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General Information Session

If you have time to give, want to help East Bay cats and dogs looking for homes, and are interested in our volunteer program (see Volunteer Opportunities for detailed information), please register for a General Information Session. The registration link opens on the 1st day of the month in which the session is scheduled. If the session you are interesed in attending is full, or if one is not yet scheduled, please wait for the next one to be posted. We do not have a wait list at this time.

Animal care positions are currently near capacity.  We are focusing our volunteer recruitment efforts on administrative assistance, foster care for dogs and cats, fundraising, photography and videography.  

For the animal care positions, the minimum time commitment is one regular 2-hr weekly shift for six months. Shifts are scheduled during our hours of operation from 7:00am to 6:00pm. If you plan to volunteer for any of the non-animal care positions, you need only to attend the General Information Session prior to receiving your assignment. Minimum commitments for non-animal care opportunities varies and can often be flexible. Animal care volunteers follow the following training schedule:

   Week 1:  General Information Session (one hour)
   Week 2:  Shelter Support training: Safety & Disease Prevention (two hours)
   Week 3:  Shelter Support: Reception (one hour)
   Week 4:  Shelter Support Shift (one hour self-scheduled shift)
   Week 5:  Shelter Support Shift (one hour self-scheduled shift)
   Week 6:  Canine Friend training (two hours)
                  Feline Friend Training (one hour)

The training series starts on the second Sunday of the month and continues every weekend after that until complete.

The minimum age requirement for volunteering with the dogs at Berkeley Humane is 16. If you plan to work only with cats, the minimum age requirement is 10. Minors aged 10-15 work under the supervision of a parent or guardian as a team. If you are seeking opportunities to fulfill a school community service requirement, we will assist you with coordinating a fund or donation drive at your school or in your community.  


2014 General Information Sessions will occur on the following dates:

Sunday, January 12
Sunday, March 9
Sunday, May 11
Sunday, July 13
Sunday, September 14
Sunday, November 9


Berkeley Humane is committed to providing each volunteer and foster parent with a rewarding and productive experience. We look forward to meeting you! 

Event Information:
Location: 2700 9th St. (Around the corner in our warehouse off Carleton)
Duration: 1 hour
Date Time Capacity Registration
No events have been sceduled at this time.


Information Request Form

Phone Number:
Volunteer Preference:

For additional inquiries, please complete the form to the left and one of our volunteer coordinators will be in touch with you soon.

To learn more about our foster program,click here.

To learn more about helping with photography or marketing, email Emily Lines.

To learn more about volunteering in the Veterinary Spay/Neuter Hospital, please email Jehn Mikalacki, RVT.

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