Due to COVID-19 we are conducting one-to-one training for fosters. If you are interested in fostering please contact us at 209. 420.2482 or Staff will respond asap. At this time we don’t know when we will be allowed to have volunteers assisting us at the shelter and offsite events. Sign up for email and be the first to know when volunteer opportunities open up. Stay safe and healthy!


APL volunteers make the world a better place for more than 11,000 dogs and cats that come into Stockton Animal Shelter every year. We need your time, talent and skills! Join us in our mission to provide animals, in Stockton and San Joaquin County, a second chance at a happy life.

Activities may include: General shelter assistance such as laundry, kennel and cage cleaning, washing dog dishes and toys, providing enrichment and assistance with adoptions, assisting at off-site adoptions, and administrative support. Perhaps you have a skill or talent that we don’t even know we need.


  • Volunteers must be 18 to work at the shelter
  • Volunteers 13-18 with parent/guardian consent will be allowed to assist at off-site adoption events and other opportunities outside the shelter.
  • To volunteer please complete our volunteer application, then scan and email to
  • You may also submit in person, or by mail to Stockton Animal Shelter located at 1575 S. Lincoln St., Stockton CA 95206  
  • A volunteer coordinator will contact you.

Doggie Day Trip

Take a few hours to relax and enjoy the company of a furry side-kick. It’s good for you, and it’s great for them. You can take a dog out from 1 hour to all day. Your day out can include a hike, a trip to the beach, or even to a dog-friendly restaurant. These outings help the dogs manage kennel stress, burn off energy, and get more exposure in the community, all of which increase their odds of finding a great home. Just a few hours of your time could change the course of their life… and maybe yours!

What’s required: 

What’s provided:

  • Harness or collar, and space leash
  • Collapsible water bowl
  • Bottle of water
  • Dog treats
  • Disposable poop bags

For more info call 209.937.5410 or email


When you foster a dog, you’re helping to save a life, providing them with socialization opportunities, and providing relief from kennel stress, which makes them more adoptable. Fostering is perfect for those that are unable to have a long-term pet. Dogs available for foster are typically large dogs or have special needs. Foster agreements are generally for 3 months, but may be shorter if the dog finds an adoptive home. We ask that each foster share their foster journey, in person or through social media, to help find an adoptive home for the dog they are fostering. If you think you might be interested in fostering or have more questions, please contact us:  209. 420.2482 or

What’s Required:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Resident animals MUST be current on vaccinations
  • Must abide by requirements of Large-Dog Foster contract
  • Safe, healthy environment, with 6’ fences to prevent dog from escaping
  • Ability to bring foster dog into the shelter for vaccines and/or medical appointments
  • Ability to administer medications to foster, if needed
  • Volunteer Application & Waiver 
  • Large-Dog Foster Agreement 
  • Read our Foster Handbook for full details on fostering an adult dog 

What’s Provided:

  • Food, if needed
  • Harness, collar and leash
  • Wire crate

Underage Foster (Bottle Babies)

Bottle-fed kittens or puppies require additional training. Bottle feeding every few hours is a lot of work, and it’s not for everybody. We have tremendous appreciation for the few, dedicated souls that give so generously! Our Fosters are these puppy’s and kitten’s final hope. Check out our guidelines for Underage Fosters and see if it’s right for you.

For complete information, download and read our foster manuals:

What’s Required:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Resident animals MUST be current on vaccinations
  • Must abide by requirements in Underage Foster contract
  • Safe, healthy environment, separate from resident animals
  • Ability to bring fosters into the shelter for vaccines and/or medical appointments
  • Ability to administer medications to fosters, if needed
  • Signed Volunteer Application & Waiver, and Foster Agreement

What’s Provided:

  • Food and/or formula
  • Bottles and other supplies
  • Warming disks and blankets
  • Litter or puppy pads
  • Crates
  • Medicines/medical treatment/vaccines, if necessary