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AT THIS TIME, OUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IS ON HOLD DUE TO THE NEW STAY-AT-HOME ORDER.

You may still submit a volunteer form; however, please note that we will not have any volunteer orientations until further notice. Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Valley Animal Center!

VOLUNTEER AT VALLEY ANIMAL CENTER

WE NEED YOU!

Did you know that volunteers are crucial to pursuing our mission, which is to unite cats and dogs with loving people?

As a volunteer, you are essential to the successful operation of Valley Animal Center. The health and safety of our shelter animals are of paramount importance, and our volunteers provide assistance in keeping the shelters in pristine condition.

Volunteers also support other areas, such as the dog park and administration office, and help spread our story and services to the Central Valley community through outreach events, public speaking, humane education, and fundraising.

We welcome individuals, groups, and individuals under 18 years of age.

Please take a moment to watch the presentation and then review our volunteer positions available prior to completing the form located at the bottom of the page.

We sincerely thank you for considering to volunteer your time and look forward to welcoming you into our family!

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CAT ADOPTION CENTER

Many of our volunteers enjoy working at the Cat Adoption Center where we house shelter cats and kittens. The Cat Adoption Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and volunteer shifts may start as early as 8 a.m. and end as late as 7 p.m.

While socializing with cats and kittens in our care is highly important, other tasks must be completed throughout the day to ensure the health and safety of the animals.

The following list consists of some of the tasks you may be expected to do:

  • Clean the adoption and intake areas
  • Clean crates
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • Fold laundry
  • Brush cats
  • Read to cats
  • Assemble information packets
  • Socialize with cats

DOG ADOPTION CENTER

Many of our volunteers enjoy working at the Dog Adoption Center where we house shelter dogs and puppies. The Dog Adoption Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and volunteer shifts may start as early as 8 a.m. and end as late as 7 p.m.

While socializing with dogs and puppies in our care is highly important, other tasks must be completed throughout the day to ensure the health and safety of the animals.

The following list consists of some of the tasks you may be expected to do:

  • Clean the adoption and intake areas
  • Clean crates
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • Fold laundry
  • Assemble information packets
  • Walk dogs (must attend instructional sessions)
  • Bath dogs (must attend instructional sessions)
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DR. JAMES W. THORNTON DOG PARK

The Dr. James W. Thornton Dog Park is our membership-based park and is a wonderful resource for the Central Valley community. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and volunteer shifts may start as early as 10 a.m. and end as late as 7 p.m.

The opportunity to assist us in maintaining the Dog Park is new and we hope that you please consider volunteering your time in this area.

The following list consists of some of the general housekeeping duties you may be expected to do:

  • Clean toys
  • Empty trash cans
  • Disinfect garbage cans
  • Wipe down benches

LOW-COST CLINIC

Volunteering your time at our low-cost clinic is a new opportunity. While the clinic provides a variety of services to the Central Valley community, much-needed help is needed to maintain both the clinic and surgery annex.

The following list consists of some of the tasks you may be expected to do:

  • Clean front desk area
  • Sweep
  • Mop
  • Fold laundry
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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

At Valley Animal Center, we rely on volunteers to help us share our story and services to the Central Valley community. Community outreach volunteers are on an as-needed basis and those interested in volunteering their time are contacted as the need arises.

The following list consists of some of the tasks you may be expected to do:

  • Staff booths at community events
  • Ask for monetary and in-kind donations at community events
  • Share information about Valley Animal Center
  • Make presentations to various groups about Valley Animal Center
  • Place and collect donation boxes at local businesses

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE

Volunteering your time at our administration office is a new opportunity. Administration office volunteers provide valuable support to our administrative staff.

The following list consists of some of the tasks you may be expected to do:

  • Answer incoming calls
  • Monitor the front desk counter
  • Provide exceptional customer service
  • Assist with some computer work (Word, Excel, Data Entry)
  • Stuff envelopes and sort bulk mailings
  • Cut flyers and buck slips
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HUMANE EDUCATION

At Valley Animal Center, we have developed a new series of educational webinars. When safe to do so, we also provide humane education programs in-person at campuses throughout the Central Valley. Humane education volunteers are on an as-needed basis and those interested in volunteering their time are contacted as the need arises.

The following list consists of some of the tasks you may be expected to do:

  • Assist shelter staff with group tours
  • Assist our educators with humane education programs for schools throughout the Central Valley
  • Help education animal ambassadors produce lesson plans, arts and crafts, games, and other activities

DIGITAL MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS

Our mass media and communications department is growing and we're looking for individuals interested in gaining knowledge and experience in the field! Various forms of media creation are necessary in helping us spread the word about Valley Animal Center. We're looking for photographers, videographers and storytellers!

The following list consists of some of the tasks you may be expected to do:

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Produce website assets
  • Graphic design
  • Write social media posts and press releases
  • Assist in event planning
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Take the next step and let us know you're interested in volunteering at Valley Animal Center!

Once you submit our online volunteer form found below, a staff member or volunteer will respond to you as soon as possible with more information and our volunteer application.

If you're interested in volunteering at the cat and dog adoption centers, you must attend an orientation, which are held on the first and third Thursday of every month.

Please note that if you're under the age of 18, an adult or guardian must accompany you to an orientation and any volunteer shifts.

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Email us today for additional assistance!