Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. We have many volunteer opportunities available and we look forward to having you as part of our team!

Volunteer Opportunities:
You must be 18 years old in order to spend time interacting with our dogs and cats. Dog orientations are held at least four times a month on Thursdays from 11:00-1:00PM, and/or Saturdays or Sundays, 9:00-11:00AM. You must pre-register for the dog orientations in person during our open hours. Cat orientations are held on one or two Saturday mornings per month from 10:30-12. Please call (562) 430-4993, email us at or stop in to sign up for the next available cat orientation class. Please do not come for either orientation session unless you have been pre-registered.

*If you are interested in volunteering with a group, or are in need of school hours, please contact us individually. We are able to accommodate some, but not all, special requests, and decide on a case-by-case basis.

Dog Walking:
Help make sure that our dogs get enough exercise, outside time and socialization! One of the many things that set us apart from other shelters is our commitment to making sure that the dogs have the best possible life while they are with us. Every dog gets three 30 minute walks a day to help keep them fit, friendly and engaged. Walking provides them with a much needed break from being in their run, and spending time with you for some puppy love. Everyday there are three dog-walking shifts: 7am-10am, 10am-4pm, 4pm-7pm. Wind, rain or shine, each and every dog gets time out of their kennel thanks to our volunteers.
In order to sign up, you will be required to come down to the center in person and during our open hours to read and fill out our questionnaire. A Dog Welfare Representative will review it with you, in person, and sign you up for an orientation. All potential dog walkers must be able to safely handle the dogs, take direction and follow our guildelines.

Please email with any questions or if you are interested in volunteering with a group, or are in need of school hours. We are able to accommodate some, but not all,  special requests, and decide on a case-by-case basis.

Cat Volunteering:
The first step for cat volunteers is getting to know the cats and kittens. The more socialization they receive, the more adoptable they become. We get so busy sometimes that the shy, timid cats are overlooked, so they really need your time. In addition to the need for socialization, we need help with all the daily chores such as scooping litter boxes, keeping our common rooms neat and clean and doing dishes and laundry. We need help during all the hours we are open to the public, but especially during the daily closing period from 4:00-6:00pm and on holidays. You may call (562) 430-4993, email or come down in person to sign up for a cat volunteer orientation class!

Kitten Foster Program:
Do you love kittens? We also need foster homes for the many kittens who are adopted through our Foster Care Program (FCP) each year. Please read more about the foster program by clicking on Kitten Foster Program and if you think you would like to foster, fill out the Feline Foster Care Application. Once we have your application, you will be contacted by our foster care coordinator.

Fundraising & Special Events:
Do you have event planning experience, or a passion for creative fundraising?
We hold a variety of different fundraising events annually, and are always looking for new volunteers who are excited to get involved. We need help planning, advertising, organizing and running things on the day of events. Additionally, if you have new ideas we welcome the chance to discuss them with you.

Community Outreach:
Don’t have time to commit to helping on site at the shelter? No problem!  SBACC needs friendly, outgoing, animal-loving people to represent the SBACC at events, fundraisers and spread the word about what we do. Community Outreach volunteers help raise awareness about SBACC, and the upcoming programs and events that we have.

*Are you a good baker? We often have events that include bake sales, and we always need extra hands and extra treats!
Please email

Our animals are very spoiled and have tons of blankets, beds and toys in their kennels. We need people to help with the washing, drying and folding of blankets etc in order to maintain the health and comfort of our animals. This requires handling soiled items and following directions for the bleach and soap ratio posted in the laundry room.

We always need help picking up poop in the runs, disinfecting kennels, doing dishes and general tasks that keep our office and buildings clean, safe and professional.

Dog grooming:
Are you an experienced/trained dog groomer willing to give your services for free? The funds we raise are quickly used for the feeding and the health care of our dogs, which means that doggy spa treatments and grooming sessions are hard to come by. A well-groomed dog will often attract a new owner faster than a scruffy one, so if you would like to lend your paws to help keep our dogs clean and stylish, we would be happy for the help! Ask your instructor for details.

If you have administrative experience that you are looking to put to use, we would love your help. Our office volunteers provide administrative support to staff by helping with data entry, photocopying, answering phones and public relations. Additionally, we often have other projects come up that utilize a range of office skills, and we are looking for organized, dedicated people to help us follow through.

Please call or email if you any questions at all, and thank you for your interest in volunteering with us and wanting to make a positive impact on our dogs and cats!