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 opening in a few months, and we’ll be looking to create a dedicated team of volunteers to support all aspects of the shelter operations. We’ll need volunteers who want to help us with our chores and paperwork just as much as we’ll 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
  • Cat Team Volunteers
  • Critter Crew Volunteers: Help with all of our other adoptable species
  • Shelter Helper: Help with general shelter chores
  • Administrative Assistant: 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. Since our animal shelter is not quite finished, we’re not ready to start bringing volunteers on board just yet, but if you’re interested in volunteering please join our interest list!

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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.

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