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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.

  1. In-Shelter volunteers work at the shelter in a variety of activities - follow the directions below to join our team!

  2. Foster-care volunteers care for cats or dogs in their own home - please click here if you are only interested in fostering

  3. 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!

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! (Complete your volunteer profile)


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Questions and Comments?

Please contact the volunteer coordinator Janice Wagaman.

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