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Celebrate International Volunteer Day by Volunteering with Michelson Found Animals

Woman in blue t-shirt with two dogs

International Volunteer Day is December 5th. Why not celebrate the occasion by volunteering with Michelson Found Animals?

We have a tireless and knowledgeable staff, but Michelson Found Animals truly thrives thanks to the generosity of our volunteers. The volunteering program has logged nearly 252,000 volunteer hours to date and these animal devotees do so much for us across our entire organization. It’s rewarding work – spending time with pets and fellow pet enthusiasts – but boy is it A LOT of work. Thank goodness we have almost 1,000 volunteers to help us out!

So you want to learn more? We have a number of locations in need of volunteers! No matter your skillset, there’s a place for you at Michelson Found Animals.

Adopt & Shop Culver City

Our stores have no shortage of work to do, but it sure is easy coming to work when you’re surrounded by cute pups and kittens. And your coworkers all love animals just as much as you do! At our stores you can help:

  • Care for our adoptables – feeding animals, walking dogs and cleaning their living spaces.
  • Socialize the animals. Run playgroups so they learn to play nice with others.
  • Photograph and take videos of the animals for our website.

Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic

Our mobile clinic offers low-cost spay and neuter services to the public – and does it all on wheels! We need assistance with:

  • Client check-ins and check-outs.
  • Walking customers through paperwork.
  • Fielding questions from the public.
  • Prepping medical supplies.


We are always looking for more people to be short-term pet parents. We have litters of kittens too young and small for adoption and dogs who need homes before they find their furever families. All you need is to make a commitment for 3-4 weeks, spend 2 hours a day with the animals and have all the necessary supplies and transportation.


Our office location could also use a hand! This is where a lot of the behind-the-scenes magic happens. We need help with our front desk, marketing, Michelson Prizes & Grants, microchipping initiatives and Spay4LA Mobile Clinics. So whether you’re a design guru, administrative whiz or copywriting connoisseur, there’s a place for you at our headquarters.

Does volunteering with us sound right up your alley? Awesome! Apply here.

The requirements are simple:

  • Commit to at least 3 months of service.
  • Volunteer more than 8 hours each month.
  • Be at least 14 years of age.
  • Love animals (duh).

100-Hour Challenge

We recently wrapped up our 100-Hour Challenge. We challenged our volunteers to log at least 100 hours in 13 weeks. This year 28 volunteers successfully completed the Challenge. That’s double the number from last year! Each of those volunteers will receive an exclusive 100-Hour Challenge hoodie and certificate and will be entered into a drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card. Thank you and congratulations to all the participants!

So happy International Volunteer Day! We look forward to receiving your volunteer application!

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