Volunteers give the greatest gift of all.
There are so many great reasons to volunteer. Meet new people, experience the satisfaction of community service, develop new skills, and acquire work experience for future endeavors.
Our volunteers improve the welfare of our shelter animals by walking the dogs, brushing and petting the cats, by giving a dirty doggy a bath, making a kitty a new bed to sleep in, reading to a dog, plus much more.
Steps to becoming a volunteer include:
Fill out the volunteer application for the shelter nearest you. We will contact you via email to set up a mandatory orientation appointment. At the orientation you will be taught the rules, policies, and standard operating procedures to become a volunteer. A livescan (background check) will be done at the orientation, please bring your driver’s license with you. You will also be taught our adoption process and behaviour training for dogs. Once you have passed the livescan you will be notified via email to attend our Welcome Training where you will have hands on animal handling training. Note: please adhere to the dress code.
Also, as a volunteer we ask that you do not opt out of Newsletters, Events, or Recruitment Appeals when filling out your volunteer application. If you do so you will not receive any notifications from our department including upcoming orientation and/or training dates.
1. Fill out the online application by clicking the appropriate link listed below: Please submit by shelter location.
- Riverside Shelter Online Application
6851 Van Buren Blvd
Riverside, California 92509
- Coachella Valley Campus Online Application
72-050 Petland Place
Thousand Palms, CA 92276
- Blythe Animal Shelter Online Application
245 S. Carlton Ave.
Blythe, CA 9222
- San Jacinto Online Application
581 S. Grand Ave
San Jacinto, CA 92582
If you would prefer not to use the online form, submit the Application to Become a Volunteer to the shelter in your area by mail or in person.
2. We will schedule you for the next orientation and basic training.
3. Get ready to have fun and enjoy helping the homeless animals.