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Read below for Pup Plaza volunteer opportunities. Learn more about volunteering with Silicon Valley Pet Project here.


Adoption events coordinator

Responsibilities: Coordinate with partners and foster parents for adoption events at venues in San Jose and surrounding cities. Responsibilities also include posting adoption events on, SVPP website, Facebook and notification to Community Outreach and Social Media Coordinators of events to publicize. Updates internal database (Rescuegroups.org) regarding attendance of pets at each event.

Requirements: Coordinator should have a solid working knowledge of Silicon Valley Pet Project; its history, mission, and procedures. Strong organizational and customer service skills.

Time Commitment: Time Commitment varies depending on the calendar of Adoption Events.


Adoption events support (Dog & Kitten)

Responsibilities: Provide support on the day of the adoption event, including caring for the pets at the event (potty breaks for dogs, kitten care). Assist with set up and break down of space, including required signage. Greet the public and provide assistance in answering their questions about Silicon Valley Pet Project, Pup Plaza, fostering, etc.

Requirements: Animal handling skills and/or great customer service skills. Knowledge of  Silicon Valley Pet Project; its history, mission, and procedures. 

Time Commitment: Time Commitment varies depending on the calendar of Adoption Events.


Events Planner

Responsibilities: Coordinate and supervise the volunteers in planning adoption, fundraising and special events such as booths at local festivals and community events to promote SVPP's message and community participation.

Requirements: Strong organizational and supervisory skills, enjoy working with people and pets, prior event planning experience preferred

Time Commitment: 10-15 hrs/month

Multiple openings


Events Support

Responsibilities: Assist in the planning and/or day of fundraising and/or special events such as booths at local festivals and community events to promote SVPP's message and community participation.

Requirements: Enjoy working with people and pets and knowledge of Silicon Valley Pet Project; its history, mission, and procedures.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hrs/month

Multiple openings


Dog DaY Out Transport Driver

As a Transport Driver, you will pick up shelter dogs from the SJ Animal Care Center and deliver them to our Pup Plaza location in the morning and return the dogs in the afternoon. The Transport Driver ensures proper paperwork is collected on the morning run and returned with the dogs on the afternoon run. Crates are provided by the shelter, ensure that all crates to ensure they are properly closed on all sides and secured safely in vehicle. Valid CA Driver’s License required, & transport vehicle must have adequate space for crates.


Dog Day Out Volunteer

Flexibility working with various sizes and types of dogs, walking on leash. As a part of a team, work together in releasing dogs from their crates, harness, leash and supervise them as they acclimate to the area. Requirements: Able to lift up to 20-pound dog, comfortable with high energy dogs, dogs that pull on leash or that have no leash training. Engage with dogs in all approved activities, walking, light training and play, limited treats.


Dog Day Out PHotographer

Capture photos of dogs (with and without volunteers) for marketing, promotion and social media purposes. Training or experience in photography preferred, experience with digital editing tools a big plus.