We would like to thank you for your dedication to making San Antonio a No Kill city.
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Marketing / Development Team
151 – Building 1 Team
PetSmart Charities Adoption Center
- Puppy Wrangler
- Match Maker
- Love on A Leash
- Paws Pals
- Critter Cupid
- Kitten Cuddler
- Down -n-Dirty Dawg Team
- Foster Events Team
- Foster Marketing
Petco Ingram Team
Medical Department / Kitten Nursery
- Vet Tech Asst.
- Parvo Ward Asst.
- Dog & Kennel Attendant
- Dog Walker
- Neonatal Bottle Feeder
Our organization could not exist without volunteers. As a private, nonprofit organization, we rely on the assistance of caring and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs.
To Register as a volunteer:
- We welcome individuals 12 years of age on up
- Become a member, which includes signing a Volunteer Agreement and a Release of Liability Waiver
- Attend an orientation session
- Once you have completed your membership, you will be able to register for orientation with your new volunteer account.
- Complete a City of San Antonio Volunteer Security Background Check
- Minors 16 – 17
- Provide a Release of Liability Waiver after youth and parent have attended volunteer orientation (youth and parent must each submit an individual online application)
- Children age 12 to 15
- Be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian
- Provide a Release of Liability Waiver after youth and parent have attended volunteer orientation
- Attend position specific training sessions as required by SAPA!
- Possess a valid Texas driver’s license, if driving an SAPA! vehicle or personal vehicle for SAPA! animal transport
Please complete our Membership Application prior to attending orientation. After submitting the application, you will receive an email with more information.
Once you have completed your volunteer application, you may register for orientation with your new volunteer account. At orientation, we go over the goals and policies of the organization, as well as explaining volunteer opportunities. We will ask for your completed City of San Antonio Volunteer Security Background Check at orientation. If at all possible, please fill it out and bring it with you. It may take up to 2 weeks for the background check to be returned. We will alert you when your background check has cleared and you may begin volunteering.
There is a $20.00 fee to be paid at orientation that covers the cost of your San Antonio Pets Alive! t-shirt and training materials.
Orientation will be held in the Annex Building of the Animal Care Services facility located on Hwy 151, next to the San Antonio Food Bank.
Thank you for supporting San Antonio Pets Alive! We can always use help around our facilities on various projects, let us know the dates and times you are requesting for your group!
Here’s how one-time Group Volunteering works at SAPA!:
- At this time, we are only able to take groups of 10 or less for 2-3 hour shifts.
- We ask that groups support SAPA! by donating the supplies needed to participate in the task(s) they are assigned to. These items may include things like: peanut butter, dog treats, cat litter, bleach, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, dish soap, towels/blankets, etc.
- Volunteer Groups fill up FAST and operate on a first come, first served basis. Hosting calendars are created on a monthly basis and we do our best to accommodate every group, but due to staff and volunteer bandwidth – sometimes that’s just not possible. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility. As always, we are happy help you run your own supply or donation drive to support SAPA!
- At San Antonio Pets Alive! we rely on our volunteers. So, we ask that groups commit to their scheduled volunteer shift, and give a minimum of 48 hours notice if there will be a cancellation. Groups that fail to provide notice will be asked to support SAPA! by attending our scheduled orientations and through fundraising or supply drives.
- Every temporary volunteer must complete and sign the SAPA! Short Term Volunteer Agreement before they will be allowed to volunteer. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. These waivers can be sent prior to your shift and you can bring them on the day of your scheduled shift. For multiple shifts, each shift date must be written on the form.
- Volunteer Groups will be limted to handling dogs in the same capacity as a fully oriented and trained volunteer. They are asked to help by interacting with the cats and by doing other jobs and tasks around the center. These include but are not limited to: laundry, kong stuffing, general cleaning, gardening, painting, donation sorting, general handiwork, treat bin filling and bowl washing.
- For anyone interested in long-term, multiple volunteering shifts (more than once per quarter),: attending one of our general orientation sessions.
ANNOUNCEMENT: SAPA! is in desperate need of fosters this winter! Fosters get to choose when and what pet they take home, so the fit is perfect for them. We have dogs and cats that meet most types of lifestyles and living quarters! A typical foster has their temporary pet for around 4 weeks, but we also have use for shorter and longer timelines. Fostering is a great way to earn community service hours for schools and clubs too. Interested? Learn more at the Foster page or fill out the Foster Application. Can’t foster? Getting the word out is just as helpful – so pass this info along and help save a life!
SAPA! Volunteer Groups Coordinator
Please complete a Group Volunteer Application and someone from our Group Volunteer Team will be in touch with you soon!
Already a Volunteer?
We always have a need for greeters, kennel attendants, adoption counselor assistants, and dog walkers at our facilities. Log into your account to register for shifts or training!
Dog Walking 101
Dog Walking 101 is our training session for all volunteers looking to walk or socialize with any of our on-site dogs. It is normally held immediately following Volunteer Orientation. We cannot guarantee that this training will be held after every orientation, as it depends on the trainer’s availability. This training will focus on three primary skills:
- Body language; How to properly read and describe a dog’s body language
- Safety: How to safely interact with all of our on-site animals
- Proper utilization of tools/equipment ( leashes, collars, harnesses )
You can register for Dog Walking 101 through your volunteer account.
Orphaned Kitten Feeders
Want to help care for orphaned kittens in our neonatal nursery? Our nursery cares for approx 100 kittens and mom cats at any one time, and they require around the clock bottle feeding and care. Our nursery is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, if we don’t have enough volunteers to feed the kittens we can’t rescue them from the shelter. Nursery volunteers can sign up for shifts any time of the day or week, and we literally need hundreds of volunteers to keep the nursery running! Check out the nursery page for more information.
Provide temporary care for cats or dogs in your home until they can be adopted. If you are interested in fostering, please fill out a Foster Care Volunteer Application. See our Foster page for more information.
Our organization is completely dependent on donations. This committee assists in finding individual and business sponsors; researching and writing grants; overseeing donor recognition; developing and assisting with fundraising events.
Answer emails from the public one day a week to help them re-home their pet instead of taking it to Animal Care Services. This is another opportunity that can be done from home at a computer with internet access. Help educate the public on other methods of rehoming their pets to avoid surrendering them to the shelter. Check out the PASS page for more information!