Volunteer with us! It’s a great way to make new friends while helping homeless animals find new homes. Whether you’re new to town, retired, a student, or just an animal lover with extra love to give, one of our programs can use your help. There are so many ways you can share in the fun and rewarding work of caring for animals. Weekday, weekend, day or evening, even from your computer you can commit to as little or as much time as fits your schedule – we always appreciate any help!

Sante D'Or volunteer

Santé D’Or is proud to have rescued and placed hundreds of cats and dogs (as well as rabbits and even a few chickens!) in caring new homes. Since moving to our new space in charming Atwater Village in early 2007, we have been able to increase our size and our hours of operation – and that means we need more help! There are always plenty of kittens, cats, rabbits and dogs who need socializing, grooming, and just plain affection.

Want to help an animal? We have many volunteer opportunities available (see below), or you can just stop by the adoption center to watch us in action and see if volunteering is for you!

Fill-out our volunteer application below & email it or contact us.

Volunteer Registration Form


volunteer opportunity
A foster family picking up some kittens for temporary care in their home.

There are so many animals that need to recover from illness, neglect or mistreatment before they can go to permanent homes. To speed the recuperation process, we try to place them into caring real-life temporary home environments, to “foster” their adjustment and development.

Sometimes we have to turn away animals just because we are overcrowded. Our space constraints mean we especially need foster homes for cats and dogs during the week.

By fostering, you not only experience the fun and gratification of an animal companion without a lifelong commitment, you also give us the chance to rescue more animals. We cover all expenses, including food, litter, cages and medical care; you provide the love and attention. Come talk to us about your circumstances: these placements can be as short as a week or as long as until adoption, as the foster family sees fit. Stop by and see if any of our critters are right for you.

If you need assistance with a lost or stray animal you have found, please contact us by calling (323) 898-8889 or email us at
info@santedor.com. Information will be obtained regarding the animal needing placement.

At this time, we are only able to maintain a limited number of animals and still meet standards of health and care. Regrettably, we are unable to accept aggressive dogs or animals with communicable health conditions.

Another option, if the animal may stay with you in the short term, is fostering: you need only bring the animal for adoption days on Saturdays and Sundays and care for him or her during the week until adoption is achieved.

Adoption Center Volunteer

You could help us feed, pet and groom animals, clean cages, and learn more about animal rescue operations. You can schedule a regular shift by the week or month, or just show up when you have time!

Weekend Adoption Center Counselors

You can help us place our animals in loving homes by volunteering Friday, Saturday or Sunday when our adoption center is open to the public. Adoption counselors are responsible for greeting the public in a warm friendly manner and helping to make a match between an animal and the adoptive family. With so many animals, each one has a different personality and need. The same goes for human families! You can help make sure that each animal is placed into the proper home and help educate adopters about what to expect from the adoption experience.

Community Outreach & Event Support

To provide more ways to find homes for our animals, we also bring them to community outreach events at pet stores in the surrounding areas of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and Hollywood. You can help by joining our busy event outreach effort.

Junior Volunteer

As a junior volunteer, you have have the opportunity to help us at the adoption center working with the animals, participating on adoption events, fundraisers and general community outreach. School credit available.


The best way to help animals find a home is to get their photos and biographies online! If you have a passion for taking photos, digital camera equipment, and would like to snap cute pictures of adorable kittens, puppies, cats and dogs, then this is for you!

Operations Assistant

Our adoption records must continually be kept organized and up to date. If you have skills with Excel or other online tools, this is an ongoing project we always need help with.

Graphic Designer

As an ever-growing organization, Santé D’Or could use the services of a graphic designer to help us maintain our website as well as to develop brochures, flyers, and all sorts of printed materials for special events.

General Handy-person

Santé D’Or rents our space and we always need skilled help to keep our center looking and functioning at it’s best. If you have some power tools and free time, we would love to have you on our list of folks we can call! Every penny saved on labor & material costs help us rescue more animals!

Vet and Vet Technician

With so many animals rescued on a weekly basis, it isn’t uncommon for us to find animals who urgently need medical attention. Although we already work with local veterinarians, if you are (or know of) a veterinarian who can volunteer some hours, we can always use more veterinary help. And if you know of a source for medical supplies, we certainly appreciate discounts or any other support help available!

Virtual Promotion

Our animals need as much exposure as they can get to find that perfect home and by helping us promote on Facebook, and sharing our fundraising efforts you can make a real difference in the life of an animal.