The Stockton Animal Shelter is the largest open-admission animal shelter in the city of Stockton and San Joaquin County. The animals in our care depend on our staff to improve their lives while in our care. Animals in our care also depend on the volunteers who generously dedicate thousands of volunteer hours each year improving their lives. 

There are many rewarding volunteer opportunities available at the Stockton Animal Shelter. Below are just a few:  

  • Foster kittens 

  • Foster puppies 

  • Foster animals with medical needs 

  • Socializing animals 

  • Clean and care for animals while in the shelter 

  • Assist potential adopters with adoption at the shelter and at off-site adoption events 

  • Laundry might seem like a small task, but it's an important one.  With an annual intake of 11,000 animals, we have a lot of laundry.

If you are interested in volunteering, please download and print the volunteer application. Bring the completed application to the Shelter or email it to the Animal Care Coordinator at