Volunteer with Best Friends Los Angeles                                      


We’re so thrilled you’re interested in volunteering with Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles. We rely on hundreds of dedicated volunteers year-round to help Save Them All. 


Our current available volunteer opportunities are as follows: 


Onsite at our Mission Hills Lifesaving Center 

Best Friends Lifesaving Center - 15321 Brand Blvd. Mission Hills CA 91345 

  • Laundry 

    Laundry is a huge job for us here at the center. It takes a lot of blankets, towels, and beds to keep our animal residents cozy and comfortable. This shift involves ensuring that both laundry machines are running, any bedding is folded and placed in their appropriate areas, any toys are placed in their cat/dog bins, and that the laundry room itself is organized and kept tidy. 
  • Lifesaving General Assistance 

    Help the lifesaving team get animals into homes! During the shift volunteers will help the adoptions and foster teams with preparing and collecting supplies for foster/adoptive parents 
  • Monthly Clean Up Days 

    Let your Saturday go to “waste!” Help us keep our Lifesaving Center looking beautiful! Volunteers in this shift will walk around the building to pick up litter and debris. We will provide grabbers, trash bags, and gloves. Double hours for community service volunteers!!! 


Virtual Volunteer Opportunities 

Click to read each position description. 





Other ways you can help 

Foster: If you love pets but can’t adopt, you can help by fostering a pet! To read more about our foster program and apply to be a fosterclick here. 


Donate/Fundraise: Calling all scout troops, students needing community service hours, or just anyone who loves animals and wants to provide them with enrichment! We have various DIY projects like Cat Wands and Dog Rope Toys that you can make for the animals. You can also organize a fundraiser using our Amazon Wishlist! If you are interested in this, please email volunteerLA@bestfriends.org for more details. 



How to get started: 

If you are interested in any of the above available opportunities, please follow these steps to create your volunteer profile and schedule a First Day Training: 

  1. Visit volunteers.bestfriends.org. 
  2. Select "Start Volunteering" and be sure to check off the path for Los Angeles (if under 18 select "Los Angeles Under 18" pathway). 
  3. Follow the steps to fully activate your volunteer account (filling out a volunteer profile and signing the electronic volunteer agreements).
  4. You will receive an automated email after profile completion with details about volunteer opportunities along with sign up instructions.  


Are you a previous volunteer with Best Friends? 

If you've volunteered with Best Friends before (at the Sanctuary or with our other program cities) you probably have a volunteer profile already! 

All you need to do to get started is email volunteerLA@bestfriends.org and we'll set up your account so that you can view and sign up for LA volunteer opportunities.  


Requirements for all LA Programs: 

  • Active volunteers are asked to commit to two shifts a month. 
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Please note that depending on the opportunity, minimum age may vary.   

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the volunteer department at volunteerLA@bestfriends.org. Thank you again for caring for and giving your time to homeless pets. Together, we can Save Them All.