Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Dog Habitat Socializer & Walker

Dog Habitat Socializer & Walker

If you’re looking to enhance the visitor experience and work directly with our dogs, this is the volunteer position for you! There are two levels within this position which require training that must be taken in succession. You may choose to stop at level 1 or you may advance to levels 2 as you gain additional dog handling and dog training skills.

TRAINING & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Dog Level 1 – Habitat Heroes (Dogs)
    Following orientation, you will attend a 2.5-hour classroom presentation about becoming a dog volunteer. This class will be followed by a tour and a written quiz. You will learn how to train our dogs in their habitats and how to enhance the visitor experience.
  • Dog Level 2 – Out & About
    You will attend a 2-hour classroom presentation, followed by a quiz. Once you have passed, you will then sign-up for a hands-on training session with an experienced volunteer where you will learn more advanced dog training skills. You must pass a hands-on skills test to become an official Out & About volunteer.

***We’re always looking for wonderful volunteers who are willing to help us clean!*** Cleanings take place every morning. If you’re interested, please contact volunteer@placerspca.org.

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 & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Cat Level 1 – Habitat Heroes (Cats)
    Following orientation, you will attend a 2-hour classroom presentation about becoming a cat volunteer. This class will be followed by a tour and a written quiz. Once you have passed, you will then sign up with an experienced volunteer to learn how to properly enter the cat’s habitat, where all necessary supplies are located, and more.

***We’re always looking for wonderful volunteers who are willing to help us clean!*** Cleanings take place every morning. If you’re interested, please contact volunteer@placerspca.org.

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 & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Level 1 – Rabbitat Heroes
    Following orientation, you will attend a 1.5-hour classroom presentation about becoming a critter volunteer, followed by a written quiz and hands-on training.

***We’re always looking for wonderful volunteers who are willing to help us clean!*** Cleanings take place every morning. If you’re interested, please contact volunteer@placerspca.org.

Get Acquainted Team Member

Get Acquainted Team Member (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. Get Acquainted Team Members are expected to work with potential adopters to help them find the right match. Get Acquainted Team Members can work in the shelter or at mobile adoption sites in the community. Shifts are usually 2-4 hours in length.

TRAINING & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Complete all required animal classes for the animals you wish to counsel:
    • Dogs: Habitat Heroes (Dogs) and Out & About
    • Cats: Habitat Heroes (Cats)
    • Critters: Rabitat Heroes
  • Adoption Counselor Training

***Following all required trainings, potential Get Acquainted Team Members must be approved by the Director of Programs & Volunteers.***

Pet Mobile

Pet Mobile

The Placer SPCA Pet Mobile is a state-of-the-art, 20-foot custom trailer that travels to areas throughout the County to showcase some of the wonderful animals we have available for adoption.

TRAINING & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Complete all required animal classes for the animals you wish to handle:
    • Dogs: Habitat Heroes (Dogs) and Out & About
    • Cats: Habitat Heroes (Cats)
    • Critters: Rabitat Heroes
  • Adoption Counselor Training
  • Pet Mobile Driving Training with experienced Pet Mobile Driver volunteer*

*Only if interested in becoming a Pet Mobile Driver. 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.

Foster Volunteer

Foster Volunteer

Many of the animals that come into the Placer SPCA end up needing to spend time in a foster home. While a majority of the foster needs are for kittens, our dogs, cats and critters also benefit from foster care to recover from illness or surgery, get a break from the stressful shelter environment or work on behavior issues.

TRAINING & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Attend Foster Orientation
  • Following orientation, you will need to sign-up for foster-specific classes depending on the animals you wish to care for. For more information, please contact volunteer@placerspca.org.

Thrift Store Volunteer

Thrift Store Volunteer

We’re always happy to welcome fun, new people to join our team! We can use your skills to sort, price, display, cashier and work with customers. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and commit to one 4-hour shift per week (i.e. Every Monday from 10am-2pm).

TRAINING & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation
  • Attend Thrift Store Training
  • During this training, we will assess your interests and availability to place you in the appropriate role within the Thrift Store.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Other Volunteer Opportunities

There are many other ways to help that don’t require hands-on training with the animals.

  • Attend Volunteer Orientation

Following orientation, you can assist in a variety of ways around the organization such as:

  • Center Greeters
  • Special Events*
  • Administrative/Mailing*

*These are on an as-needed basis and may not fulfill your 4-hour commitment. For more information, please contact volunteer@placerspca.org.