You can help the homeless animals in your community by volunteering as a Pet Pal at the San José Animal Care Center. Our goal is to place our adoptable animals into responsible homes and to ensure that all our shelter animals are cared for and comforted as much as possible during their stay with us.
Please note - we do not provide signatures for verification of volunteer hours for class assignments or court-mandated requirements, even if you plan to do more hours than your requirement.
Step 1: Understand the Requirements
Click here to download our Pet Pal Volunteer Handbook. You will be expected to know and follow rules and procedures that are covered in the handbook and may be tested on it during training.
Adult Day Care / Special Needs Groups / Developmental Services Programs: Available for non-animal roles only. Supervisors are required to attend the entire training session with your client and stay with their clients each time they volunteer for the entire time they are volunteering. If you have specific questions on this, please call (408) 794-7213.