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!

July Opportunities

If you’re interested in one of our volunteer opportunities starting in July, please fill out the attached questionnaires no later than Sunday, June 25.

Cats

  • 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 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 (COSE)
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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

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

    Next Step

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

Dogs

  • 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.

  • Shelter School
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    Objective

    Convey the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) mission statement Compassion and Care for all Animals by teaching shelter dogs real life behaviors that will aid in their adoptions and make their lives after PHS more enjoyable.

    Duties

    • Provide dogs with mental stimulation and positive human interaction while remaining in their kennels
    • Teach dogs proper skills and manners using positive reinforcement techniques outlined by the Behavior Department
    • Prepare shelter dogs to pass their Blue Ribbon test by focusing on teaching Blue Ribbon cues such as sit, stay, down, and sit for leashing/unleashing
    • Record Blue Ribbon progress of each participating dog
    • Determine when a dog is prepared for testing and seek out Behavior staff for testing

    Qualifications

    Applicants must:

    • Be at least 15 years of age
    • Be able to lift up to 25 pounds
    • Be able to read, write and follow directions
    • Attend orientation and training sessions
    • 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 various sizes, temperaments and breeds
    • Maintain polite and patient interaction with the public
    • Be reliable and punctual
    • Wear appropriate clothing, volunteer shirt and name badge

    Time Commitment*

    Shelter School Volunteers must be willing to commit to one shift per week any day, Tuesday-Sunday during regular shelter hours. 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.

    *Optional Shelter School class is available every Wednesday from 3:15-4:15pm and certain Sundays. Attend four consecutive Shelter School classes in order to 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, indoor training room).

    Next Step

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

Outreach

  • 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 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.

Other Opportunities

  • 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 Laundry 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 – Animal 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.

August Opportunities

If you’re interested in one of our volunteer opportunities starting in August, please fill out the attached questionnaires no later than Sunday, July 23.

Other Opportunities

  • 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 Laundry 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 – Animal 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.