Volunteer with SNAP

Our efforts are dependent on the good will and talents of our volunteers. Are you an animal lover and want to help? There are many things you can do: participate at local events, help out on the Neuter Scooter, organize fundraisers, spread the word, or assist us with special projects... whatever your time allows and your talents permit.

SNAP welcomes volunteers of all ages. Volunteers under 18 can help at our EVENTS ONLY. Sorry, no clinic volunteers under 18. Volunteers under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 12-18 year olds being dropped off to volunteer must check in with the event's lead volunteer or a staff member before getting started. Separate rules may apply for some of our events. For example, volunteers under 18 who help at our adoption days must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

SNAP welcomes Community Service Volunteers. Some restrictions apply. If you need community service hours, please email Dorell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information: how many hours you need and by what date, and whether you need your hours for school, work, or court. Thank you!

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SNAP helpers basically come in two "flavors:" Event Volunteers and Clinic Volunteers. Some help with both, but most volunteers find they prefer one or the other.

In addition to event & clinic helpers, we have volunteers who help answer the phones, create artwork, transport items, organize their own fundraisers to benefit SNAP, etc. If you have a special talent you think we could use, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Dorell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Here's some info about what you can do to help make our events & clinics a success:


Info Booths at Community Events: SNAP is present at community events all over the county, like Paws in the Park, Earth Faire, Spring Valley FIESTA,  Encinitas Pet Health Expo to name a few. Volunteers educate the public about spay/neuter, and pass out information on where pets can get fixed for less. 

Adoption Events: The last Saturday of each month, SNAP holds an adoption day at Muttropolis in La Jolla. Volunteers walk the dogs on Girard Avenue, to show them off to the public and hopefully help get them adopted. We also host events at various Petco's and coffee shops!  From time to time we have adoptable dogs at some of our outreach or fundraising events so keep your eyes open for opportunities to work with adoptable dogs!

Parades: SNAP participates in parades such as the Oceanside Freedom Days Parade, San Diego Pride, and La Jolla Christmas (Christmas) Parade. Parades are a great way to reach lots of people with a friendly reminder to spay & neuter their pets. Volunteers help decorate the contingent, and walk in the parade. Friendly dogs are welcome!

Foster an animal:Being a foster parent is one of the most personal ways you can make a difference - you will truly be saving a life. Many people hesitate because they are convinced they will become too attached to their charges. This is not necessarily true - being a foster parent is like being a grandparent. Finding a loving home for your foster pet is incredibly rewarding, and also sometimes nice when your house quiets down for a while until you decide you are ready for the next foster pet. If you would like to foster for SNAP, please complete the SNAP Foster Application and email back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Big SNAP Fundraisers: SNAP's annual fundraisers include Bowling for the Animals in October, the La Jolla Precious Pooch Contest in May, and the Rummage Sale in September.  Volunteers help with planning & preparation of these events, and of course they pitch in at the event! From planning, spreading the word, gathering donations, setting up, and helping with registration to serving food or simply making event visitors feel welcome, there's lots to do for volunteers of all ages & experience levels. 


SNAP is most recognized by the first mobile spay/neuter clinics in San Diegop County. The 2 Neuter Scooters travel around the county, bringing affordable spay/neuter where it's most needed. Clinics take place both on weekdays and weekends. There are approx. 15-20 clinics per month. Regular clinic locations include East San Diego, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Otay Mesa, Mira Mesa, Escondido, Oceanside, and Ramona.  We can also be found in other areas (check out the current clinic schedule HERE or dates and locations). Volunteers help with set-up, registration paperwork, answering questions, and laundry. Clinic volunteers do NOT help with the actual spay/neuter procedures, and don't typically handle animals. Weekday shift times are 6:30am-9am / 9am-noon / noon-3pm. Weekend shift times are 7:30am-9:30am / 9:30am - 12:30pm / 12:30pm-3:30pm.

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If you're ready to get started, please sign up for our Volunteer Newsletter. You will be asked to fill in some information about yourself. Once you are signed up, you will receive a confirmation request. Just click "Confirm Subscription" and you're done. We look forward to hearing from you. With your help, it will soon be a SNAP to have animals spayed or neutered in our county!


Local Magazine Article on "Friends of SNAP" HERE


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