Adult Opportunities

Listed below are the volunteer opportunity job descriptions. Please note: the availability of these opportunities changes monthly.

Learn more about our volunteer program requirements and contact information here.

Adoption Counselor
Adoption Counselor - Kitty Corner in San Anselmo
Animal Care Assistant
Auxiliary Thrift Shop Salesperson
Cat Caretaker - Kitty Corner in San Anselmo
Dog Training Assistant
Education Docent
Foster Care
Pet Pal - Cats
Pet Pal - Dogs
Pet Pal - Small Companion Animals
SHARE - Animal Assisted Therapy
SHARE - Pet Care Assistance
Shelter Greeter
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 4 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 animal handling experience
  • Ability to handle strong, energetic dogs
  • Able to lift 50 lbs
Training Requirements
  • Interview with Adoption staff
  • 2 days of observation at adoption desk
  • Pet Pal Training – dogs, cats and SCAs
  • 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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Adoption Counselor - Kitty Corner in San Anselmo

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

Time Commitment

  • 3 hours per week on a regular scheduled 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 cats
  • 6 months experience as MHS Adoption Counselor
  • Good computer skills – laptop/tablet experience preferred

Training Required

  • Interview with Adoption staff
  • Cleaning protocols
  • Training on adoption procedures specific to Kitty Corner site
  • Shelter Buddy training

Duties

  • Greet the public, answer phones, maintain files
  • Evaluate and match adopters with shelter pets
  • Provide education on care, handling and behavior of cats
  • Handle and feed cats, clean cat cages, stock supplies, laundry

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Animal Care Assistant

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

  • 2-4 hours per week

Qualifications

  • Experience handling a variety of animals
  • Energetic
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Comfortable bending, squatting, kneeling

Training Requirements

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

Duties

  • Assist Animal Care Technicians in working with a variety of animals
  • Heavy cleaning, stock supplies, laundry, wash dishes and litter pans, hose dog runs, clean cat and small animal cages, record vital information

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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 MHS's Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Time Commitment

  • Two days a month (11am to 4pm) 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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Cat Caretaker - Kitty Corner in San Anselmo

Do you love felines? Spend a few hours each week caring for and socializing cats of all sizes and ages while they await their “forever home” in our new “Kitty Corner” adoption location.

Time Commitment

  • 1.5 hours per week on a regularly scheduled shift; Staff meeting and various seminars

Qualifications

  • Previous experience as a Cat Pet Pal at MHS or equivalent experience interacting with cats
  • 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, squatting
  • Good computer skills – laptop/tablet experience preferred

Training Required

  • Cleaning and feeding protocols specific to Kitty Corner
  • Shelter Buddy training
  • Mentoring with Feline Behavior Coordinator

Duties

  • Feed cats, clean cat condos, restock supplies, laundry
  • Socialize and groom cats
  • Provide daily updates on cat temperament, personality, and any noticeable medical issues
  • Answer questions about the cats in a positive and friendly manner

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Shelter Greeter

Welcoming people to MHS 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

  • 3 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 2 shifts in Adoptions and Customer Care Department
  • On-the-job training by senior volunteer and adoption staff
  • Good faith commitment 6-month minimum

Duties

  • Meet and greet shelter visitors; provide assistance in friendly and positive manner
  • Distribute information to visitors
  • Direct visitors to appropriate staff/department; answer questions, 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

  • 3 hours per week minimum (one dog training class)

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 1.5 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 senior volunteer in a 6-week dog training class or attend 5 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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Education Docent

Educate children by bringing humane programs into the classroom. Tour Guides and Special Event volunteers are also needed.

Time Commitment

  • As needed

Qualifications

  • Experience working with children and/or education experience
  • Willingness to learn
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Knowledge of basic animal welfare issues
  • Experience handling animals a plus

Training Requirements

  • Interview with Education staff
  • Attend training orientation and meetings
  • Shadow other docents
  • Selected reading/videos

Duties

  • Conduct tours of MHS
  • Lead classroom presentations at Marin County Schools
  • Conduct children’s birthday parties at MHS

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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 MHS.

Time Commitment

  • As needed

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 Coordinator to discuss program and sign agreement
  • Review Information and Care handbook
  • One-on-one training with Foster 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

  • 2-4 hours per week on a regularly scheduled shift
  • Staff meeting and various seminars

Qualifications

  • 2 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

  • 2-4 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 2 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

  • 2 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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SHARE Program - Animal Assisted Therapy

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

Time Commitment

  • 2-4 visits per month

Qualifications

  • Love for both people and animals

Animal Qualifications

  • Dogs must have a specific skill set before attending the SHARE training, usually acquired through Family Dog classes
  • Dogs must successfully complete "Your dog to SHARE" class: five Monday evenings and one Saturday morning (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 MHS special events
  • Our hospital programs are graduate positions and require that you are active as a SHARE volunteer team for one year before considered

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SHARE Program - Pet Care Assistance

Help seniors and people with disabilities care for their companion animals in their homes.

Time Commitment

  • As needed, weekly or monthly

Qualifications

  • Desire to work with individuals and the pets
  • Good “people” skills

Training Requirements

  • One-hour Share introduction meeting
  • Additional training to fulfill pet care responsibilities

Duties

  • Assist seniors, AIDS patients, and Hospice clients with the care of their pets. Needs will vary depending on the individual situation. For example, providing transportation to and from vet, walking/exercising dogs, bathing animals, delivering pet food and supplies

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Special Events Volunteer

Special events help support the programs and services at MHS. If you have experience planning and executing special events, we can 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 literate 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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171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Phone 415.883.4621

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