PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT EVERY VOLUNTEER POSITION IS NOT AVAILABLE AT EVERY ORIENTATION.
Adoption counselors work very hard placing companion animals into permanent, loving and responsible homes. Duties may include: making a list of all animals available for adoption in the shelter; answering the phone; contacting people listed in the "Pet Preference" file; carefully reviewing adoption applications; showing animals to potential adopters; and counseling potential adopters on expectations, animal behavior, needs, etc. This position requires an extensive training program and a commitment of three hours per week.
Someone who is ready to work, this is a very labor intensive position to even volunteer for. The essential duties would be to work closely with one of our staff members to help ensure that all animals’ cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, and mice are getting a thoroughly cleaned kennel, fresh water, and fresh food, along with minimal TLC for the animals. Other duties that we could always use help with that are not as intense are doing laundry, loading the washer, dryer, and folding laundry. We could also use help with the endless amount of dirty dog dishes and cleaning our main kitchen area.
Our Wildlife Care Center needs extra assistance feeding and caring for baby birds during the busy season. We receive hundreds of wild birds from the counties of San Francisco and San Mateo as well as the South Bay who require our help to survive. In this unique opportunity to work directly with wildlife, volunteers will learn proper feeding techniques for baby birds and lend a hand with cleaning duties and general animal husbandry.
For more information on this program, please contact Larkin O'Tool at Lotoole@phs-spca.org.
You will take notes of the conversation, make sure the client has filled out the questionnaire, film part of the consultation when necessary, and follow the consultant instructions to handle another animal if needed.
To assist the Behavior Department with office duties and/or answer helpline calls. Helpline and clerical volunteers help file and organize department’s information, make phone calls, video-tape classes, retrieve messages from the Helpline, learn what details to include in the log notes and assist with the returning of helpline calls.
We have several options for those volunteers who prefer behind-the-scenes work without interaction with animals. You will be typing, stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, photocopying, filing, computer data entry, mailing educational materials to schools, and assembling media packets. Volunteers must have the ability to follow instructions and work independently. Typing and/or computer skills are helpful.
Volunteers will plan small, informal events (mixers, cocktail receptions, etc.) to help introduce PHS/SPCA to new audiences. Ideal volunteers must have existing contacts in the community – they will identify restaurant/bar managers, art gallery owners and other businesses willing to (a) host a small gathering to benefit the shelter and (b) invite their existing clients and customers to the event. These smaller events are not to compete in any way with PHS/SPCA’s major, annual fundraisers: our Auction/Gala, Mutt Strutt Dog Walk, Fashion Show and Critter Classic Golf Tourney. Volunteers will find businesses to host events, help publicize the event, work with PHS/SPCA’s Outreach Coordinator to create printed materials/signage for the event, and attend the event, helping with everything from set-up, greeting, nametags, and clean-up.
To assist the Development Department (Fundraising) with data entry, filing, mailing and other clerical duties. Volunteers must accurately enter information in the Development Database. Fold and stuff letters. File departmental documents and other assignments. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance in this position.
Dog of the Week volunteers will help assist the Behavior staff in evaluating shelter dogs through working on basic commands; observing their behaviors; and socializing with them. Volunteers work with the Behavior staff, reporting improvement or change in the shelter dog’s behavior.
Doggy Running Buddy volunteers will run dogs along various routes around the area. The goal of this position is to give dogs up for adoption increased physical exercise, which will help to alleviate their stress and boredom while here at PHS. They will focus on those dogs that require more physical exercise (i.e. pit bulls, hounds, terriers, etc.).
Volunteers assist at weekly evening dog training classes. It is the assistant's responsibility to observe each student during class and offer to help should questions or problems arise. Assistants must observe one full session of a class before they have direct contact with students and their dogs. Volunteers must have excellent communication skills, comfort working with both people and dogs, and a deep respect and understanding for dogs, as well as basic dog handling skills. Assistants must commit to at least one training class per week.
To stimulate the animals through novel sights, sounds and smells while in their kennels, allowing them to exercise choice and control over their environment and providing them with ways to engage in species-specific behavior. Volunteers will prepare, give out and clean various enrichment items for shelter dogs and cats and document your interaction with the animal.
The shelter often has birds, reptiles, and amphibians available for adoption. Volunteers will get the opportunity to handle these animals, learn about their specialized care, and assist with their daily husbandry.
The Foster Care Program is made up of those volunteers who offer temporary care for treatable companion animals during the period of time when they no longer require immediate veterinary supervision or behavioral evaluation at PHS/SPCA's shelter but are not yet ready for adoption. Each of our Foster Care Providers participates in an interview and training process that prepares them to bring a foster animal into their home. For more information on this program, please contact Larkin O'Tool at Lotoole@phs-spca.org.
There are two event committees that are always looking for new members. The first is our Golf Committee; they usually meet around 4pm once a month (except July and August) on Tuesday afternoons. This committee is responsible for helping to raise funds for our annual Critter Classic Golf Tournament. We ask these members to solicit contacts and businesses for cash sponsorships.
The second group is our Auxiliary Committee that meets the 4th Wednesday of every month (except November and December) at 10am*. The main function of the Auxiliary is to raise funds through our A Home for the Holidays gala ball & auction for our Hope Program. During the course of the year, Auxiliary volunteers solicit businesses for items that can be used in either our silent or live auction. They also invite friends, family and their colleagues to attend the gala. There is a $25 membership fee for active members to join this group.
*we are open to hosting afternoon/evening meetings if you are unable to attend this time.
Volunteers will welcome visitors to our Lantos Center for Compassion and address the questions and needs of the public as they enter the shelter, furnish them with relevant and specific information and point them in the right direction for assistance.
As a grooming/bathing volunteer, you will be cleaning, clipping, and any other tasks that will improve the appearance of shelter animals as well as the standard of life for them here at PHS/SPCA. Your main focus will be animals that are up for adoptions as well as animals that have not yet been cleared for adoption. Although adoptable animals will have priority, other animals will also be included. Staff will post a list of animals to be groomed before your volunteer shift and you will be expected to handle, clip, bath and complete whatever else may be necessary to ready them for adoption or improve their standard of living while up for adoption.
The Growly Dog Class volunteer will aid the Behavior Department and help determine the source of a dog’s reactivity (fear, aggression, frustration). Decrease reactivity in dog-reactive dogs by teaching behaviors that are incompatible with being reactive and assess rate of dog’s progress in order to determine whether the reactivity can be effectively managed by potential adopters
PHS/SPCA believes that attitudes can be positively influenced through education. As an Education Volunteer, your job will be to inform audiences (primarily children) about PHS services and heighten awareness of ways people can help animals. Our Education programs emphasize responsible pet care, respect for local wildlife, and compassion for all species. Volunteers usually specialize in one of the following areas: giving classroom presentations to school children (K-6); leading educational tours of our shelter; assisting with animal-related day camps and after-school programs. Humane Educators must be very reliable and communicate clearly and enthusiastically with both children and adults. Good judgment, a sense of humor, and a deep concern for the humane treatment of all animals are also essential. All volunteers provide their own transportation to and from scheduled programs.
Adults & Jr. Volunteers (16-17 year-olds; also available for 13-15 year-olds, but they must volunteer with a parent)
Please contact Volunteer Services at Volunteers@PHS-SPCA.org for more information.
Volunteers assist our Facilities Coordinator with a broad range of special projects to help maintain, expand, improve and beautify the shelter. You should have talents in one or more of the following areas: general construction skills, woodworking, painting, fencing, landscaping, flooring, welding, cement and block-work, electrical and plumbing. The time commitment will be determined on an individual basis depending on the work to be completed. Guidance, but no formal training will be provided.
This program is to promote successful, lifetime adoptions for our adoptable animals offsite. Volunteers work very hard placing companion animals into permanent, loving and responsible homes. Duties may include reviewing adoption applications, showing animals to potential adopters, assisting the public in selecting a companion animal and counseling potential adopters on expectations, animal behavior, needs, etc., and educating the public on responsible guardianship.
As a PHS/SPCA ambassador, you will be helping us share our mission and services with the community. Duties may include helping at a mobile adoption, assisting at one of our community clinics, or representing PHS/SPCA at an information table like the ones at street fairs, art & wine festivals and other major community events. Volunteers in this area must be able to promote PHS/SPCA and all our services by speaking with members of the public one-on-one. This position requires training and a commitment of helping at one event every other month.
Studies show that animals are good for our health. They lower our blood pressure, reduce stress and help us live longer. Volunteers and their pets in our Pet Assisted Therapy Program visit facilities such as hospitals and long-term care homes in San Mateo County to bring some joy and comfort to other people's lives and take part in our Reading to Dogs program, Paws For Tales in local libraries. Volunteers must be willing to work independently and along with their animals, be very comfortable with strangers, strange noises and objects such as wheel chairs, walkers, etc. Volunteers must attend our Canine Good Citizen Class (CGC) and pass the final evaluation along with a temperament evaluation and obtain a health certificate from their veterinarian to participate in this program. The CGC training class is offered several times a year by our Behavior Department. The commitment is at least two hours a month. more
Play group meets once a week. The volunteers assist the Behavior Department socialize shelter dogs and help teach them better dog social skills. Volunteer’s goals are to help make the dogs more adoptable. Volunteers must commit to at least one 60-minute class per week.
Volunteers help the Community Outreach Department promote the goals and objectives of PHS/SPCA by delivering shelter publications, such as our quarterly newsletter, Pawprint, throughout the community and monitoring the supply of publication materials. Volunteers commit to approximately two to six hours every other month. The schedule is flexible, but must fall within the business hours of the service location centers (libraries, pet supply stores, veterinary clinics, community centers, etc.). Volunteers must possess a valid California driver's license, have a clean driving record, and be able to provide their own vehicle.
The Puppy Pal volunteer will socialize puppies up to six months that are being housed at PHS/SPCA (in the back, not up for adoption). This is a critical 2-16 week time period where volunteer can offer much needed support so the puppies don’t miss out on socialization and good behavior skills.
Volunteers will assist customers and help them with purchases. They work with staff and other volunteers to keep the store attractive. Retired retail workers, artists, craftsmen and marketing volunteers help make the store successful in its mission to financially support programs and services at PHS/SPCA. This is a good position for a volunteer that loves animals, but may not be comfortable working with animals.
The Second Chance class is a twice weekly behavior class for shelter dogs. Volunteers train shelter dogs in basic commands, evaluate their behavior and socialize with them. Volunteers complete dog evaluation forms. The volunteer's goal should always be to make the dogs more adoptable. A deep respect for dogs and an interest in basic dog handling skills are prerequisites for this position. Volunteers must commit to at least one 60-minute class per week.
The Small Animal Volunteers at PHS/SPCA provide companionship, exercise, and socialization to the rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs housed at both our Intake and Adoption Facilities. As a small animal volunteer you will work hands on with the handling of the animals, letting them out to exercise and play, adding hay to kennels, spot cleaning kennels, providing toys and enrichment items, and assisting with water and feeding. For volunteers new to the small animal world you will have a chance to learn much about all sorts of fun critters. We are all about having fun and taking care to ensure our furry little friends get ready for adoption and stay happy and healthy while they are with us. New Small Animal Volunteers will have a chance to shadow our existing volunteers and staff, work independently or in a pair, and get on-the-job training for all things Small Animal related.
Volunteers provide assistance to the Spay and Neuter Clinic Receptionist and the public by scheduling surgery appointments; helping to educate people on pre- and post-surgical care for their animals; admitting and discharging animals to their guardians; assisting with the phone and paperwork of the clinic; filing shot clinic records and completing vaccination reminder cards. Volunteers should enjoy working with the public on the phone and in person and must have legible handwriting. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.
Your job is to provide assistance to the veterinarians, technicians and animal patients in the clinic by transporting animals to surgery and back to their kennels/cages; helping to prep animals for surgery; observing animals as they emerge from anesthesia; preparing injections; folding and wrapping surgical gowns and drapes; cleaning and sterilizing surgical area, instruments and equipment; cleaning animals kennels/cages; helping discharge animals back to their guardians; cleaning and folding laundry; and providing people with post-surgical care information. Volunteers must feel comfortable in a hospital setting. The surgery process should be something that greatly interests you and does not make you squeamish. Ideal candidates should have good physical agility and strength and must be able to follow exact instructions. This position requires a commitment of three hours per week. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.
Volunteers will help promote PHS/SPCA adoptable animals at our special events. The main purpose of the position is to raise awareness of the shelter and our animals. Volunteers will handle and transport adoptable animals to various special events and represent PHS/SPCA in a positive and informative manner. Volunteers will pick up animals from the shelter and bring them to the events, and return them back after the event is over. Duties may also involve reviewing and processing adoptions and educating the public on various pet ownership matters.
The goal of the TLC program is to provide comfort, companionship and socialization to dogs and cats at PHS/SPCA. TLC Volunteers enjoy a great deal of physical contact with animals. The main duty of the TLC Volunteer is to make sure the animals are well cared for and comfortable. Basic duties include: exercising animals; cleaning cages and kennels; washing dishes and doing laundry for the animals; hands-on socialization to build confidence for some animals; minor grooming; assisting with feeding and watering; providing toys and fresh blankets for all animals, and completing volunteer visit/behavior cards. Volunteers must have good physical strength and be able to work independently. Volunteers will be required to complete an animal handling class and on-the-job training.
(Pick of the Litter, PHS/SPCA's Resale Shop is located at 1127 Chula Vista in Burlingame)
Vaccination clinic volunteers help setup and break down clinics; educate the public about pet responsibility and the importance of spaying and neutering; handle cash transactions, assist in filing syringes and hold animals while they receive their inoculations. Volunteers must have good interpersonal skills when working with the public.
Veterinary clinic volunteers will assist the veterinarians and our veterinarian technicians with sick and injured animals. Help care for the animals in our clinic and recovery room; provide treatments as prescribed by our veterinarians and maintain the clinic in a clean and sterilized condition.
Film, edit, and provide 1-minute videos for dogs/cats to be used on adoption websites. The videos are intended to feature our overlooked animals outside of their kennels playing, listening to obedience commands and interacting well with humans. The 1-minute video should include text and music along with the video image. See current videos on dog adoption pages as a reference. A camcorder and editing software are available to use at the shelter. Volunteer must be able to film during public shelter hours. Animal handlers will be available.
Our web site is an invaluable outreach tool. The challenge is keeping it maintained, professional-looking and fun. We are always interested in borrowing volunteers' creative or technical skills. Duties may include taking digital photos of animals (and writing animal descriptions), writing HTML, or helping with the site's overall design. We can train people to take photos, but would prefer having people experienced in HTML or design for other duties. We are seeking a 1-2 hour per week commitment.
Adults & Jr. Volunteers (16-17 year-olds)
Limited positions are still available for this seasonal position. Please contact Volunteer Services at Volunteers@PHS-SPCA.org for more information.
Volunteers will welcome customers to the second floor and provide information about the center and about our wildlife rehabilitation efforts. In addition, volunteers will assist with incoming wildlife and return calls received on our Wildlife hotline. As a wildlife receptionist, you will be trained by the Wildlife Department to answer all pertinent questions and how to accept patients to the wildlife hospital.
Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion
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