Get Involved

Join our amazing team of volunteers and make lives better for animals and people who love them.

If you can see yourself keeping kennels tidy, helping in dog training classes, greeting the public, fostering animals, pitching in at events, then we (and the animals) would love to meet you! Become part of the family and feel good about giving animals the life they deserve.

Marin Humane + Hopalong = more lives made happy

In 2021, Hopalong Animal Rescue officially joined Marin Humane and tails have been wagging ever since! And thanks to our ever-expanding foster program and adoption events across the Bay Area, you can now volunteer at additional locations.

Get Started!

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves, and have read our Volunteer FAQs, join us for a volunteer orientation. You’ll get to know us better and learn about volunteer opportunities.

Please note: You must be 18 years or older to volunteer (under 18? Check out other opportunities). For most volunteer opportunities, we ask for a commitment of two to four hours a week for at least a year. There’s a $30 volunteer materials fee, which helps offset the costs of our volunteer program. If this fee is a hurdle for you, please reach out to us.

➡️ Learn about volunteering in Marin
➡️ Learn about volunteering in the East Bay

Upcoming orientation dates for volunteering in Marin

⚠️ The next Volunteer Orientation in Marin, scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2023, is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email Candace Alexander, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at

Thank you for your patience!

Upcoming orientation dates for volunteering in the East Bay

Join us for the next Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 10:30 am at our Oakland office.

Register Now!

The orientation lasts about 1.5 hours. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required – be sure to save your spot.

We could use your help in our Oakland location feeding the critters in our care and making sure their kennels, condos, and cages are tidy! Or perhaps you’re interested in fostering an animal in your home or pitching in at adoption events?


Under 18? Student Service Clubs might be for you!

Have a look at our Student Volunteers & Community Service page. And don’t forget to check out our Student Service Clubs for 5th through 12th graders and our internships for high school students. You may also contact the Youth Programs department or visit the Youth Programs page for more opportunities for kids to get involved.