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Spark Rescue is volunteer run and we can't save these animals without your help. Read about the volunteer opportunities available and when you're ready, please fill out our VOLUNTEER APPLICATION!


Pick from Multiple Volunteer Opportunities Below

Foster Families Needed

We are desperately seeking foster homes to temporarily house our rescues. We do give community service hours for High School Students of families that foster a dog in their home. For more information please visit our Foster page.

Foster Coordinator

We are looking for a volunteer to take the Foster Coordinator position as soon as possible
The Foster Coordinator duties are:

  • Review all foster applications, vet the information on the application, ask for and review photos/videos of backyard fencing, check with references. Approve or deny the applicant.
  • Work with the rescue coordinator getting information on new dogs coming to the rescue needing fosters.
  • Updating Spark Super Foster Facebook page with rescues who need foster homes as well as posting information useful for the fosters to know. Also posting to the main Facebook page for Spark Rescue.
  • Sending out an email to all the fosters with information on dogs in need of a foster home.
  • Supporting the fosters by answering their questions either by email, txt or phone.
  • Keeping records up to date if needed.
  • Attending occasional in person meetings.
  • Stepping in to help other areas on occasion when needed.

This position as all positions in the rescue can be very busy or moderately busy depending on how many foster applications come in and how many dogs and cats are in need of a foster home.

You set your own pace, work from your lap top and communicate with others primarily via txt. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering for this position or if you know of someone who would like to join our team.

Fundraising Helpers

Works closely in our community to solicit local businesses to donate to the fundraising event. The fundraising helper communicates with the key volunteers and foster families providing marketing materials to help spread the word on upcoming fundraising events. Fundraising helpers help setup, participates in and breakdown fundraising events. Fundraising Helpers assist the Fundraising Coordinator to ship or delivers prizes following the event.


Supplies and monetary donations are always appreciated. Check out this page for more information on ways to donate.

Volunteer at Events

We participate in several events in the community. Join us! Help us get the word out about the events on social media, your work, church, school . . . anywhere you meet up with people. We often need help at these events, especially for setting up and breaking down. Let us know you're available to pitch in.

Grant Writer

We are in need of an experienced grant writer who can help bring in vital grants to help with our costs.


We always need help with getting our pets to adoption events, vet visits, and other activities around Southern California. All you need is a reliable vehicle with room for a crate, current car insurance and a valid driver’s license. You also need to have an understanding of responsible and secure animal transport. ​

Social Media Coordinator

Share posts on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Nextdoor, etc.). When friends and family are looking to add a pet to their family, send them to us.

We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at Spark Rescue Santa Barbara! There are so many ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate each and every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our team and help to strengthen our operations. If you are unable to volunteer your time please consider making a monthly donation


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Spark Rescue

Spark Rescue Santa Barbara is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit charity animal rescue organization, founded in February 2014, in Santa Barbara, CA, by Susan Park.

We Provide:
  • Rescue of cats & dogs from kill shelters and from the streets of Southern California
  • Foster homes to provide our rescues with a loving temporary home.
  • Adoption of rescued pets to qualified homes that have been properly screened and counseled by our Adoption Coordinator.
  • Rehoming of pets that are surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them.
Our Mission

Our Mission is to bring adoptable homeless pets that have been abused, abandoned and overbred into our program for social rehabilitation and emotional recovery and re-home them to permanent, loving homes. We hope to educate the public to help end euthanasia in Santa Barbara and Southern California through spaying and neutering and by preventing backyard breeding.

Our Goal

Our Goal is to acquire land and have the ability to rescue and house as many animals as possible. We would like to offer a sanctuary where the animals will be free to roam and socialize, but still be in a family environment. We want a place where potential adopters can come visit our rescues and where volunteers can come together and give the rescues as much love and attention as possible.

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