Volunteering & Fostering

If you're not ready to commit to adopting an animal, you can still contribute the shelter's mission by volunteering in the shelter or fostering an animal in need of a temporary home!

Volunteering at the Shelter

Want to walk dogs? Cuddle cats? Help the shelter?

We'd love to have you join our dedicated team of volunteers!

Here's how to get involved:

  1. Register as a volunteer with the City of Pasadena.
  2. Attend one of two monthly volunteer orientation sessions at the shelter.
  3. Put in five hours of general service at the shelter.
  4. Participate in five hours of supervised/mentored work with animals.
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Fostering an Animal

Fostering a shelter pet is a rewarding, unique experience that provides a taste of pet ownership without the long-term commitment.


To foster, you need to:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have your personal pets vaccinated
  • Not be (currently) fostering for any other shelters or rescues

Our Needs

We're often in need of fosters for:

  • Pets with behavioral needs: Some pets have never experienced kindness. They often need a few weeks with a gentle foster to learn that being with people can be a positive thing. Other pets become stressed at the shelter, and a foster home can provide a much-needed break.
  • Sick and injured pets: Pasadena Animal Shelter is an open admission, municipal shelter, so we often take in animals that are too ill to go up for adoption. Some of them need a quiet place to recover.
  • Young pets: We often receive mama cats and dogs and their litters of kittens and puppies. The shelter environment is too challenging for such babies and their fragile immune systems. Sometimes babies just need a couple of weeks to grow, while others may need a few months.

Learn More & Apply

Find more information about fostering in our Foster Handbook (PDF). If you feel ready to foster an animal in need, download the Foster Application (PDF).