Get Involved

Our volunteers do more than walk dogs and cuddle kitties – although that is a perk!

Take a look at some of the ongoing opportunities available at Marin Humane. Please note: the availability of these opportunities changes monthly.

Animal Transport Volunteers at Marin Humane Adoption Counselor
Animal Care Assistant
Auxiliary Thrift Shop Salesperson
Dog Training Assistant
Education Docent
Foster Care
Pet Pal – Cats
Pet Pal – Dogs
Pet Pal – Small Companion Animals
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Shelter Greeter
Data Entry
Special Events Volunteer


Adoption Counselor

Find lifelong, loving homes for shelter animals by interviewing, evaluating, and matching prospective adopters with the right animal for their family.

Time Commitment

  • Weekly four-hour shift
  • Staff meetings and seminars

Qualifications

  • Prior customer service experience a plus
  • Must enjoy working with both adults and children
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Interest in educating public on pet care
  • Previous experience handling all kinds of animals
  • Ability to bend and lift
  • Ability to handle large dogs and strong, energetic dogs
  • Able to lift cats

Training Requirements

  • Interview with Adoptions staff
  • Two days of observation at adoption desk
  • Pet Pal training – dogs, cats, and small companion animals
  • 12-16 week apprenticeship – primarily shadowing senior volunteer

Duties

  • Greet the public, answer phones, maintain files
  • Evaluate and match adopters with shelter pets
  • Handle cats, dogs, and small companion animals
  • Provide education on care, handling, and behavior

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Animal Care AssistantAnimal Outfitters Volunteers

Would you like to make a direct impact on the daily lives of our shelter animals? As an Animal Care volunteer, you would be providing hands-on direct care for our animals by feeding, cleaning cages, restocking supplies, monitoring animal health, and assisting with various other kennel duties. You can choose to work with dogs, cats, small companion animals, barn animals, or all of the above. Help is needed throughout the day as early as 7:30 am or as late as 8:00 pm, seven days a week.

Time Commitment

  • Minimum of two to four hours per week

Qualifications

  • Comfortable bending, squatting, and kneeling
  • May need to lift 20 lbs. or more
  • Will require standing/walking for the majority of the shift
  • Experience handling a variety of animals
  • Energetic and work-oriented

Training Requirements

  • On-the-job training; the length of training will depend on your experience

Duties

  • Assist Animal Care Technicians in caring for a variety of animals directly impacting their physical and emotional well-being
  • Stock supplies, laundry, wash dishes and litter pans, hose down dog runs, clean cat and small animal cages, record vital information
  • Help monitor our animal population, providing real-time feedback to staff about concerns and observations

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Auxiliary Thrift Shop Salesperson

Do you LOVE shopping in thrift shops, looking for hidden gems? Volunteer as a salesperson in this busy San Anselmo store. Proceeds support the Marin Humane Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Time Commitment

  • Two days a month (11 am to 4 pm) at the shop in San Anselmo

Qualifications

  • Good customer service skills
  • Retail experience helpful, but not necessary

Training Requirements

  • On-the-job training at the shop

Duties

  • Sales
  • Cashiering

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Data Entry

Assist with data entry projects in a Marin Humane office.

Time Commitment

  • As needed, minimum two hours per week

Qualifications

  • Accurate keyboarding skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Word and basic computer skills
  • Ability to work independently

Training Requirements

  • As needed, by project supervisor

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Shelter Greeter

Welcoming people to Marin Humane is an important job! For many visitors, walking into the shelter is their first contact with us. The greeter provides assistance and direction to the public in a friendly and positive manner.

Time commitment

  • Three-hour weekly shift

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working in customer service helpful
  • Basic computer skills are helpful
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Positive, outgoing, willing to take initiative

Training Requirements

  • Interview with Adoption Supervisor
  • Observe two shifts in Adoption and Customer Service departments
  • On-the-job training by senior volunteer and adoption staff

Duties

  • Meet and greet shelter visitors; provide assistance in friendly and positive manner
  • Distribute information to visitors
  • Direct visitors to appropriate staff/department, answer and receive questions, comments, and concerns
  • Monitor visitors and notify staff of any visitor problems, needs, questions, or concerns

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Dog Training Assistant

Assist trainers in different levels of dog training classes and help guardians and their pets become better companions for one another.

Time Commitment

  • Three hours per week minimum

Qualifications

  • Excellent customer service and people skills
  • Desire to learn dog training methods and educate the public
  • Ability to lift and move heavy agility equipment
  • Comfortable standing for one and a half hours on cement floor; physically able to kneel, bend, and jog
  • Must have dog handling skills
  • Highly recommended that DTA is currently a dog guardian

Training Requirements

  • Observe a dog training class
  • Attend DTA orientation meeting
  • Work with shelter dogs for a session
  • Shadow a mentor volunteer in a six-week dog training class or attend five dog training classes with a mentor

Duties

  • Assist instructor prior to, during, and after class
  • Work one-on-one with clients and their dogs
  • Learn to use various training equipment/tools

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Foster Care

Provide shelter for sick, injured, or very young animals in your home. Food, supplies, and medical care are provided by Marin Humane.

Time Commitment

  • As needed, depending on the animals in our care

Qualifications

  • Love for and patience with sick, injured, and young animals
  • Animal experience preferred
  • Separate room in home for foster
  • Resident animals must be fully vaccinated
  • Ability to adjust your schedule to meet the needs of the animal
  • Ability to recognize animals in need of medical attention

Training Requirements

  • Meet with Foster Program Coordinator to discuss program and sign agreement
  • Review Information and Care handbook
  • One-on-one training with Foster Program Coordinator or senior volunteers

Duties

  • Provide care for sick, injured, or very young animals in your home
  • Communicate promptly and clearly with Foster Program Coordinator with any questions or concerns

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Pet Pal – Cats

Do you love felines? Spend a couple of hours each week socializing and entertaining cats of all sizes and ages while they await their “forever home.”

Time Commitment

  • Two to four hours per week on a regularly scheduled shift
  • Staff meeting and various seminars

Qualifications

  • Two years of cat handling experience
  • Enjoy working with both cats and people
  • Able to work independently
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds comfortably, as well as bending, reaching, and squatting

Training Requirements

  • Attend Cat Pet Pal training
  • Shadow Cat Pet Pals in a variety of shifts
  • Mentoring with senior volunteer

Duties

  • Socialize and groom cats
  • Provide daily written updates on cat temperament, personality, and noticeable medical issues
  • Answer questions about the cats in a positive and friendly manner

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Pet Pal – Dogs

Help us keep the adoption dogs healthy and happy! Our volunteers work year-round, rain or shine, exercising and socializing the adoption dogs. This physical job will give you a good workout, too!

Time Commitment

  • Two to four hours per week

Qualifications

  • Previous experience handling dogs
  • Physical ability to restrain 60-pound dog
  • Physical ability to move easily in and out of dog runs, including stepping, squatting, and kneeling
  • Able to follow detailed procedures
  • Able to work independently

Training Requirements

  • Attend Dog Pet Pal training
  • Work with senior volunteer mentors a minimum of two sessions
  • Continuing education (workshops, training, meetings) as required

Duties

  • Exercise and socialize adoption dogs
  • Report any medical or behavioral issues to Adoption Supervisor
  • Commitment to weekly shift, regardless of weather

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Pet Pal – Small Companion Animals

Did you know that working with small companion animals like rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs will lower your blood pressure? Learn how to handle these little critters, then sign up to volunteer and get rid of stress at the same time!

Time Commitment

  • Two hours per week

Qualifications

  • Experience handling small companion animals
  • Able to work independently
  • Willing to clean and organize animal housing area
  • Good communication skills

Training Requirements

  • Attend SCA Pet Pal training
  • Read literature on handling

Duties

  • Socializing, cleaning, and grooming small companion animals

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Animal-Assisted Therapy

Share your animal companion by visiting senior communities, convalescent centers, hospitals, schools, and libraries.

Time Commitment

  • Two to four visits per month

Qualifications

  • Love for both people and animals

Animal Qualifications

  • Dogs must have a specific skill set before attending the Animal-Assisted Therapy training, usually acquired through Family Dog classes
  • Dogs must successfully complete the “Your Dog to Share” class – five Monday evenings and one Saturday morning (plus an off-site graduation)
  • Other pets will fulfill requirements of a temperament and behavior screening
  • All pets must be spayed or neutered

Duties

  • The AAT team visits community facilities, including senior residential programs, hospitals (graduate position), special care facilities, special day programs in schools, and homebound individuals. Other assignments may include Marin Humane special events.
  • Our hospital programs are graduate positions and require that you are active as an AAT team for one year before being considered.

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Special Events Volunteer

Special events help support the programs and services at Marin Humane. If you have experience planning and executing special events, we can always use your help.

Time Commitment

  • As needed, including nights and weekends

Qualifications

  • Desire to work in the planning stages of special events
  • Previous event planning experience required
  • Computer literacy and email access required

Training Requirements

  • On-the-job training

Duties

  • Planning and procuring items for special events – silent auction items, benefit drawing items, food and drink, sponsors, entertainment, data entry/ticketing

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