Volunteer Opportunities


American Wildlife Foundation



Since its inception in 1998, the organization has treated more than 500 animals. The center is run by Dr. Janette Ackerman, who has a special interest in wildlife medicine and conservation biology. There are many volunteer opportunities.

Cascades Raptor Center



The nonprofit organization has a nature center and wildlife hospital for birds of prey. It has worked with more than 2,500 birds in the past 17 years, returning nearly 1,300 back to the wild.

Cat Adoption Team



CAT is the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit, no-kill cat shelter. Volunteer opportunities include socializing cats one-on-one and helping at the organization’s various events.




Incorporated in 1989, the nonprofit provides care for approximately 700 each year. Volunteers admit and examine injured or orphaned wild animals to determining feeding protocols to administering medications, and more.


Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon


The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon provides donation-based spay/neuter clinics for free roaming cats in Oregon and SW Washington. FCCO has altered over 75,000 cats to date. For information on volunteer positions and requirements, please visit www.feralcats.com/volunteer.

Fences for Fido

Portland-based, with service around the state


The mission of the nonprofit organization is to improve the quality of life for dogs living outdoors by removing chains, building fences, providing shelters, offering spay/neuter, and raising awareness about the physical, mental and emotional needs of dogs.




NGOabroad is a unique service that provides frugal, customized international volunteer options and helps people enter international humanitarian work. Veterinarians are needed in post-conflict Uganda to help with pigs and dairy cows, specifically:

  • Training of farmers in animal health and management
  • Treatment of the dairy cows and pigs
  • Disease prevention and control measures
  • Artificial insemination of dairy cows
  • Pasture establishment
  • Feed conservation (silage making and hay making)
  • Manure making (compost, liquid manure)
  • Regular farm visits and carrying of on spot training
  • Milk testing
  • Farmer preparation before placement of animals
  • Carry out postmortem activities

This is a volunteer position. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. No end date. Visit the Web site for application information.

Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals (OFOSA)

Hillsboro-based, with service around the state


We provided a foster home to over 3000 medically fragile animals in 2009 and we expect to double that number this year with your help. We are an all volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All of your donations go directly to animal needs. We are making a difference one paw at a time. Surgery Clinics are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Walk-in clinic for our foster providers are held 7 days per week. Veterinary and technician experience is needed with half-day or full-day shifts available.

PAVE: Paws Assisting Veterans


PAVE is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to training service dogs for veterans with mental and/or physical disabilities and to advance public knowledge of service dogs and the essential roles they play. Volunteers needed for fundraising, puppy raising, and other roles, as well as clinics and veterinarians who are able to offer free or reduced services for puppies in training.


PAW Team



PAW conducts up to six “street” clinics each year, caring for an average of 70 animals at each clinic. This includes, among other treatment, vaccinations, dewormings, and appropriate flea and heartworm medications. More in-depth care is provided in cooperation with local veterinary practices. The nonprofit was started by Dr. Larry Sams and others in 2004.




The nonprofit organization serves pets of people who are homeless in LaneCounty. Pro-Bone-O clinics serve the community with free veterinary care, pet food and supplies. This includes vaccinations, as well as flea, skin, ear and wound treatment.

Sign up to volunteer for 2018 clinic dates.

Rowena Wildlife Clinic

The Dalles

The clinic, founded in 1990, provides veterinary care and treatment to injured wildlife as well as shelter animals. It was established by Dr. Jean Cypher.

Virginia Woof Dog Daycare (A Division of Outside In)



Outside In helps homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. Virginia Woof Dog Daycare is a nationally-recognized job training program for Outside In’s clients. We are looking for volunteers to assist with a variety of duties including registering dog clients, tending to the welfare of the dogs, picking up after the dogs, answering questions for customers and assisting with dog activities. For a complete position description and a volunteer application, please go to www.outsidein.org/volunteer.htm

Updated: 2017-11-01 07:00:00

Note: The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association is neither responsible for, nor specifically endorses the content of, these Web sites or these volunteer opportunities, but offers these links as a courtesy. If you have specific questions or concerns about any of these programs, please them directly.