Volunteer with dogs, cats or rabbits!


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1101 29th AveOakland, CA 94601


Volunteers are absolutely essential to Oakland Animal Services. Not only do OAS volunteers benefit from a fun and rewarding experience, they also significantly improve the lives of the animals at the shelter. Spending time with the animals, increasing adoptions by helping citizens find the right animal to join their family and making new friends along the way, volunteers remain the driving force behind OAS.

After completing our training, volunteers socialize and provide adoption counseling for the dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets and occasional reptiles in our care.

Volunteers also assist us in other areas including grooming, veterinary assistance, marketing, graphic design, offsite adoption events, hiking or running with our shelter dogs, fostering, transporting... in other words, let us know your skill set and we will match you with an opportunity!

To get started volunteering, click here: http://www.oaklandanimalservices.org/how-to-help/volunteer/how-to-volunteer/


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary
  • Photography
  • Video Production

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 2 hours/week for 6 months

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