Animal Care Center volunteers support Center staff in implementing the mission, vision and programs of the Animal Care Center. Volunteers assist staff with a variety of tasks, including socializing adoptable animals, cleaning, assisting the public and upholding the Center’s basic care standards. Areas of volunteer service include dogs, cats and rabbits.
The Center’s volunteer program does not require volunteers to schedule their shifts before they volunteer. We try to make it as convenient for you to volunteer as possible!
Qualifications to Become a Volunteer
18 years and older
Minimum Time Commitment
The minimum commitment for our volunteers is eight hours per month for the first six months. After the first six months, we require all volunteers to maintain a minimum of five hours per month. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum one year of service.
Our volunteers work with staff, other volunteers, customers and animals. Volunteers need to be comfortable working with the public and be able to work with others.
**Please note, the shelter does not sign off on court-mandated community service hours.**
Process of Becoming a Volunteer
1. Sign up for a one-hour information session through Irvine QuickReg.
(This link will take you to the Community Services Registration website. On the left, please select "Pets" under the column titled "Category".)
2. Attend the Volunteer Orientation that you are signed up for, and if interested, submit an application.
(An email address is required.)
3. Upon selection, sign up for a two-hour training session.*
(There is a $25 materials fee for Irvine residents and a $30 fee for non-Irvine residents.)
4. After training, you may come in and volunteer at your leisure, just make sure that you meet the monthly minimum time commitment.
* Application review and training may take up to two months.