Volunteering and Foster Care


Do you love walking dogs? Playing with cats? Snuggling bunnies? If so, we want you as a volunteer! Our brand new animal shelter is officially open to the public, and we’re looking to create a dedicated team of volunteers to support all aspects of the shelter operations. We need volunteers who want to help us with our chores and paperwork just as much as we need volunteers to help walk dogs and play with cats. Some of the opportunities that volunteers will be able to take part in right away are: 

Dog Team Volunteers: Help with our adoptable dogs
Cat Team Volunteers: Help with our adoptable cats 
Critter Crew Volunteers: Help with all of our other adoptable species 
Shelter Helper: Help with general shelter chores 
Administrative Assistant: Help support our Customer Service staff 
Offsite Event Volunteer: Help at various adoption events in the community 
Foster Care Volunteer: Our shelter will have a robust and active foster program! 

Opportunities will be plentiful, ranging from day trips to long term care. So who can volunteer? Anyone that is at least 14 years old will have the opportunity to volunteer onsite at the shelter. Teens ages 14-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian at all times and teens 16-17 may volunteer independently with written parental consent. Anyone at least 18 years old is free to volunteer independently without parental consent. 

Volunteers will be required to commit 5 hours per month for at least 6 months, including mandatory trainings.
If you’d like to attend an orientation, fill out our volunteer application here: 

Volunteer Application

Please note that there is usually at least a 1 month delay to attend orientation since we are working through a waitlist of excited community members.

Foster Care

Elk Grove Animal Services needs you! Do you have an instinctual desire to help and save animals? Do you have a home your willing to share with an animal in need? Are you not quite ready for a full-time pet but want to help? If so, Elk Grove Animal Services wants your help. Fostering opportunities are available through Elk Grove Animal Services and can be a very rewarding experience for the entire family! Signing up is easy! Please click the link below and fill out the foster care application. Once you have filled out the application you will be contacted by a staff member who will schedule you for an orientation. Orientations will be held twice monthly and last approximately 30 minutes.

Fill out the application

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