Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary
Description: A sanctuary for animals that cannot be returned back to the wild, with a commitment to educational and interpretive concepts, exhibits and programs that stress the intrinsic worth of every animal, as well as species.
Volunteer Opportunities: Zookeeper aid, animal care and grounds-keeper
Min Age: 16
Contact Person: Jill Lute
Address: 403 Stafford St. Folsom, CA 95630
Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.): Facebook
Prerequisite: Application. Previous animal care experience preferred, but not required.
Front Street Animal Shelter
Description: Operates the City of Sacramento's animal shelter, providing shelter and care to abandoned dogs, cats, rabbits, etc., with the goal of finding them a safe and nurturing home.
Volunteer Opportunities: Assist with shelter chores, special events, handling and exercising dogs
and cats, office work, adoption clinics and education
Min Age: 12 with adult supervision
Contact: Janice Wagaman, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808‐8166
Address: 2127 Front Street Sacramento, CA 95818
Prerequisites: Application and Orientation. Sign up online.
Description: Dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of homeless and abused animals. Needy animals are rescued, nurtured, and provided shelter and medical care (including spaying and neutering) before being placed in loving homes.
Volunteer Opportunities: Feed and water animals, socialize cats by talking and playing with them, brush and groom cats, set up cages for the arrival of foster cats and kittens, clean cages clean cages and litter boxes.
Min Age: 12 (through age 17: part of Junior Program), 18+ as regular volunteer
Contact: Mary Harrison, Junior Program Coordinator
Phone: (916) 708-8235
Address: 6001 Folsom Blvd Sacramento, CA 95819
Prerequisites: An orientation session is required prior to volunteering. Sign up online.
Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc.
Description: Securing safe, loving homes for displaced or homeless Golden Retrievers at a no-kill sanctuary.
Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative, bathing/grooming, walking, training, kennel cleaning, socializing animals, landscape/gardening.
Min Age: 15
Phone: (916) 655-1410
Address: 7495 Natomas Road, Elverta, CA 95626
Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.): https://www.facebook.com/HomewardBoundGoldens
Prerequisite: Please see requirements and fill out an application at:
Description: Dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through our programs and services, such as adoption, reunification, spaying/neutering, education, and more.
Volunteer Opportunities: Varied – described in detail on website
Min Age: 13 with a parent or legal guardian working with them at all times; 18 + no guardian supervision
Contact Person: Volunteer Program Manager
Phone: 916-782-7722 ext. 104
Address: 150 Corporation Yard Road
Prerequisite: Must attend training classes and commit to volunteering at least four (4) hours a month for a minimum of six (6) months after training is completed.
Description: Inspires appreciation, understanding and respect for all living things through stimulating education, wholesome recreation and innovative species management.
Summer Camp Counselor: Assist instructors with weeklong camp classes for children. Duties include crafts, games, enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, face painting, overnight camp programs, and more.
Zoo Teens: Zoo Teens are a group of 13 – 19 year olds interested in animals, the Earth, and our community who volunteer their time on weekends at The Sacramento Zoo. Zoo Teens will develop their own ideals, views, and passions, to help encourage zoo patrons to become better stewards of the Earth. Zoo Teens focus on educating the public about conservation, wildlife, and current events that affect the environment.
Min Age: 15
Contact: Sarah Musser, Teen Coordinator
Phone: (916) 808-7709
Address: 3930 Land Park Drive Sacramento, CA 95822
Prerequisite: Summer Camp Counselor applications available February through April. Zoo Teen applications available mid-April through June.
Wildlife Care Association
Description: Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of local wildlife.
Volunteer Opportunities: Wildlife rehabilitation- Learn about nutrition, how to feed/medicate/ID animals, environmental enrichment and husbandry. Includes cleaning tasks. Prefer commitment of at least four hours a week during the slow season, and five hours a week during the summer for at least 40 hours.
Min Age: 16
Contact Person: Cassondra Yarlott
Phone: (916) 965-9453
Address: 5211 Patrol Rd. McClellan, CA 95652
Social Media: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildlife-Care-Association/437260003007349