Happy Tails is always looking for 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. In addition, it’s a great way to make new friends and have fun!

Due to Covid-19 and the Sacramento County health order, we have temporarily suspended new volunteer orientations.  We are looking for volunteers in our most critical areas such as our cleaning team, and supply unloaders.  Happy Tails is practicing social distancing and masks are required in order to keep everyone safe.
Please email htvolunteers.sac@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Foster a pet. Feed feral cats. Answer our voicemails. Many opportunities exist to help animals in need. New volunteers are trained and mentored as they learn the job.

Here are just a few of our many adult volunteer opportunities:

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. Be amongst great cats and volunteers who are thankful for your help!

Adoptions 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 very fulfilling role!

Organizing Files, General Office Work Duties (1+ hours a week depending on your schedule): We need a few volunteers to help organize and file paperwork at our Adoption Center for 1+hours between 9am and 4pm Monday thru Friday. 

Feral Colony Feeder (less than 1 hour a week): Happy Tails maintains several safe, healthy, sterile feral colonies. Volunteers are needed to care for the cats and maintain the feral colonies. You'll be trained to feed and water at one location one day per week or more if you're available.

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 animal to adoption sites, we help find them homes. It’s very rewarding when you see the animals you helped get a great forever home! Note: Only those 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 all-volunteer 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 those volunteers age 21 or over are eligible to participate in this program. 

Fundraising & Special Events: Assist, plan, or coordinate one of the many special events and fundraisers that raise much needed funds for our animals. This is a fun way to help while socializing with volunteers and customers.

Follow-Up Adoption Calls (once a month): 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 (age 12-17): Junior Volunteers help with a number of important duties including clean-up, basic grooming, animal socialization and assisting adult volunteers. If interested, please contact the Junior Program Coordinator at happytailsjuniors@gmail.com for more information.

Meds. Asst.: Med team volunteers are responsible for administering medications to cats as directed. 1-2 hours (occasionally more) weekly or every other week on a regular schedule. There are AM (flexible between 6-9am) and PM hours (flexible between 6-9 pm). This is not a training position. Basic medical training/experience is required, including administering topical, oral, and injectable medications. Should be able to correctly assess feline behavior to gauge safety, and to be mostly self-sufficient once trained, communicate with the medical staff as needed, and reliable.

Transporter: Transport cats (sometimes dogs) from Adoption Center to and from vet appointments. Collect and report back notes from vet.

Voicemail: Answers calls from the public that cover a whole gamut of questions from wanting to adopt a Happy Tails animal to looking for a rescue to take an animal to questions about needing help with feral colonies in their backyards or elsewhere to help with an animal who is sick or injured. And these are just a few of the kinds of calls we receive.

For further information and additional volunteering opportunities, check out our Getting Started orientation dates. In addition, some opportunities are posted online at Volunteer Match.