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Be involved in our mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate & Promote Responsible Pet Ownership!
It’s easy to sign up – use our online forms

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Junior Volunteer Program

Children ages 14 -15 may enter our Junior Volunteer Program. Without exception, no one under 14 is permitted to volunteer at POSC. Each Junior Volunteer must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian – the same parent or guardian who attended the orientation and training with the Junior Volunteer.

Those who are 16 or 17 are still considered Junior Volunteers, but they only need their parent’s permission to volunteer. Parents do not need to volunteer with their 16 and 17 year olds.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations

Volunteer Orientations last about an hour. You must pre-register to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Those who are not pre-registered or arrive late will be asked to attend the next available Volunteer Orientation. Email Volunteer Contact for more information.

Upcoming Volunteer Training

You must pre-register to attend a Volunteer Training class. Those who are not pre-registered or arrive late will be asked to attend the next available Volunteer Training session. Email Volunteer Contact for more information.

Pet Orphans of Southern California appreciates all who volunteer.
We wouldn't want to do it without you

Our Volunteer Opportunities

There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at Pet Orphans. Some of our most popular are described below.

Dog/Cat Socializers: Help keep Pet Orphans dogs and cats content by providing necessary attention, playtime and brushing.

Dog Buddies & Coaches & Junior Trainers: Provide exercise and attention to our dogs as well as assist with teaching dogs simple obedience and loose leash walking skills. Open to youth volunteers. Requires additional training.

Adoption Counselor: Assist prospective adopters with the selection of a pet best suited to their family and lifestyle. Requires additional training.

Mobile Events: Take our orphans to community events to increase their chances of adoption and also promoting awareness of our shelter.

Animal Help Assistant: Work with our Animal Help Coordinator to provide great customer service to potential adopters & donors, as well as providing resources for community members seeking help with keeping their animals in their homes.

Internships: We have a variety of internship opportunities available.

Do you have a special talent or skill that you would like to use to help homeless animals? Let us know! We welcome professional help!

Community Service Program for Students:

Community Service is held on Saturdays and Sundays and includes assisting employees, cleaning, and other daily duties at the shelter. This opportunity fulfills school and/or club community service requirements. (We cannot accommodate court ordered community service requests.) Qualifications:
  • Participants must be minimum of 14 years old.
  • Participants are expected to be on time and volunteer for the entire shift.
  • Participants should demonstrate eagerness to help with the shelter and duties, respectfulness to the staff, and the ability to follow instructions.
  • Parent or guardian must agree to a signed waiver for child to participate.
  • Participants need to be able to participate in all of the physical and learning activities involved in the shift.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate youth with severe allergies or special needs.
If you are interested in participating, you must begin your journey by applying with our Volunteer Application Form. You can find it at the top of this page. Due to the limited space, we cannot guarantee we have available openings that meet your time requirements. Socializing with the animals may or may not occur. If you have any questions please email: