Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter! Dedicated and caring volunteers are the key to any well-run, successful animal rescue organization, public or private. Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter is working hard to build a top-notch, highly skilled and highly motivated volunteer team. We need volunteers to help both in and out of the shelter. If you want to help, chances are we have a volunteer opportunity that is perfect for you!
The Palm Springs Animal Shelter cares for hundreds of homeless animals daily, and provides services to pet guardians in Palm Springs and other Coachella Valley cities. Volunteers help serve our animals and guests to ensure their experience at the shelter is phenomenal. We are grateful for the enthusiasm, dedication, and love they share with us every day.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
1. Adoption and Guest Services
2. Community Outreach and Education
3. Animal care and socialization for Cats, Dogs and Small Animals
4. Veterinary Medical Services
5. Social Media, Photography, Videography
6. Mobile Adoptions and Events
7. Fostering and more!
Requirements to Volunteer with Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
1 . Fill out an application. Click below or come into the shelter to fill one out, and return to our Volunteer Manager. Click Here
2. Volunteers ages 14 to 17 can apply but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who is also an approved volunteer, at all times while volunteering.
3. Monthly or weekly hour minimums vary by program, but please plan to spend at least six hours a month volunteering.
How to Become a Volunteer: Complete our online application, schedule an interview and attend a Volunteer Orientation. At the orientation you will learn more about the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and all the volunteer opportunities available. Following orientation, the Volunteer department will review your paperwork and place you in a specific volunteer program if there is an appropriate assignment that matches your skills, interests, and availability. Once you have received your assignment, we will schedule any additional necessary hands-on training. This will include a training class and/or shadowing with a staff member.
Volunteer orientations are generally held twice per month. Please call, email or apply to learn more about upcoming orientation dates and to schedule an interview. Orientations are held in the Hugh Donaldson Community Room at the shelter.
Contact our Volunteer Services Manager, Sandy Ozuna
or call the shelter at 760.416.5718 x6615.
Current volunteers sign in here to record your hours: