San José Animal Care Center
2750 Monterey Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111
*Due to COVID-19 the shelter is currently closed and we are suspending all volunteer activities and trainings until further notice.
Can I volunteer for more than one role? Unfortunately the answer is no. Please apply only to one role that you are most interested and experienced.
Working With Animals
- Previous animal experience required.
- You must already be confident, comfortable and capable of independently interacting with animals properly and safely.
- You must have a strong understanding of animal body language.
- You must be able to bend, crouch and kneel to ensure safe access to kennel entrances.
Applicants should expect 4-10 hours of training total. This involves instruction shelter procedures and how to work with our adoptable animals. Applicants must pass written and practical exams. Training for dog and cat volunteer roles are generally offered monthly. Training for the vet clinic assistant role is generally offered on-demand as needed.
|Category||Training Information & Role Description||Availability|
Pre-Test: There is no online pre-test requirement for the dog class, but you must apply before attending. Your handling skills will be assessed at the training class.
Role Description: Walk and exercise adoption dogs. Provide basic training to increase adoptability. More
Pre-Test: You must view online videos and take an online test before you can stay for the class. You must apply before attending. Your handling skills will be assessed at the training class.
Role Description: Socialize and exercise adoptable cats. Provide human interaction and affection. More
|Kittens||Over 5500 kittens are brought to our shelter every year. Many of them are just days old and too young to survive in a shelter environment. Our animal shelter's 2Tiny Kitten Village is a dedicated shelter space where community pet lovers like yourself can come and help us care for all these babies while they wait for rescue. Sign-up to help bottle-feed, transport, re-stock supplies or be a overnight foster home.||Open|
Pre-Test: There is no online pre-test requirement for the small animal class, but you must apply before attending. Your handling skills will be assessed at the training class.
Role Description: Exercise, handle and provide human interaction for rabbits, rats, mice, gerbils and guinea pigs. More
|Vet Clinic Assistant
||Animal experience required. Main tasks include assisting with anesthesia, prep, and recovery of surgery patients. Also includes instrument cleaning and preparation, cleaning and restocking, and computer data entry. Volunteers are required to attend their assigned their 4-hour weekday shift. After your application is submitted, you will be contacted when openings are available. * There is no volunteer supplies fee for this position.
|Animal Welfare Assistant
||Provides support to the shelter by caring for animals. Helps feed and care, and provide daily enrichment for impounded animals, cleans and disinfects shelter facilities, enclosures, equipment, and performs other related duties as required. Volunteers rotate working with dogs, cats and small animals. This opportunity offers some hands on experience for individuals interested exploring opportunities with animal shelters, veterinary clinics, daycare and boarding facilities. Volunteers who complete all rotations in a satisfactory manner will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Questions? Send us an email.