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!
Ready to help? Here’s how.
Encourage teamwork and engagement in Oakland by volunteering as a group! Although we cannot guarantee a group project which matches your availability, we do have a variety of meaningful, hands-on group opportunities to support our mission throughout the year.
Most OAS group projects:
- Can accommodate 10-15 volunteers (age 18 years or older)
- Are scheduled on weekdays from 10am – Noon or 1pm-3pm
- Include a tour of our shelter
- End with an opportunity to meet some of the animals in our care
Examples of previous group projects:
- Painting our fencing
- Assembling Kuranda beds
- Landscaping adoption yards
- Stuffing Kongs for the dogs in our care
- Corporate towel/blanket donation drives
- Graphic design
Is your group interested in a project at OAS? Start the process today by submitting an inquiry!
Our volunteers truly make a difference. Watch volunteer groomer Cindy create one of her “Trans-fur-mations”: