Become a Volunteer

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Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in supporting our vision to create a happy, healthy community for all animals. Volunteers play a key role in supporting animals and our community; we simply could not do this work without you! Scroll down to learn more and apply to become a volunteer.

Interested in Volunteering?

We know how valuable your time is, and we appreciate your interest in sharing some of it with us. Volunteers like YOU can help enrich the lives of shelter dogs, keep kennels clean, and make adoptions happen each day.

To better serve our animals, volunteer opportunities are currently open to those 16 years or older who can commit to a minimum of two hours per week for 4-6 months at our Santa Barbara or Santa Maria campuses.

As a result of the high volume of volunteer interest, we may not be able to get back to you immediately, however, we will contact you as positions become available. Thank you for your patience.

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What to Expect

A few guidelines to consider:

  • Volunteers should commit to a schedule and volunteer a minimum of 8-12 hours per month.
  • Volunteers under 16 years of age must partner with a parent or adult guardian volunteer.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to volunteering.
  • Volunteers are expected to follow program rules, abide by our Culture of Caring, and respect our philosophy as a Socially Conscious Shelter. 

The onboarding process:

  1. After applying, we will contact you for a phone interview.
  2. Attend orientation
  3. Attend training
  4. Begin solo shifts


Santa Barbara Campus
5399 Overpass Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
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Santa Maria Campus
1687 West Stowell Road
Santa Maria, CA 93458
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Send us a message, or call 805-203-3181.


Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Santa Barbara Humane. We’ve received your inquiry, and a team member will reach out to you soon!

Thank you!

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Attention Volunteer Applicants

Enrollment is now closed for volunteers at our Santa Barbara campus this month. However, we still need dog volunteers for the Santa Maria campus! Please check back at the beginning of April, as we will open up new volunteer positions at both campus locations.