Out of an abundance of caution and in order to ensure the safety and health of our staff, volunteers and members of our community, we are closed to the general public and are not accepting new volunteer applications until further notice.

A Message from the Volunteer Coordinator

Thank you for your interest in the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) Volunteer Program! We understand your time is valuable and we appreciate that you’re thinking about spending some of it with us! Volunteers are vital in helping us continue our mission to improve the lives of dogs and cats in our community by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay/neuter programs, and community education. The SAHS offers both long and short term volunteer opportunities for individuals and families. Volunteer applications are put on a temporary hold while we are implementing a new volunteer software.

Volunteer Opportunities

General Volunteer Program
The SAHS General Volunteer Program offers individuals a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from socializing our shelter pets to helping our staff with clerical duties and everything in between. The SAHS can accept general volunteers as young as 16 years of age. The fee for the General Volunteer Program is $30 per person. This fee goes to cover the cost of your volunteer insurance, shirt, badge, and any other necessary supplies. Applicants 18 years and older will also be required to complete a background check with Sterling Volunteers. The fee for the background check is $15.50 and is paid directly to Sterling Volunteers. 

How to apply:
1. Create an account in Volunteer Hub. Be sure to verify your email address so you can access your account! This account will serve as your application.
   a. New applications are reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator as soon as possible. Due to the high number of applications received it may take up to a week to receive a response (be sure to check your spam/junk folder). If you do not receive an email within 7 days please email

2. Follow the instructions outlined in your email. It will contain links to pay your application fee, complete your background check, and complete the Animal Handling 101 online course.

3. Once you have paid your application fee, background check, and Animal Handling 101 you will receive another email with a link to sign up for the New Volunteer Tour.



Court Mandated Community Service
Court Mandated Community Service hours are available at the SAHS for individuals needing to complete hours for minor traffic violations only. Court Mandated Volunteer jobs revolve around cleaning and consist of little to no animal interaction. Applicants are approved on a case by case basis by the Volunteer Coordinator. The fee for this program is $30 per person. You must meet the following guidelines to be considered for the program:

• Provide court documentation stating the offense, number of hours to be completed, and the date they must be completed.
• Submit to and pass a background check.
• Be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Please email to verify eligibility.

Volunteer for a Day
One-time volunteer opportunities are a great way to expose your group to the shelter and the volunteer program. The SAHS can provide tailored volunteer experiences which best match your group and the current need of the SAHS. All Volunteer for a Day program participants will receive a SAHS Volunteer Day shirt and a group photo with one of our shelter pets.

  • Families
    The Family Volunteer for a Day program was created to allow families with children between the ages of 5-15 the chance to volunteer together at the SAHS. Groups must consist of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 participants with no more than two children per adult family member. The fee for this program is as follows:
    • $100 for up to 5 participants
    • $200 for up to 10 participants
    For more information please email
  • Corporate Groups
    Participants must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Groups must consist of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 30 participants. The Volunteer for a Day program runs an average of three hours. The fee for this program is as follows:
    • $200 for up to 10 participants
    • $400 for up to 20 participants
    • $600 for up to 30 participants
    For more information please email

Volunteer for a Day – Individuals
Occasionally we will have Volunteer for a Day opportunities for individuals at SAHS events. Age restrictions, volunteer tasks, and hours will vary depending on the event. The fee for this program is $20. Individuals wishing to participate in more than one event will be asked to pay $10 for each additional event. Upcoming opportunities will be listed below. Please email for more information. Be sure to include the date and name of the event in your email.

  • Brooks Transport Events
    Volunteers are needed from 2 to 5 PM. Space is very limited. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Tasks revolve around cleaning and assisting staff with supply preparation.
    • Saturday, February 1st
    • Saturday, February 15th
    • Saturday, February 29th
    • Saturday, March 7th

General volunteers can participate in one or more of the following teams:

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Our volunteer program is sponsored by Mr. W Fireworks.