Volunteers are the heart of our organization - we could not to this work without them!
With the dedication of our volunteers, the SPCA of Solano County is able to maintain high quality care of the animals and continue its life saving work. If you love animals and would like to make a difference in their lives, we would love for you to join our team of dedicated volunteers.
The SPCA of Solano county has a variety of volunteer opportunities for volunteers 18 years and older. There are many ways you can help at the SPCA and there is a place for everyone. From helping with the animals to landscaping and special projects we try to fit each individual with a job that will suit their personality.
Your first step toward volunteer service is to attend an orientation class.
in the classroom building at the shelter (2200 Peabody Road, next to the prison in Vacaville). No registration is necessary. After orientation, if you decide to volunteer on a regular basis, there are four classes available (Cats 1, and Dogs Levels 1, 2 and 3). Cats 1 and Dogs 1 are required before working with those animals. The classes outline our program and insure that the animals have consistency in their training. Volunteers working with our dogs will help by providing socialization and training. Our cat volunteers help to socialize the cats and kittens making them comfortable being handled. There are many other tasks you can do at the shelter until you are able to take the dog and cat classes, which are scheduled multiple times through the year.
The orientation is free. If you decide to take the classes, there is a one-time $25 fee to offset the cost of your volunteer t-shirt, badge, and course materials for all classes. You don't have to take all the classes at once, just complete them within one year. Hope to see you soon!
We are also always on the lookout for people that are interested in fostering animals in their home. We have foster opportunities for young kittens and puppies as well as adult animals that may require special care or training.
Featured Volunteer of the Month
Lynn W. is a welcomed “Wednesday-Regular” volunteer at the Solano County SPCA. She started volunteering at the SPCA in January 2012. At the volunteer orientation she learned that, while volunteers were always needed to work with the animals, they also needed volunteers to help with other tasks . . . such as laundry. Lynn decided to let the younger people work directly with the animals and that she would happily take on the task of laundry on a weekly basis! As you might imagine, dirty towels and blankets and bedding accumulate quickly at the animal shelter. The staff and the animals are immensely grateful for Lynn’s very important contribution to the Solano SPCA!
Lynn and her husband live in the beautiful countryside of Vacaville with cats, a dog, chickens, Guinea hens, bunnies, ducks and a goose. When she retired, she decided she wanted to spend some time “giving back” by volunteering in the community. In addition to her work at the SPCA, Lynn also volunteers at the Bird Rescue Center in Cordelia. It is from the Bird Rescue Center that she got her ducks and goose. Lynn loves all animals, but has a special place in her heart for bunnies, guinea birds and our fine feathered friends! She wanted me to know that she and her husband don’t eat ANY of their animals . . . they are all beloved pets :-)
In talking about Lynn’s work at the Solano SPCA specifically, she says it is wonderful to work with people who all get along and are working together toward a common goal: the welfare of the animals at the SPCA. She sees many dedicated staff, volunteers and community members working together who share this goal. As a result, a sense of “family” and friendship develops.
Lynn sees a great deal of support from the community in terms of time, money and support of fundraisers for projects such as the upcoming Spay and Neuter Clinic, and believes this as a sign of a good community.
When asked how she would describe herself, Lynn admitted being uncomfortable having any spotlight on her . . . and even being interviewed. She enjoys working quietly, without any fanfare. She tries to get along with everyone as she believes positive and happy relationships and friendships are more important than anything else one can get out of a work experience. That being said, she says that the 4 or 5 hours she spends at the SPCA every Wednesday is something she looks forward to. It is the “high point of her week.” The Solano SPCA is very fortunate to have Lynn give of her time in such a selfless and compassionate way. She is a very special part of the mission of the Solano SPCA.