It’s easy to become a volunteer for LA Animal Services

We are looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of the abandoned and orphan animals in our care. We need friendly, outgoing and personable volunteers to assist the public and work with the staff in our Animal Shelters and at off-site adoption events. To become a volunteer with LAAS, you must complete an application and submit it to our offices.

Volunteer Application

You may send you application three ways:

  • e-mail to ani.volunteers@lacity.org
  • fax to 323-221-2894
  • mail to attn: Volunteer Coordinator, North Central Shelter, 3201 N. Lacy St., Los Angeles, CA 90031
  • Once we receive your application, we will review it and contact you with further information if you qualify for this opportunity.

    For more information, please review the Volunteer Handbook

    Attending an Orientation
    Attending an orientation is mandatory. It is the time to learn our policies, procedures and programs, learn about basic animal behavior, and gain a thorough understanding of the many ways you can truly make a difference – and ultimately help find homes for the animals in our Animal Shelters. You may choose to work with any or all of our animal populations: dogs, cats, rabbits, exotics and/or livestock.

    Volunteer Time Commitment
    Once you have attended an orientation, you can set your own schedule. You may volunteer during the hours the shelter is open to the public. Individual shelters may have additional volunteer hours for experienced volunteers. When you have the free time, just drop in on us when it is convenient for you during our open hours.

    Age Restrictions/Community Service Hours
    Due to insurance restrictions, volunteers must be at least 16 years of age (sorry, no exceptions). If 16-17, a parent or guardian must be present to attend the initial orientation and then execute the necessary forms on the minor’s behalf. Due to the amount of training involved with becoming a volunteer, LAAS is not set up for volunteers who need to meet short-term (i.e., 10-20 hours) school community service requirements.

    Just call 323-224-2350 or email us at ani.volunteers@lacity.org and join the fun and start making a difference! LAAS recognizes the contributions made by volunteers and is committed to providing a volunteer program that offers challenging opportunities where volunteers can truly make a difference in the lives of the animals LAAS cares for, and fostering a collaborative and supportive environment. We appreciate that many people would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless and abandoned animals, but may not have the time to commit to volunteering.

    Reserve Animal Control Officer
    RACO information flyer

    Are you interested in trying something different? The RACO Program welcomes volunteers to become Reserve Animal Control Officers serving in the same capacity as our Animal Control Officers.

    • The program requires a commitment of 16 hours of volunteer service each month at any one of our six Animal Shelters for 3 months prior to the first class.
    • Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years of age, a high school graduate or equivalent, and must have a current driver’s license.
    • A background check, drug and alcohol screening will be performed as a part of the process.
    • Prospective candidates should also be prepared for a physical requirement check.
    • RACOs must be able to lift at least 70 pounds and sometimes in excess of 70 pounds.

    Please complete a regular City Application located at: http://per.lacity.org/application.pdf and mail it to: RACO Program, LA Animal Services, 221 N. Figueroa St., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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