Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

The Placer SPCA has many opportunities for people to volunteer. Select from the list below to find out more:

Dog Socializer/Walker/Trainer

Dog Socializer/Walker/Trainer

There are varied job positions within these categories and the training must be taken in succession.  Volunteers may choose to stop at any level and be authorized to perform only the jobs for which they have received training.

Training Requirements:

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Dog Socialization & Handling
    • Level 1: Program Introduction & K-9 Body Postures Assist dogs with classical conditioning & lure/reward training
    • Level 2: Safe Handling & Kennel Conditioning Assists dogs with positive reinforcement, desensitization & counter-conditioning
    • Level 3: Walking & Training Assists dogs with operant conditioning and other training techniques
    • Level 4: Fun & Games Teach dogs fun tricks and agility training

Cat Socializer

Cat Socializer

Work with cats and kittens, keeping them well socialized and exercised. This decreases their stress, keeps them healthy and increases their adoptability.

Training Requirements:

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Cat Socialization & Safe Handling

Rabbit/Critter Socializer

Rabbit/Critter Socializer

Work with rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, mice, etc.  Handling these animals keeps them well socialized, gives them exercise, can lessen their stress and makes them more adoptable.

Training Requirements:

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Rabbit/Critter Socialization & Safe Handling

Adoption Counselor

Adoption Counselor (Volunteers ages 18+ only)

Provides guidance and counseling to the public during the process of animal selection ensuring the right people are adopting the right animal for their life situation.  Counselors are expected to work with potential adopters, help with expectations, and as the circumstances warrant, may need to refuse an adoption application.  Counselors can work in the shelter or at mobile adoption sites in the community.  Shifts are usually 2-4 hours in length.

Training Requirements: (may include some or all of the following based on preferences)

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Adoption Counselor Training
  • Cats: Cat Socialization & Safe Handling
  • Small Animals: Rabbit/Critter Socialization & Safe Handling
  • Dog Socialization & Handling
    • Level 1: Program Introduction & K-9 Body Postures
    • Level 2: Safe Handling & Kennel Conditioning
    • Level 3: Walking & Training

Pet Mobile Driver

Pet Mobile

Volunteer must be 21 years of age with a clean driving record, and be willing and able to drive a full-size truck with a 20-foot trailer.

Training Requirements:

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Adoption Counselor Training
  • Mobile Adoption Training
  • Cats: Cat Socialization & Safe Handling
  • Small Animals: Rabbit/Critter Socialization & Safe Handling
  • Dog Socialization & Handling
    • Level 1: Program Introduction & K-9 Body Postures
    • Level 2: Safe Handling & Kennel Conditioning
    • Level 3: Walking & Training
  • Mobile Driving Class*
  • One-on-one mentor training with an experienced Pet Mobile volunteer driver

*Only required if interesting in driving the Pet Mobile

Clinic Assistant

Clinic Assistant: (Volunteers ages 18+ only)

Volunteer provides assistance to the veterinarian and veterinary technician in the center’s clinic. This includes assisting with surgery preparation, anesthesia, monitoring patients, medical records, supplies inventory, preparing surgical instruments, cage cleaning, general housekeeping, and occasional transportation of animals and equipment. Volunteers interested in this job must be prepared for direct exposure to surgery as well as other medical procedures. Volunteers must also be prepared to sometimes witness medical situations with a less than favorable outcome. This job requires a minimum of one 4.5 hour shift per week, with two 4.5 hour shifts or one 8 hour shift preferred. Hours are 8:00am-5:00pm weekdays, with occasional Saturdays.

Training Requirements

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Cat Socialization & Safe Handling
  • Dog Socialization Level 1: Program Introduction & K-9 Body Postures
  • Commitment to attend Dog Socialization Levels 2 & 3 within 2 months of starting in clinic
  • Submittal of valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance
  • At least two 4.5-hour training shifts (one morning, one afternoon) with an experienced clinic volunteer

Animal Transport

Animal Transport

The purpose of this volunteer opportunity is to help the Placer SPCA transport our animals to outside veterinarian / grooming appointments.

Training Requirements

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Dog Socialization & Handling
    • Level 1: Program Introduction & K-9 Body Postures
    • Level 2: Safe Handling & Kennel Conditioning
    • Level 3: Walking & Training
    • Dog Bathing Training
  • Cat Socialization & Safe Handling
  • Rabbit/Critter Socialization & Safe Handling

 Requirements and duties of this volunteer job:

  • Drop off shelter animals at vet/grooming appointments and pick up from appointments (some waiting at the appointment from time to time);
  • Most facilities are within 5-10 miles of the Placer SPCA
  • Ability to drive personal or Placer SPCA vehicle (copy of drivers license and insurance card required)
  • On call to run animals to outside vet/grooming appointments during weekday operating hours (occasional weekend appointments)
  • Delivering vet/grooming instructions back to the shelter (verbal and written)
  • Able to be flexible with their schedule
  • Notifications of appointments will be received via email. We use the Google Calendar feature.
  • Most appointments are requested in advance, although occasional emergency requests may be made when needed

Foster Care Program