Priority SPCA Volunteer Opportunities

Foster Friend Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers to take care of and socialize shelter animals that are either too young for adoption, too young to thrive on their own, are victims of disaster and/or recovering from illness or injury.
Time commitment: average time commitment is 4-8 weeks (in your home with a separate room)
Location: your own home
Learn more and sign up here

Benefit Shop Volunteers Needed
Do you enjoy working in a retail environment and providing exceptional customer service?  We need volunteers to assist with running the cash register, sorting, pricing and stocking items.
Time commitment: minimum 3 months and one 3hr shift per week (Open Mon.-Sun.)
Location: 26364 Carmel Rancho Lane near the Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel
Apply Now

Photo Crew Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers who want to help our photographer with getting the best photo to showcase our animals on our website and their bio cards.  Volunteers should be comfortable handle animals of all shapes and sizes, be able to lift animals onto a photo table (size appropriate), and prep animals for their photo shoot.
Time commitment: minimum 3 months and one 3hr shift every Monday between 9am-4pm
Location:  SPCA Adoption Center, 1002 Monterey Salinas Highway (off highway 68)
Apply Now

Other Important SPCA Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative support
Animal Care
Benefit Shop
Community Outreach
Foster Friends
Greeter (Clinic and Adoption Center)
Hug a Pet
Pet Meals on Wheels
Special Events
Veterinary Clinic
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

Administrative Support

Assist staff with bulk mailings, typing, filing, and other office tasks. Apply Now

Animal Care Volunteer (Dogs, cats and small pets)

Focus on socializing and exercising our adoptable dogs (small and large), cats, and small pets (bunnies). Assist with cleaning adoption rooms, laundry, enrichment activities and helping customers with their inquiries. Apply now

Barn Volunteer (All barn animals including horses, rabbits, chickens, roosters, etc.)

Help barn staff with cleaning barn/stalls/cages, haltering, basic horse handling, grooming, feeding, hoof picking and enrichment activities for all barn animals. Apply now

Benefit Shop

Assist with sales, pricing, sorting and occasional pick-up of donated merchandise.  Proceeds from the shop provide a significant funding source for SPCA operations and programs.  This is a wonderful alternative for people who would like to help, but who are unable to work directly with the animals. Apply now

Community Outreach

Volunteers work with our Outreach Coordinator to host adoption events and other awareness/education occasions to maintain a strong presence in our community.  Animal handling training and mentoring is required. Apply now

Foster Friends

Volunteer efforts in support of The SPCA’s Foster Friends Program help to prepare underage or injured pets for their permanent and loving homes. Foster Friends volunteers provide an invaluable service for the animals in their care.  The Foster Friends volunteer experience is rewarding for both animal and foster parent alike. Upon successful completion of the foster process, all fostered animals are placed through The SPCA’s regular adoption process. This requirement ensures that animals are placed appropriately as well as spayed or neutered, licensed, vaccinated, microchipped, etc. Learn more and sign up here

Greeter Volunteers

Help greet customers and support our Customer Service staff.  We are looking for outgoing and personable volunteers. Tasks include light clerical duties, assisting with customer inquiries, answering the phone, and assisting with adoption follow up calls. Apply now

Hug A Pet

The Hug-A-Pet program strives to bring companionship, activity, stimulation and cheer to those in our community residing in convalescent or hospice facilities. The psychological, physiological and social benefits of the bonds between humans and companion animals are well documented. Hug-A-Pet extends many of these benefits to those who may now be in a situation where they are experiencing isolation from family, friends, or even their own companion animal. Trained volunteers and their certified (SPCA Canine Good Citizen Program) companion dogs regularly visit facilities to provide conversation, companionship, affection and fun. Apply now

Pet Meals Monterey

The SPCA partnered with Meals on Wheels to provide homebound individuals with companion animals meals for their pets. Volunteers assist in packaging the pet meals and delivering them to Meals on Wheels for delivery to clients. Apply now

Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers are crucial to staffing special events (Wag N’ Walk, Wild Celebration, and Pet Telethon) which help to raise funds and promote public awareness.  Volunteers help with set-up/tear down, meet and educate the public, and distribute literature.  Apply now

Veterinary Clinic

Volunteers assist clinic staff with the assembly of spay/neuter surgical packs and sterilizing of surgical instruments.  Help with animal laundry, cleaning cages and kennels. Apply now

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitaion

Volunteers help staff rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife.  Tasks include preparing meals, laundry, cleaning cages, general facility maintenance, feeding wildlife, assisting with their care and record-keeping.  During “baby bird season”, (March-September), large numbers of volunteers are needed to assist with the feeding and care of baby birds and other wildlife. Apply now


Our Mission

Our mission is to assure compassionate and humane treatment of all animals in our community.

Learn More About Your Local, Independent SPCA

Did you know that the SPCA for Monterey County is not a chapter and does not have a parent organization? Did you know our doors are open to all animals in need? Learn more about us now!