Volunteer with HSVC

We have hired a new Volunteer Coordinator! Please join us in welcoming Astrid Derringer into her new role and note that volunteer orientations are paused at this time as she settles in. We appreciate your patience!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the Humane Society of Ventura County! Please fill out the interest form on this page to receive more information about our volunteer program. Please note that this form is NOT a volunteer application. Volunteer applications are to be filled out in person at the shelter during volunteer orientation.

As a private, non-profit organization that does not receive funding from the government or national animal welfare organizations like HSUS or ASPCA, we depend on people like you who selflessly give their time to the animals and the programs that support them. Becoming a volunteer with HSVC is both a great responsibility and a privilege. We (both shelter staff and volunteers) pride ourselves on our outstanding care of animals and expect the same from incoming team members. But don't worry! We will provide all the training you will need to make this experience "pawsitive" for you and the animals!

Any questions regarding the HSVC Volunteer Program should be directed to our Volunteer Coordinator, Astrid Derringer. She can be reached at [email protected] or 805-646-6505.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

If you are interested in participating in the HSVC Volunteer Program, please fill out the interest form on this page. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you directly 1-3 day after submitting the form. Please note this form is NOT a volunteer application.

Junior Volunteers aged 10-15 may volunteer with a parent present. General volunteers aged 16 and up may volunteer unaccompanied.

HSVC Animal Ambassadors are our most experienced volunteers. They have achieved their status after a long history of volunteering at the Shelter and by receiving additional training. Animal Ambassadors can be identified by their teal-colored volunteer shirts.

If you are interested in becoming an Animal Ambassador, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

For those interested in the HSVC Foster Program, visit our Foster Page and submit an interest form. 

Yes! The HSVC is now open to the public for walkthroughs to visit the animals. We are open Monday - Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and we are located at 402 Bryant St. in Ojai.

Will you volunteer?