The Animal Care Center is proud to have the support of more than 400 dedicated volunteers. Center volunteers support staff in implementing the mission, vision and programs of the Animal Care Center. Volunteers assist staff with a variety of tasks, including cleaning kennels, doing laundry, feeding, assisting the public and socializing adoptable animals. Areas of volunteer service include dogs, cats and rabbits, farm, front office and education.
Below are a few of the minimum qualifications to become a volunteer:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Serve a minimum of eight hours per month
- Commit to at least one year of service
- Have a valid email account that is checked regularly
- Not be volunteering for a court-mandated reason
- Be comfortable interacting with staff, volunteers, customers and animals
If you do not meet the minimum qualifications, you may be eligible to become an event volunteer or foster parent.
- Attend a one-hour information session (details on how to register are below)
- Submit a volunteer application
- Upon selection into the program, attend a two-hour training course. (There is a $25 materials fee for Irvine residents and a $30 fee for non-Irvine residents.)
- After training, you may come in and volunteer at your leisure. We try to make it as convenient for you to volunteer as possible so you do not need to pre-schedule your service. Just make sure that you meet the Center's monthly time commitment.
** Application review and training may take up to two months.**
The first step to becoming a volunteer is to attend a free, one-hour information session that covers the history of the Center, its programs, services, roles and responsibilities of volunteers and the application and training process.