Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Are you an animal lover looking for a meaningful volunteer experience? Our volunteers support every area of the Pasadena Humane Society. You will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the animals in our care. Help us work towards making a more humane community for all animals!

Please take a moment to read more about who we are, what we do, and volunteering at the Pasadena Humane Society.

Then click on the volunteer program descriptions to find the right position for you. If you decide you’d like to volunteer for a program, simply fill out the questionnaire at the end of the description. You’ll receive an invite via email to volunteer orientation and training, and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to volunteering!

February

If you’re interested in one of our volunteer opportunities starting in February, please fill out the attached questionnaires no later than Sunday, January 29.

  • Ambassador
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals through outreach and education.

    Duties

    • Provide tours of the PHS campus to the public
    • Host tables at community events on behalf of PHS
    • Distribute and post PHS fliers throughout our service cities
    • Perform Bark Patrol in the kennels
    • Present to community groups, schools, religious organizations, etc. on topics of humane education

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to manage allergies to dogs, cats or rabbits, if applicable
    • Demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Maintain engaging, polite and patient interactions with the public
    • Must be reliable and punctual
    • Must attend orientation and training
    • Being bilingual is a plus

    Time Commitment

    Ambassadors are required to complete a minimum of 4 hours of service per month. Also, Ambassadors must be willing to lead/assist with a minimum of 1 tour/event per month.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Ambassador volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Blossoming Wallflowers
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society’s mission statement Compassion and Care for All Animals while working with our shy/fearful shelter dogs and helping them to build confidence and trust in people.

    Duties

    • Work with shelter dogs that are shy and/or fearful, mainly in their kennels.
    • Provide calm and consistent interaction, allowing the dog to acclimate to people and the shelter in a non-threatening way
    • Teach confidence-building exercises and training cues
    • Work in and out of the kennel patiently with each dog at their own pace

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be willing to be trained and follow policies and procedures issued by Behavior Department
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be able to bend down and sit easily
    • Maintain polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual

    Time Commitment

    Blossoming Wallflower volunteers must be willing to commit to one shift per week (winter hours may vary):

    • Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Blossoming Wallflowers volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Camp Counselor
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    Objective

    Camp Counselor volunteers convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals through outreach and education to young people.

    Duties

      Camp counselors will be working with 20 campers aged 9-12. Campers will be split into groups of 10 for activities throughout the shelter. Camp counselors will:

    • Maintain general safety of campers in their group
    • Ensure that campers are aware of rules and daily scheduled routine
    • Lead and implement camper projects and experiences
    • Manage campers’ behavior and act as a role model and mentor
    • Make sure proper procedures are followed for camper sign-in/out on a daily basis
    • Perform preparation and clean up of daily camp activities
    • Establish a relationship with the campers, anticipating their needs based on individual personalitites and preferences
    • Be responsible for the care and maintenance of supplies, equipment and material
    • Immediately report all accidents to Humane Education Manager or Humane Education Coordinator

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • If 18 or older, provide social security number for background check and pass background check
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be able to manage allergies to dogs, cats or rabbits, if applicable
    • Be able to teach and lead various craft activities
    • Enjoy working with children and animals
    • Demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Maintain engaging, polite and patient interactions with the campers
    • Be reliable and punctual

    Time Commitment

    Camp Counselors must commit to at least one of the 4-hour shifts (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for at least one, 1-week camp.

    2017 Spring Camp dates:

    • March 20th to March 24th

    2017 Summer Camp dates:

    • July 10th to July 14th
    • July 17th to July 21st
    • July 24th to July 28th
    • July 31st to August 4th
    • August 7th to August 11th

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Camp Counselor volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Cat Husbandry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing cats with excellent living conditions and socialization, which helps them to feel comfortable and increases their chances of adoption.

    Duties

    • Clean cat kennels, litter boxes and housing areas
    • Be comfortable around cats of all temperaments and be willing to learn about cat behavior
    • Observe any health/behavior issues and report those problems to staff
    • Additional duties may include up keep of cat kennels, laundry, feeding, washing dishes and stocking

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to bend and lift at least 20lbs
    • Follow disinfection, sanitation and behavior protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and cat feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Cat Husbandry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 1 – 3 p.m., any day Monday-Sunday

    Next Steps

    If you are interested in joining the Cat Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Cat Offsite Enrichment (C.O.S.E.)
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing care to shelter cats while assisting visitors seeking to adopt cats.

    Duties

    • Provide cats with social interaction and mental stimulation during their stay at Pet Food Express on Lake Avenue in Pasadena
    • Spot clean cats’ litter boxes and housing areas
    • Educate general public on PHS adoption procedures and assist with adoptions
    • Inform general public about PHS policy, services and programs
    • Provide bios’ of cats

    Qualifications

    Appplicants must:

    • Be 18 or older
    • Have reliable means of getting to Pet Food Express on Lake Avenue in Pasadena
    • Be willing to be trained and follow policies and procedures issued by Cat Behavior Team
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and cat feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds
    • Demonstrate strong verbal communication skills
    • Maintain engaging, polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    C.O.S.E. volunteers must be willing to commit to one 2-hour shift per week.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the C.O.S.E. volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Docent
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing guidance, information and assistance to visitors in the shelter.

    Duties

    • Assist visitors in the kennels, Neely Cat Center, Critter House and Animal Care Center
    • Guide and inform visitors of safe behavior in the kennels, Neely Cat Center and Critter House
    • Inform general public about PHS services and programs
    • Articulate PHS policies as a full service shelter
    • Give visitors directions around campus
    • Interpret and explain kennel cards and dot descriptions
    • Distribute PHS materials and maps

    In addition to assisting the public, Docents also maintain a presence in the kennels and patrol for the welfare of the animals by:

    • Providing visitors with PHS donated homemade dog treats in exchange for inappropriate dog treats given in the kennels
    • Watching and discouraging bad kennel behavior
    • Alerting staff to inhumane behaviors toward the animals

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to manage allergies to dogs, cats or rabbits, if applicable
    • Have strong verbal communication skills
    • Be engaging, polite and patient with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be well versed in policies and procedures
    • Being bilingual is a plus!

    Time Commitment

    Docents must be willing to commit to one 2-hour shift per week.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Docent volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Dog Enrichment
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing dogs with enrichment activities during their stay at the shelter.

    Duties

    • Provide dogs with mental stimulation in the form of food puzzle toys and other items
    • Clean, fill, dispense and retrieve dog Kongs and toys
    • Make and write down behavior observations for the Behavior Department
    • Assist in instilling basic manners and cues in all dogs using philosophies and methods specified by the Behavior Department

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be at least 15 years of age
    • Be willing to be trained and follow policies and procedures issued by Behavior Department
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be able to enter and exit dog kennels quickly and have comfort working with dogs of various sizes, temperaments and breeds
    • Maintain polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds

    Time Commitment

    Dog Enrichment Volunteers must be willing to commit to one 1.5-hour shift per week any day, Monday-Saturday, from 12:30-2 p.m. or 3:30-5 p.m.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Dog Enrichment volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Dog Husbandry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing our shelter dogs with excellent living conditions and socialization, which helps them to feel comfortable and increases their chances of adoption.

    Duties

    • Help maintain clean dog kennels through spot cleaning
    • Check and fill water bowls; clean, set up and show dogs how to use Kuranda beds; check kennel drains; check for leftover toys; etc.
    • Take dogs to the social yard during cleaning or for potty breaks
    • Do Bark Patrol throughout the kennels
    • Enjoy the company of dogs and be willing to learn about dog behavior
    • Observe any health/behavior issues and report those problems to staff
    • Additional duties may include upkeep of dog kennels, laundry, washing cages and dog bowls, feeding and stocking

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to bend down and get on hands/knees when necessary
    • Be able to lift at least 20lbs
    • Be comfortable getting in and out of dog kennels quickly
    • Be comfortable working with dogs of all sizes and breed types
    • Follow disinfection, sanitation and behavior protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and dog feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Wear slip-resistant boots/shoes
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Dog Husbandry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day, Monday-Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Dog Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Foster Care
  • Laundry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing our shelter animals with clean, sanitized towels and bedding.

    Duties

    • Wash all shelter laundry including towels, blankets, aprons, smocks, etc.
    • Put items in dryer; check dryer for lint and remove if necessary
    • Fold, organize and stack clean laundry
    • Sweep laundry room floor
    • Mop laundry room floor when necessary
    • Maintain general cleanliness and organization of laundry room

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 8 years of age or older. Any volunteers between the ages of 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
    • Be able to bend down
    • Be able to lift at least 10 pounds
    • Follow sanitation protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and animal feces
    • Be able to manage cat, rabbit, dog, hay and any other animal-related allergies
    • Be able to follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Laundry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day, Monday-Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Dog Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • Objective

    Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) volunteer teams of animals and their human companions convey the mission of humane education at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA by promoting empathy, providing compassion and care, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Please note that you must have your own companion animal in order to volunteer for this program.

    Job Description

    • Visit schools, assisted living facilities and hospitals, organizations serving at-risk and vulnerable children
    • Provide interaction with an animal that facilitates change in the person’s physical, emotional, social or cognitive status
    • Play the dual role of engaged visitor and responsible animal handler
    • Bathe dogs or groom (when applicable) animals prior to P-AT visit

    Qualifications – Human half of the team

    • Must have your own companion animal (dog, cat, etc.)
    • Must be age 18 or older
    • Must be comfortable with the population being served
    • Must have reliable transportation
    • Reliable and punctual
    • Patient and good humored
    • Attend formal interview with Behavior Department and Humane Education Supervisors
    • Complete volunteer application
    • Provide social security number for background check
    • Pass background check
    • If accepted, attend orientation
    • Bilingual a plus

    Qualifications – Humane half of the team

    • At least one year old
    • Pet-Assisted Therapy dogs must have their Canine Good Citizenship Certification
    • Current on all vaccines (Rabies, Bordetella, etc.)
    • Non-aggressive in all situations
    • Spayed or neutered

    Time Commitment

    P-AT teams must commit to at least 4 service hours per month, commit to participating the program for a minimum of one year, and must be available Mondays-Fridays (No weekend volunteer opportunities available).

    Next Step

    If you are interested in becoming a Pet-Assisted Therapy Volunteer, please contact Kim Tripp at 626.792.7151 ext. 114 or ktripp@pasadenahumane.org for more information.

  • Toy Bucket
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals while enriching the lives of shelter dogs and learning about their toy habits.

    Duties

    • Provide dogs with mental stimulation and positive human interaction while remaining in their kennels
    • Teach dogs proper skills and manners with toys using Positive Reinforcement techniques outlined by the Behavior Department
    • Clean and disinfect toys and return them to their appropriate buckets for next use
    • Record behavior observations and toy preferences for the Behavior Department and future volunteer interaction

    Qualifications

    Applicants must

    • Be at least 15 years of age
    • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be willing to follow policies and procedures outlined by Behavior Department
    • Be able to enter and exit dog kennels quickly and have comfort working with dogs of varying temperaments, sizes and breeds
    • Maintain polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Toy Bucket Volunteers must be willing to commit to one shift per week any day, Monday-Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 3 – 5 p.m. Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of one hour per visit, working with about 3 different dogs (one at a time) for about 20 minutes each.

    Next Steps

    If you are interested in joining the Toy Bucket volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

March

If you’re interested in one of our volunteer opportunities starting in March, please fill out the attached questionnaires no later than Sunday, February 26.

  • Ambassador
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals through outreach and education.

    Duties

    • Provide tours of the PHS campus to the public
    • Host tables at community events on behalf of PHS
    • Distribute and post PHS fliers throughout our service cities
    • Perform Bark Patrol in the kennels
    • Present to community groups, schools, religious organizations, etc. on topics of humane education

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to manage allergies to dogs, cats or rabbits, if applicable
    • Demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Maintain engaging, polite and patient interactions with the public
    • Must be reliable and punctual
    • Must attend orientation and training
    • Being bilingual is a plus

    Time Commitment

    Ambassadors are required to complete a minimum of 4 hours of service per month. Also, Ambassadors must be willing to lead/assist with a minimum of 1 tour/event per month.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Ambassador volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Camp Counselor
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    Objective

    Camp Counselor volunteers convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals through outreach and education to young people.

    Duties

      Camp counselors will be working with 20 campers aged 9-12. Campers will be split into groups of 10 for activities throughout the shelter. Camp counselors will:

    • Maintain general safety of campers in their group
    • Ensure that campers are aware of rules and daily scheduled routine
    • Lead and implement camper projects and experiences
    • Manage campers’ behavior and act as a role model and mentor
    • Make sure proper procedures are followed for camper sign-in/out on a daily basis
    • Perform preparation and clean up of daily camp activities
    • Establish a relationship with the campers, anticipating their needs based on individual personalitites and preferences
    • Be responsible for the care and maintenance of supplies, equipment and material
    • Immediately report all accidents to Humane Education Manager or Humane Education Coordinator

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • If 18 or older, provide social security number for background check and pass background check
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be able to manage allergies to dogs, cats or rabbits, if applicable
    • Be able to teach and lead various craft activities
    • Enjoy working with children and animals
    • Demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Maintain engaging, polite and patient interactions with the campers
    • Be reliable and punctual

    Time Commitment

    Camp Counselors must commit to at least one of the 4-hour shifts (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) for at least one, 1-week camp.

    2017 Spring Camp dates:

    • March 20th to March 24th

    2017 Summer Camp dates:

    • July 10th to July 14th
    • July 17th to July 21st
    • July 24th to July 28th
    • July 31st to August 4th
    • August 7th to August 11th

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Camp Counselor volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Cat Husbandry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing cats with excellent living conditions and socialization, which helps them to feel comfortable and increases their chances of adoption.

    Duties

    • Clean cat kennels, litter boxes and housing areas
    • Be comfortable around cats of all temperaments and be willing to learn about cat behavior
    • Observe any health/behavior issues and report those problems to staff
    • Additional duties may include up keep of cat kennels, laundry, feeding, washing dishes and stocking

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to bend and lift at least 20lbs
    • Follow disinfection, sanitation and behavior protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and cat feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Cat Husbandry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., or 1 – 3 p.m., any day Monday-Sunday

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Cat Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Cat Socialization
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing cats with excellent living conditions and socialization, which helps them to feel comfortable and increases their chances of adoption.

    Duties

    • Help maintain clean cat kennels, litter boxes and housing areas
    • Socialize with cats according to health and behavior protocol
    • Aide in dispensing enrichment toys to cats
    • Observe any health/behavior issues and report those problems to staff
    • Answer questions from members of the public in relation to specific cats and refer people to Adoptions staff

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Follow disinfection, sanitation and behavior protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Be able to bend and lift at least 20lbs
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Log interactions in the socialization binder
    • Attend follow-up training sessions as needed
    • Interact appropriately with members of the public
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Cat Socialization volunteers must be able to work at least one 1.5 hour shift on any of the following days:

    • 1 – 2:30 p.m., any day
    • 10 – 11:30 a.m., any day Monday-Saturday
    • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sunday
    • 2:30 – 4 p.m. Monday
    • 3:30 – 5 p.m., any day Tuesday-Saturday
    • 3 – 4:30 p.m., Sunday

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Cat Socialization volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Cat Offsite Enrichment (C.O.S.E.)
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing care to shelter cats while assisting visitors seeking to adopt cats.

    Duties

    • Provide cats with social interaction and mental stimulation during their stay at Pet Food Express on Lake Avenue in Pasadena
    • Spot clean cats’ litter boxes and housing areas
    • Educate general public on PHS adoption procedures and assist with adoptions
    • Inform general public about PHS policy, services and programs
    • Provide bios’ of cats

    Qualifications

    Appplicants must:

    • Be 18 or older
    • Have reliable means of getting to Pet Food Express on Lake Avenue in Pasadena
    • Be willing to be trained and follow policies and procedures issued by Cat Behavior Team
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and cat feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds
    • Demonstrate strong verbal communication skills
    • Maintain engaging, polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    C.O.S.E. volunteers must be willing to commit to one 2-hour shift per week.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the C.O.S.E. volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Docent
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing guidance, information and assistance to visitors in the shelter.

    Duties

    • Assist visitors in the kennels, Neely Cat Center, Critter House and Animal Care Center
    • Guide and inform visitors of safe behavior in the kennels, Neely Cat Center and Critter House
    • Inform general public about PHS services and programs
    • Articulate PHS policies as a full service shelter
    • Give visitors directions around campus
    • Interpret and explain kennel cards and dot descriptions
    • Distribute PHS materials and maps

    In addition to assisting the public, Docents also maintain a presence in the kennels and patrol for the welfare of the animals by:

    • Providing visitors with PHS donated homemade dog treats in exchange for inappropriate dog treats given in the kennels
    • Watching and discouraging bad kennel behavior
    • Alerting staff to inhumane behaviors toward the animals

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to manage allergies to dogs, cats or rabbits, if applicable
    • Have strong verbal communication skills
    • Be engaging, polite and patient with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be well versed in policies and procedures
    • Being bilingual is a plus!

    Time Commitment

    Docents must be willing to commit to one 2-hour shift per week.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Docent volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Dog Husbandry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing our shelter dogs with excellent living conditions and socialization, which helps them to feel comfortable and increases their chances of adoption.

    Duties

    • Help maintain clean dog kennels through spot cleaning
    • Check and fill water bowls; clean, set up and show dogs how to use Kuranda beds; check kennel drains; check for leftover toys; etc.
    • Take dogs to the social yard during cleaning or for potty breaks
    • Do Bark Patrol throughout the kennels
    • Enjoy the company of dogs and be willing to learn about dog behavior
    • Observe any health/behavior issues and report those problems to staff
    • Additional duties may include upkeep of dog kennels, laundry, washing cages and dog bowls, feeding and stocking

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be able to bend down and get on hands/knees when necessary
    • Be able to lift at least 20lbs
    • Be comfortable getting in and out of dog kennels quickly
    • Be comfortable working with dogs of all sizes and breed types
    • Follow disinfection, sanitation and behavior protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and dog feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Wear slip-resistant boots/shoes
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Dog Husbandry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day, Monday-Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Dog Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Foster Care
  • Group Training Class
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by assisting our trainers in helping community dogs learn good manners and skills.

    Duties

    • Provide assistance to the dog training instructor in PHS group classes
    • Provide help with setup and breakdown as well as assist clients as requested by instructor during class

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be at least 15 years of age
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Comply with the training philosophy of the Behavior Department and adhere to reward-based training techniques given in class
    • Be comfortable working with dogs of various sizes, temperaments and breeds
    • Maintain polite and patient interaction with class participants
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Be able to lift up to 20lbs

    Time Commitment

    Group Training Class volunteers must commit to an entire group class session (one day/week for 5-6 weeks) for 3-5 hour shifts. Classes are generally held in the evenings and weekends.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Group Training Class volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Intermediate Social Yard & Training Room
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals while enriching the lives of shelter dogs and reinforcing good manners.

    Duties

    • Provide Blue Dot dogs the opportunity to exit their kennels and have off-leash exercise in any of our three contained areas: social yard, outdoor training yard and indoor training room
    • Reinforce calm collaring and leashing while inside the kennel
    • Work on training cues and good manners using Positive Reinforcement techniques as outlined by the Behavior Department
    • Record behavior observations for the Behavior Department and future volunteer interaction

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be at least 15 years of age
    • Be able to lift up to 20 pounds
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Be willing to follow policies and procedures outlined by Behavior Department
    • Be able to enter and exit dog kennels quickly and have comfort working with dogs of varying temperaments, sizes and breeds
    • Be able to maintain control of dogs while walking them to designated areas
    • Maintain polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Intermediate Social Yard & Training Room volunteers must commit to a minimum of one 1-hour shift per week between the hours of 9 a.m – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday or 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Intermediate Social Yard & Training Room volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Laundry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing our shelter animals with clean, sanitized towels and bedding.

    Duties

    • Wash all shelter laundry including towels, blankets, aprons, smocks, etc.
    • Put items in dryer; check dryer for lint and remove if necessary
    • Fold, organize and stack clean laundry
    • Sweep laundry room floor
    • Mop laundry room floor when necessary
    • Maintain general cleanliness and organization of laundry room

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 8 years of age or older. Any volunteers between the ages of 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
    • Be able to bend down
    • Be able to lift at least 10 pounds
    • Follow sanitation protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and animal feces
    • Be able to manage cat, rabbit, dog, hay and any other animal-related allergies
    • Be able to follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Laundry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day, Monday-Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Dog Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • Objective

    Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) volunteer teams of animals and their human companions convey the mission of humane education at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA by promoting empathy, providing compassion and care, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Please note that you must have your own companion animal in order to volunteer for this program.

    Job Description

    • Visit schools, assisted living facilities and hospitals, organizations serving at-risk and vulnerable children
    • Provide interaction with an animal that facilitates change in the person’s physical, emotional, social or cognitive status
    • Play the dual role of engaged visitor and responsible animal handler
    • Bathe dogs or groom (when applicable) animals prior to P-AT visit

    Qualifications – Human half of the team

    • Must have your own companion animal (dog, cat, etc.)
    • Must be age 18 or older
    • Must be comfortable with the population being served
    • Must have reliable transportation
    • Reliable and punctual
    • Patient and good humored
    • Attend formal interview with Behavior Department and Humane Education Supervisors
    • Complete volunteer application
    • Provide social security number for background check
    • Pass background check
    • If accepted, attend orientation
    • Bilingual a plus

    Qualifications – Humane half of the team

    • At least one year old
    • Pet-Assisted Therapy dogs must have their Canine Good Citizenship Certification
    • Current on all vaccines (Rabies, Bordetella, etc.)
    • Non-aggressive in all situations
    • Spayed or neutered

    Time Commitment

    P-AT teams must commit to at least 4 service hours per month, commit to participating the program for a minimum of one year, and must be available Mondays-Fridays (No weekend volunteer opportunities available).

    Next Steps

    If you are interested in becoming a Pet-Assisted Therapy Volunteer, please contact Kim Tripp at 626.792.7151 ext. 114 or ktripp@pasadenahumane.org for more information.

  • Wildlife Critter Chef
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing wildlife with excellent diets and nutritional care that will help with the process of rehabilitation to eventually release the animal back into the wild.

    Duties

    • Prepare fruit and vegetable salads, chopping and slicing produce
    • Assemble daily songbird salads into small bowls to distribute for feeding the next day
    • Create songbird, opossum and squirrel formulas
    • Abide by authorized diet (salad and formula) protocol and instructions
    • Bonus – Hunter Gatherer: Collect edible things for our wildlife (acorns, chestnuts, fruit) from either completely public areas (off the ground) or from neighbors’ fruit trees and off the ground (with their consent). This prevents fruit and nuts from getting wasted as bruised fruit is perfectly acceptable for our wildlife.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Be able to bend and lift at least 20lbs
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Attend follow-up training sessions as needed
    • Follow the wildlife diet and sanitation practice protocols
    • Wear appropriate clothing (something you don’t mind getting dirty), volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    If accepted into the program, volunteers must be able to work one 2-hour shift any day of the week.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Wildlife Critter Chef volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Wildlife Husbandry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by learning about wildlife and providing wildlife with excellent living conditions to help with the process of rehabilitation before release back into the wild.

    Duties

    • Assist staff with cleaning of the cages and housing areas, including the outdoor aviary
    • Provide a sanitized workplace in order to prevent the spread of disease
    • Observe any health/behavior issues and report those problems to staff
    • Build nest boxes and animal housing, and help with general organizing
    • Explain our rules and policies to the public regarding our animals in rehabilitation and the importance of wildlife as it arises
    • Learn about wildlife behavior/care and complete the wildlife workbook
    • Work with a variety of different animals, including different avian species, opossums and squirrels. Volunteers will not be working with any prevalent rabies vector species
    • Provide animals with correct feed based on species and/or age

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 15 years of age or older
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and animal feces
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Be able to bend and lift at least 20lbs
    • Attend orientation and training
    • Attend follow-up training sessions as needed
    • Follow wildlife husbandry and sanitation protocols
    • Wear appropriate clothing (something you don’t mind getting dirty), volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Wildlife Husbandry volunteers must be able to work one, 1-2.5 hour shift a week.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Wildlife Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Wildlife Release and Transport
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing safe and timely transport of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife to appropriate facilities.

    Duties

    • Transport and release rehabilitated wildlife into the field
    • Transport wildlife safely to appropriate facilities
    • Provide rehabilitator with animal information form

    Please Note

    • All animals are securely contained for transport by staff and there is no handling of wildlife by transport volunteers
    • Transporters will not receive reimbursement for gas or mileage
    • Recording of mileage for tax purposes is solely the responsibility of the volunteer.

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 21 years or older
    • Make a firm commitment to transport wildlife during shift
    • Have a clean driver’s record
    • Keep driving record in good standing while transporting for PHS
    • Have current driver’s license, reliable transportation and proof of car insurance
    • Have vehicle with front and back seats to accomodate large boxes
    • Be willing to travel on average 50-90 miles round trip
    • Be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds
    • Must attend orientation and training

    Time Commitment

    Wildlife Release & Transportation volunteers must commit to one 4-hour “on call” shift a week.

    Next Step

    Time Commitment

    If you are interested in joining the Wildlife Release & Transport volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

April

If you’re interested in one of our volunteer opportunities starting in April, please fill out the attached questionnaires no later than Sunday, March 26.

  • Foster Care
  • Laundry
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by providing our shelter animals with clean, sanitized towels and bedding.

    Duties

    • Wash all shelter laundry including towels, blankets, aprons, smocks, etc.
    • Put items in dryer; check dryer for lint and remove if necessary
    • Fold, organize and stack clean laundry
    • Sweep laundry room floor
    • Mop laundry room floor when necessary
    • Maintain general cleanliness and organization of laundry room

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be 8 years of age or older. Any volunteers between the ages of 8-14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
    • Be able to bend down
    • Be able to lift at least 10 pounds
    • Follow sanitation protocol
    • Be OK with being exposed to cleaning products and animal feces
    • Be able to manage cat, rabbit, dog, hay and any other animal-related allergies
    • Be able to follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment

    Laundry volunteers must be able to work at least one 2-hour shift between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day, Monday-Sunday.

    Next Step

    If you are interested in joining the Dog Husbandry volunteer program, please fill out the following questionnaire and we’ll be in touch with you soon.

  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • Objective

    Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) volunteer teams of animals and their human companions convey the mission of humane education at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA by promoting empathy, providing compassion and care, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Please note that you must have your own companion animal in order to volunteer for this program.

    Job Description

    • Visit schools, assisted living facilities and hospitals, organizations serving at-risk and vulnerable children
    • Provide interaction with an animal that facilitates change in the person’s physical, emotional, social or cognitive status
    • Play the dual role of engaged visitor and responsible animal handler
    • Bathe dogs or groom (when applicable) animals prior to P-AT visit

    Qualifications – Human half of the team

    • Must have your own companion animal (dog, cat, etc.)
    • Must be age 18 or older
    • Must be comfortable with the population being served
    • Must have reliable transportation
    • Reliable and punctual
    • Patient and good humored
    • Attend formal interview with Behavior Department and Humane Education Supervisors
    • Complete volunteer application
    • Provide social security number for background check
    • Pass background check
    • If accepted, attend orientation
    • Bilingual a plus

    Qualifications – Humane half of the team

    • At least one year old
    • Pet-Assisted Therapy dogs must have their Canine Good Citizenship Certification
    • Current on all vaccines (Rabies, Bordetella, etc.)
    • Non-aggressive in all situations
    • Spayed or neutered

    Time Commitment

    P-AT teams must commit to at least 4 service hours per month, commit to participating the program for a minimum of one year, and must be available Mondays-Fridays (No weekend volunteer opportunities available).

    Next Steps

    If you are interested in becoming a Pet-Assisted Therapy Volunteer, please contact Kim Tripp at 626.792.7151 ext. 114 or ktripp@pasadenahumane.org for more information.