelter and adoption events, and training and socialization, to aid them on their path to adoption.

    Kitten Season Lifesavers

    Provide kittens (and puppies) with safe and caring living conditions, daily health checks and valuable socialization at this critical stage of development.

    Moms and Babies

    Provide a nursing mother with a quiet and safe place in your home to care for her kittens or puppies until they are weaned and ready for adoption.

    Adoptions Ambassador

    Welcome adult animal(s) into your home and make them visible in your community by going on walks, visiting the parks and attending PHS events to help get them adopted.

    Transport Foster

    Provide short-term foster care for shelter animals scheduled to travel to placement partners (approx. 2 weeks).

    TLC Foster Homes

    Some foster animals require special needs like additional socialization or extra care during or after medical treatments. TLC fosters offer the additional support these animals need.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 18 years of age or older. Families are welcome to foster as long as one member of the household is 18 years of age or older and also completes orientation and training
    • Follow disinfection, sanitation and behavior protocols outlined by Foster Program
    • All members of household should be OK with fostering an animal in the home
    • Have a designated quarantine space (for kittens and puppies)
    • Have a secure space in your home for your foster animal
    • Have access to email and internet
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Be able to bend and lift at least 15 pounds
    • Complete volunteer orientation and foster care training

    Duties

    • Daily health checks and observations
    • Daily cleaning and feeding duties including litter box, housebreaking, walking, bowls and bedding; must follow sanitation protocols between foster groups
    • Report issues and concerns to the Foster Coordinator or Behavior Department as instructed
    • Socialize with foster pets at least 2-3 hours/day according to foster materials
    • Transport fosters to and from shelter or to adoption events
    • Advocate for your foster’s adoption via social media and by taking them to public places as often as possible

    Time Commitment

    Foster caregivers must be able to meet the following schedule guidelines:

    • Commit to fostering for at least one 3-week period.
    • Able to devote at least 2-3 hours per day to overall care and socialization.
    • Available to transport foster animals to the shelter for health checks/vaccines every 2-3 weeks: Tuesdays-Saturdays 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Available to take foster animals to adoption events in the community.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Foster Care volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Laundry
  • Click here if you would prefer to read this description as a slideshow

    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing our shelter animals with clean, sanitized towels and bedding.

    Duties

    • Wash all shelter laundry including towels, blankets, aprons, smocks, etc.
    • Put items in dryer; check dryer for lint and remove if necessary
    • Fold, organize and stack clean laundry
    • Sweep laundry room floor
    • Mop laundry room floor when necessary
    • Maintain general cleanliness and organization of laundry room

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 8 years of age or older. Any volunteers between the ages of 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
    • Be able to bend down
    • Be able to lift at least 10 pounds
    • Follow sanitation protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and animal feces
    • Be able to manage cat, rabbit, dog, hay and any other animal-related allergies
    • Be able to follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Laundry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day, Monday-Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Laundry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • Objective

    Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) volunteer teams of animals and their human companions convey the mission of humane education at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA by promoting empathy, providing compassion and care, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Please note that you must have your own companion animal in order to volunteer for this program.

    Job Description

    • Visit schools, assisted living facilities and hospitals, organizations serving at-risk and vulnerable children
    • Provide interaction with an animal that facilitates change in the person’s physical, emotional, social or cognitive status
    • Play the dual role of engaged visitor and responsible animal handler
    • Bathe dogs or groom (when applicable) animals prior to P-AT visit

    Qualifications – Human half of the team

    • Must have your own companion animal (dog, cat, etc.)
    • Must be age 18 or older
    • Must be comfortable with the population being served
    • Must have reliable transportation
    • Reliable and punctual
    • Patient and good humored
    • Attend formal interview with Behavior Department and Humane Education Supervisors
    • Complete volunteer application
    • Provide social security number for background check
    • Pass background check
    • If accepted, attend orientation
    • Bilingual a plus

    Qualifications – Animal half of the team

    • At least one year old
    • Pet-Assisted Therapy dogs must have their Canine Good Citizenship Certification
    • Current on all vaccines (Rabies, Bordetella, etc.)
    • Non-aggressive in all situations
    • Spayed or neutered

    Time Commitment

    P-AT teams must commit to at least 4 service hours per month, commit to participating the program for a minimum of one year, and must be available Mondays-Fridays (No weekend volunteer opportunities available).

    Next Step

    If you are interested in becoming a Pet-Assisted Therapy Volunteer, please contact Kim Tripp at 626.792.7151 ext. 114 or ktripp@pasadenahumane.org for more information.