Animal Shelter
Animal Shelter

Volunteering at the Animal Shelter

The time and talent of many animal-loving volunteers is essential to providing quality care for shelter animals and finding them new homes.  Whether working with the animals, the public, or behind the scenes, volunteers improve the quality of life for the animals in Berkeley shelter and improve their chances of adoption.


New volunteers attend 3-5 hours of training spread over a few weeks, with new classes starting twice each month.  Once training is completed, you may volunteer your time during any of our business hours, seven days a week.  There are no set schedules or shifts and you do not have to come the same time each week. We ask new volunteers to commit to a minimum of 1 hour per week for 6 months once training is completed.

 We welcome student volunteers between the ages of 10 and 14 years in the company of a parent or other responsible adult.  With a parent’s permission, high school students aged 15 to 17 years may volunteer independently.  

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Dog Friend - Our dogs are always grateful for a walk or game of ball.  As a Dog Volunteer, you will provide exercise, practice walking on-leash, and off-leash play-time to our available dogs and puppies.  You will learn how to socialize the dogs and promote good behavior, making them more adoptable.

Cat Friend - Petting and playing with our cats greatly relieves the stress and confusion of shelter life.  A scared or shy cat will often blossom with a little attention.  As a Cat Volunteer, you will have the opportunity to offer your care and affection to our adoptable cats and kittens. 

 The next volunteer orientations are:   

Wednesday April 15th    5:30pm to 7:30pm

Saturday April 18th    10:30am to 12:30pm

In order to register for one of these orientations, you will need to complete and return a registration form. You can get one by emailing , calling 510-981-6603, or coming to 1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley CA. 

 Children must be at least 10 years old and be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Teens 15 and older can volunteer without adult accompaniment.



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