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Junior Volunteer Positions

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We offer volunteer positions for youth 13 to 17 years of age, as noted, and require a commitment of 2 hours per week for at least six months.  We are unable to accept volunteers under the age of 13. To become a junior volunteer, simply complete a Volunteer Application and choose your orientation date. If you are a parent volunteering with a junior volunteer (13 to 15 years of age) you must fill out a volunteer application online as well.

Space is limited, so please choose only one date that is convenient for you. If you would like to attend an orientation date that is already full, you can come to that orientation and try for a Drop-In seat, which are almost always available due to no-shows or cancellations. If there's no room, you will have to leave and try for another date. PLEASE NOTE THAT VOLUNTEER POSITION AVAILABILITY VARIES BASED ON CURRENT NEEDS. NOT EVERY VOLUNTEER POSITION IS AVAILABLE AT EVERY ORIENTATION.

Once you become a volunteer, you'll be asked to purchase a "Volunteer Pack" that includes a short-sleeve volunteer t-shirt, lanyard and combination RF access keycard and identification badge. The cost of the pack is $30.00.

Kitten Nursery
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Volunteer Position Descriptions in Detail

Kitten Nursery (Seasonal April – August)

Adults & Jr. Volunteers (16-17 year-olds; also available for 13-15 year-olds, but they must volunteer with a parent)
The kittens involved in this program are potentially able to survive without their mother as their food source. They may not have been exposed to eating on their own, but would be old enough to be weaned if fed a high density wet food regularly. They would need to be fed 3 times daily by hand with a syringe. There will be 3 feeding shifts. Depending on how many kittens are in each litter, this may take between 2-3 hours per shift. First, the kittens would need to be removed from their cages, placed in designated boxes, and the cages would need to be thoroughly cleaned. New bedding, fresh water, and a new litter box would be placed in the cage. Feeding is to be done one kitten at a time with a pre-prescribed mixture of food. The volunteer would mix the food freshly for each shift. Throughout the feeding, the volunteer would note any health issues that arise on a sheet located in the packet on the cage. This sheet will serve as the communication to the Vet Services Department. Additional duties may include bathing kittens and administering medications. Shifts will be daily and the time will be approximately:

  • MORNING: 7-10am
  • MID-DAY: noon – 3pm
  • EVENING: 5 – 8pm

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Tender Loving Care (TLC) Cats & Dogs

(16-17 year-olds; also available for 13-15 year olds, but they must volunteer with a parent)
The goal of the TLC program is to provide comfort, companionship and socialization to all animals at PHS/SPCA. Junior TLC Volunteers enjoy a great deal of physical contact with dogs and cats up for adoption. 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.

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Thrift Store

(16-17 year-olds)
(Pick of the Litter, PHS/SPCA's Resale Shop is located at 1127 Chula Vista in Burlingame)
Volunteers restock shelves and assist customers and donors. 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 wants to make a difference in animals' lives, but may not be comfortable working with shelter animals.

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Wildlife Volunteer (Seasonal April – October)

Adults & Jr. Volunteers (16-17 year-olds)
Our Wildlife Care Center is looking for extra hands to help with the influx of animals that we receive during our busiest months. Seasonal Wildlife volunteers will learn how to care for and feed baby squirrels and baby birds and will help with basic husbandry. This is a fast-paced volunteer position that will include a lot of cleaning and busy work in addition to feeding the baby animals but it is a unique and rewarding opportunity to work directly with wildlife. Those volunteers who wish to make a longer commitment and stay beyond the busy season may have the opportunity to learn more advanced wildlife techniques such as handling raptors and seabirds as well as assisting with medical procedures.

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Students of ALL ages can learn more about helping animals by reading our Caring for Critters pamphlet. It includes suggestions for fundraising and collecting items to benefit the shelter animals.



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