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Shelter Volunteer Positions


OC Animal Care will provide training to all volunteers. Volunteers are required to complete training for each position in which they are selected to serve.


 Dog Walker

Dog walkers exercise and socialize dogs that are currently available for adoption. Through this interaction, volunteers provide the dogs with mental stimulation creating a healthier, happier, more adoptable dog. Some volunteers work with dogs to develop good manners, such as walking well on a leash, that will help them be more successful in their new homes. Dog walkers may also bathe adoptable dogs as needed.

Petco Cattery


When volunteering at the Petco Cattery in Orange, you will have an opportunity to create a comfortable and clean environment for the kittens, guide potential adopters towards the right match, ensure seamless adoption processes, and offer ongoing love and care to our residents Petco kittens.

Cat Socializer


Cat socializers work with cats that are currently available for adoption, providing them with mental stimulation and practice being handled in various manners. By doing so, volunteers help to improve the cats’ quality of life and prepare them for adoption into loving homes.

Rabbit Socializer


Rabbit socializers handle rabbits that are currently available for adoption at the shelter. Some rabbits are not used to being handled and these volunteers help to create more social, and thus more adoptable, bunnies.


Customer Service Support


These volunteers help our Customer Service Staff with items like sorting donations, helping with copies and paperwork, and completing special projects as needed.

Community Events/Special Shelter Events


Volunteers act as shelter ambassadors and help to spread the mission of OC Animal Care throughout the community. Volunteers participating in special events, both on-site and off-site, help to promote the adoption of shelter animals. Through education and a positive attitude, these volunteers help build lasting relationships with the community OC Animal Care serves.

Clerical Support


Volunteers assist shelter staff with various office projects, helping to improve the efficiency of work completed at OC Animal Care. Projects are intermittent and are assigned to clerical volunteers as the need arises.



Volunteers groom shelter dogs to create quality bonding time between themselves and the dogs, thus increase a dog's adoptability. These dogs often come to us matted and dirty. This special attention from a grooming volunteer enables the dog’s true personality to shine through and increased his chance of being adopted. At this time OC Animal Care is unable to offer thorough grooming training, but we welcome those who possess grooming skills.

Kitten Nursery Attendant


Kitten nursery attendants help to feed, clean, and care for small kittens that are housed in OC Animal Care’s kitten nursery. These kittens are currently awaiting placement with a rescue organization or a foster home. With the help from these volunteers, OC Animal Care and its extensive network of foster caretakers and rescue organizations have saved thousands of underage kittens.


How can you get started?

To be considered for OC Animal Care’s volunteer program, please email with your interest.