Happy Tails appreciates new volunteers who want to help those who can’t help themselves. If you are someone who wants to do their part to help animals, then give us a try!

Our most frequent areas of need are in the cleaning and adoption assistance teams, fostering and voicemail. We are practicing social distancing and masks are required in order to keep everyone safe.

Please email htvolunteers.sac@gmail.com for more information about our current volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Teams

Adoption Center Clean-Up Crew (weekly or biweekly): Ensure the cats stay healthy and happy and customers want to visit longer. This is a critical role. Keep our facility clean and sanitize cat enclosures and cages, dishes, cat beds, towels, replenish food and water, etc. Ability to stand, bend, stoop, squat and lift up to 20 lbs.

Adoption Assistant (3-hour shift, weekly or biweekly): Volunteers are taught the ins and outs of screening potential adopters to help them through the pet adoption process. Customer service and caring for the adoptable animals is also performed in this fulfilling role.

Foster Caregiver (Cats): You provide the TLC, we provide the animal, food and supplies. You transport animal to and from our vet for care, we cover the cost (must be pre-approved). You transport to adoption sites, we help find them homes. Note: Only volunteers age 21 or over are eligible to participate in this program.

Foster Caregiver (Dogs): Happy Tails is looking for new fosters to join our dog foster team! Contact our dog foster coordinator at dogs@happytails.org if you're interested in learning more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity! Note: Only volunteers age 21 or over are eligible to participate in this program.

Follow-Up Adoption Calls (from home): Call individuals who adopted an animal from us. Provide information, answer questions and verify the well-being of the adopted animal. You'll be provided with a list of questions to ask and can do this from the comfort of your home.

Junior Volunteers (ages 12-17): Junior Volunteers help with a number of duties including clean-up, basic grooming, animal socialization and assisting adult volunteers. Please contact happytailsjuniors@gmail.com for more information.

Voice Mail Responders (from home): A rewarding way to serve the community from home. Assist the public with a variety of questions about HT. Shifts: Return approximately 2-8 calls per shift; shifts are 7pm to 1pm or 1pm to 7pm. A manual is used for training. Requires good phone/verbal skills, working computer/internet, Word access and email.