Volunteers Help Save Lives!
Join a wonderful group of people and make new friends -- both two-legged and four-legged! Giving the gift of your time is both rewarding and fulfilling - but it is a lot of work!
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How Can You Help?
The Front Street Animal Shelter is always looking for volunteers who want to help our animals find their new forever homes. We couldn't do it without our committed volunteers! You can be involved in a variety of different ways: helping with morning cleaning, the pet food pantry, training the dogs, socializing the cats, fostering animals, special projects, fundraisers and events, and much more!
We have two basic types of volunteers - In-shelter volunteers, and Foster-care volunteers.
- In-Shelter volunteers work at the shelter in a variety of activities - follow the directions below to join our team!
- Foster-care volunteers care for cats or dogs in their own home - please click here if you are only interested in fostering
- Many volunteers want to do both - in-shelter activities, and fostering! If you want to do both, please sign up below as an in-shelter volunteer first and then we will connect you to our foster team.
Who Can Help?
The Front Street Animal Shelter welcomes volunteers of all ages!
- Teen Volunteers: If you are age 16 or older, you can volunteer without adult supervision. (Click here for more information)
- Teen Volunteers: If you are age 12 to 15, you can volunteer with your parent/guardian's supervision. (Click here for more information)
- High School Seniors: If you need to complete a senior project, click here for more information
- Children: If you are under the age of 12, you won't be able to volunteer at our shelter site, but can still help shelter animals by working on community projects like a donation drive, newspaper projects, cat mobiles, or pet treat bags. Please click here for more information on these projects.
- Independent Volunteers: If you are age 18 and older and do not need any special assistance in your daily activities, you are an independent volunteer! Sign up below
- If you have special physical needs, please click here for more information
- If you only want to foster, please click here. (Note: foster volunteers must be age 18 or older!)
- If you are a group leader and want to schedule a group project, please click here for more information
- If you need to complete court-mandated community service hours, please click here
How Do You Get Started?
First: Decide if the Front Street Animal Shelter Volunteer Program is right for you. Please join us if you can:
- Commit to a minimum of 3 months and at least a total of 20 hours of volunteer service (Even if your community service project requires less hours, you will be expected to complete 20 hours before we will sign your service project paper and verify your hours!)
- Commit to working 20 hours of basic shelter volunteering helping with shelter chores before you begin training to work with our animals.
- Commit to continue to work a minimum of one shift per month of basic shelter chores.
- Commit to providing excellent customer service to our visitors, staff, and fellow volunteers.
- Commit to treating all animals with respect.
- Commit to being Front Street Shelter advocates in the Sacramento and surrounding communities.
- Commit to using the online volunteer system and following shelter protocol in all areas.
- Understand that the shelter environment is challenging, rewarding, chaotic, wonderful, crazy, heart-breaking, fulfilling, and lots of hard work!
Second: Sign up!
What Training Do you need?
All in-shelter volunteers need to attend both the New Volunteer Orientation and Shelter Basics 101 classes.
- Sign up online using the Become a Volunteer button below (we do not offer paper applications, you must sign up online!)
- Sign up through your new volunteer profile to attend an orientation class - we currently offer orientations on the first Thursday and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-8 pm - you must sign up for the date of your choice in order to attend, no walk-ins allowed - please be aware that the orientation schedule may vary due to the holidays.
- After attending an orientation class, you will sign up for and attend a Shelter Basics 101 class - we currently offer Shelter Basics 101 classes on Saturday mornings from 8:30-11:30 am.
- Please note: Due to the number of volunteers waiting to join our program, we are unable to offer alternate times for these classes. In order to volunteer at the Front Street Animal Shelter, you must be able to attend both an orientation and Shelter Basics 101 class during one of the given time frames.
- Parents of teens age 12-15 must accompany their teen to both the orientation and Shelter Basics classes! If you plan on being your teen's adult partner, you must also sign up as a volunteer.
Please click the button below to get started! Once you have completed your online volunteer application and created your personal Front Street Shelter volunteer profile, you will be invited to sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation. Become a VOLUNTEER!
NOTE: Usually about half the people who register for the New Volunteer Orientation class don't attend. Please don't register unless you're sure you can make it to the class. If you register and later find you can't attend, please cancel your registration. This allows other people to register. The shelter animals appreciate it!
Questions and Comments?
Please contact the volunteer coordinator Janice Wagaman.