VolunteerAs a mostly volunteer* organization, every action we take is critical to accomplishing the mission and goals of the MSRPAC. As a volunteer, you will be making a difference for the animal residents as well as your community. As a member of our devoted team of volunteers, you will become part of the solution. You will help make the world safer and more humane for all living creatures. And, you will make the jobs of everyone working for animals a little easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership.

Seven steps to becoming a volunteer:

1. Be at least 14 years old

2. Review opportunites below.

3. Complete an application by clicking here.  (You will be prompted to create a unique user name and password.)

4. You will be invited to a 60-minute orientation and other training classes in your areas of interest. The next scheduled date for orientation is in April 2016.  The date will be announced in March. If you complete your application of interest, you will be emailed the date and time to attend.

5. Commit to 6 months of service and give a minimum of 6 hours per month or 60 hours.

6. Pay a one time fee of $12, which includes the cost of a short-sleeve Volunteer t-shirt, name badge and training materials.

7. Have fun making a difference in the lives of the Adoption Center’s pets!

By volunteering, you will make new friends…and not just the four-legged kind. You will work side-by-side with people from all walks of life who share similar interests and concerns regarding companion animals. Further, you will have the opportunity to discover skills you never knew you had, and learn new ones.

We would be happy to sign off on community service hours for students who are 14 years and older required for High School and College but we are unable to verify hours to meet community service requirements mandated by the court.

Join our Team by clicking here or Download & Mail the Application Form

Still have questions?  Contact our Volunteer Services Director at 951-688-4340 ext 315.


Volunteer Opportunities

Cat Socializing and Exercise

This involves socializing, brushing, and playing with the cats and kittens to relieve the stress and boredom that comes with being in the cattery, as well as to make them comfortable being around humans. Certain physical requirements are necessary.

Dog Socializing and Exercise

The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center uses a Head Start program for Adoption Center dogs which teaches basic manners, as well as provides exercise, socialization and human interaction to increase their adoptability. No prior dog-training experience is needed. Certain physical requirements are necessary.

Dog Agility Training (must be 16 years old)

Some dogs need more than basic obedience training. Agility classes help to calm overly energetic dogs in a constructive environment. Conversely, agility helps to build confidence in shy or fearful dogs. Further, the training teaches dogs to follow the commands of their human companions. Dog socializing and exercise training is a prerequisite.

Foster Care Program

Foster care offers animals a temporary home environment where they will experience love and care. Volunteers hand-raise, which may mean bottle feeding, kittens and puppies that are too young to be cared for at the Adoption Center. This requires a great deal of personal time and commitment but is well worth the effort. On occasion, there are adult dogs or cats recovering from an injury or surgery and in need of some extra nurturing and loving care. You will receive training and all supplies needed to care for the animals.

Become a Foster Parent!

Grooming (must be 16 years old)

The dogs need to be clean and healthy; they also need to look their very best so they will make a good first impression on visitors and find their forever homes. No prior experience is needed. You will be trained to bathe and possibly clip the canine residents. No prior  grooming experience is needed.  Dog socialization and exercise training is a prerequisite.

Chuck Waggin' Pet Meals

What can be more gratifying than to play a part in giving someone a helping hand?  Volunteers who work with the Pet Meals program collect and package dog and cat food which is then distributed, free of charge, to the dogs and cats of homebound elderly and disabled people

Humane Education

Volunteers help promote the Adoption Center’s educational programs and responsible pet ownership awareness by making presentations to and working with school children, scout troops, and community and service organizations, as well as representing the Adoption Center at a variety of community events.

Office Support (must be 16 years old)

Volunteers assist with many tasks including reception as a public liaison to answer phones, greet visitors, and provide resource information. Volunteers need to be pleasant, understanding, and able to help visitors have a positive experience at the Adoption Center.

Helping Paws Program ( formerly Pet Assisted Therapy, must be 16 years old)

Volunteers take pre-selected adoption center dogs for monthly visits to area hospital, convalescent, rehabilitation and assisted-living facilities. This program brings joy to patients and residents who look forward to seeing, petting and holding furry friends. The program also provides valuable socialization for the dogs. It helps them become comfortable with riding in cars, going into new environments, and being petted and hugged by loving strangers.  Dog socialization and excercise training is a prerequisite.

Special Events and Fundraising

Annual special events include Walk with the Animals, Comedy Night, Pet Pictures with Santa and Spay-ghetti Dinner. MSRPAC volunteers can help organize and staff events.

Thrift Store

Our Thrift Store duties include greeting and assisting customers, sorting and pricing and displaying merchandise, light cleaning.  We need our Thrift Store volunteers to be able to lift at least 25lbs please.

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