Adult Volunteers

Rancho Coastal Humane Society is temporarily suspending kennel/shelter volunteer orientations in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Our volunteer recruitment and on-boarding are suspended until further notice.

Thrift Shop and Foster Volunteer opportunities may still be available. Please see programs listed below for more information.

We thank you for your patience, and we wish you continued health and safety.

Animal Companionship

Volunteers can work with dogs, cats and rabbits. Volunteer companions help keep our animals healthy both physically and mentally. By spending time with these companion pets, you’re providing invaluable socialization that helps prepare them for their new fur-ever home. RCHS Animal Companions may spend time playing, grooming, cleaning, training and for canines, walking the animal.

No specific skills are required, but prior experience with animals is helpful. All Animal Companion volunteers must commit to coming in once a week for at least six months.

Special Events and Media Team

These volunteers help us with our community outreach activities. This can mean transporting an animal for a television appearance or special event. In addition, we always need support when it comes to selling tickets, distributing flyers and staffing fundraisers that help us bring in critical funds to support RCHS.

  1. Complete a volunteer application and review/sign essential capabilities document (pdf downloads)
  2. Attend a volunteer orientation, required of all new RCHS volunteers regardless of prior experience.
  3. Complete at least one on-the-job training shift with a volunteer mentor.
  4. Start volunteering!

For more information, email

Note: Volunteers must be 18-years old. Community service hours are approved on a case-by-case basis.

Front Desk Volunteer Program

RCHS is looking for volunteers interested in working directly with the public.  Front Desk Volunteers greet visitors when they first arrive at the shelter and often provide details about our adoption process. They perform administrative and support tasks that enhance our animal services and other programs. This is a fast-paced, exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunity.  The Front Desk Volunteer Team is vital to ensuring a positive customer experience. Please email your application to



Group Volunteering

  • Shelter/Thrift Shop Give Back Day. Volunteer groups spend time helping at both our Thrift Shop (TS) and Shelter facility. Volunteers will also get a VIP shelter tour, and have time to spend with the animals. (5 people max for shelter and 10 people max for TS)
  • Animal Influencer. Following a VIP shelter tour, volunteers will learn about some of our special needs cases, campaigns and special events. Volunteers will then take on an “influencer” role and work hand-in-paw with social media and promotional efforts to get the word out.
  • Special Fundraiser Events. Volunteer groups can customize their own fundraiser to support Rancho Coastal Humane Society and its many programs and services. This can include: bake sales, collection drives, car washes, pet food drives, etc. We’ll work with you to come up with the best option for your group.

Got an idea for your group, or want more information? Contact

Pet Assisted Therapy

If you think your pet has what it takes to be a therapy animal, visit our Pet Assisted Therapy page for more details.

Foster Care Volunteer Opportunities

Visit our Foster Care page for more details.

Thrift Shop

Rancho Coastal Humane Society has one of the top rated thrift stores in the country. Visit the Thrift Shop page for more details on volunteering at the shop.

Volunteer Opportunities for Kids and Teens

Learn more about our Kids Community Service program by visiting our Youth Programs page.