Volunteer Opportunities:

We rely entirely upon volunteers to help as many animals as possible!

Besides fostering or adopting an animal in need, there are many other ways in which you can make a meaningful contribution.

Opportunities include:

  • Inside The Cattery
  • Fundraising
  • Transport Adoptable Animals
  • Staff Cat Adoption Events
  • Staff Dog Adoption Events
  • Staff Booth at Community Events

More detailed descriptions of the roles are in the right column

Each prospective volunteer is required to complete and submit a volunteer application form and please indicate your areas of interest. We make every effort to find a position that matches an individual’s interests, skills, and availability.

Online Adult Volunteer form

Online Junior Volunteer Form

Download Adult Volunteer application

Download Junior Volunteer Application

For more information contact us at [email protected] or 949-388-0034

Volunteer Role Descriptions:

The Cattery

Volunteers help inside The Cattery at the San Juan PetSmart two times a day, one am shift (between 8-10am), and one pm shift (between 5-8pm).
Tasks include removing the cats from the cages, cleaning cages, litter etc, providing food, and playing with cats. Training is provided and we are in need of both regularly scheduled volunteers and substitutes.

Data Entry / Scheduling

Updating The Ark's animal database, scheduling animal shots and spay and neuter appointments, bookkeeping.


Fundraising is a vital part of our organization as we receive no governmental funds. Serving as a member on the Fundraising Committee and assistance at Fundraising Events are both very needed.

Transport Adoptable Animals

Most often needed for to and from adoption events and veterinary appointments.

Staff Cat Adoption Events

Held on Saturdays and Sundays at The Cattery in the San Juan PetSmart, volunteers give out Ark information, allow potential adopters to interact with the cats, and answer questions. Training is provided.

Staff Dog Adoption Events

Held on Saturdays at various locations in San Juan. Volunteers set up, give out Ark information, answer questions, accept adoptive applications, and tear down at the end of the event. Training is provided and these events are vital to finding the animals homes.

Staff Booth at Community Events

The Ark participates in a number of community events, such as the San Juan Summer Nites concerts, Bark, Biscuit and Brew, Low cost spay and neuter clinics and so on. All of these need Ark representatives to promote our organization and provide information to the community.