Teen / Junior Program
Animals and Youth Helping One Another...
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WHO: Teens (Age 13-17 yrs) and Juniors (Age 10-12 yrs).
Parent/Guardian must directly accompany each junior volunteer throughout each session. Parents of teens are always welcome at any sessions.
The Tri-Valley Animal Rescue's Teen/Junior program accommodates individual volunteers. It is not practical for organized groups or short-term community service projects.
WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4:00pm and 5:30pm.
Sessions may be limited or cancelled due to weather conditions, availability of adult supervisors, Alameda County staff designated situations and closures. After the mandatory orientation, this is a drop-in program, limited to the days and times stated above.
WHERE: East County Animal Shelter.
4595 Gleason Drive in Dublin
North of I580 Between Tassajara Rd. and Hacienda Dr.
WHAT: Volunteers interact with stray and/or owner-surrendered dogs and cats at the shelter.
Volunteers walk, groom, and socialize dogs in an outdoor get-acquainted area and walk dogs on leash in the designated area behind the shelter, weather permitting. Volunteers socialize cats in their cages.
Note: To keep them as healthy as possible, shelter staff excludes kitten socialization by members of the public and by TVAR volunteers. Staff may exclude other animals for health or safety reasons.
WHY: Socialization promotes the adoptability of the animals while youngsters benefit from volunteering their time and talents.
This interaction gives the animals much appreciated attention and also familiarizes TVAR with information/feedback about the animals’ needs and behavior patterns to find new or foster homes for them.
History: This program, started in April, 1994, has been operating at the ECAS facility since it replaced the old Santa Rita shelter in 1996. It continues to evolve, as we strive to reduce risk and to conduct an effective program for our volunteers and to benefit the animals we are dedicated to help. We believe it is a WIN/WIN for both the animals and the youngsters. We can and do make a difference to the continued well-being of these animals that are abandoned in the shelter either as stray or as owner-surrendered pets.
HOW TO GET STARTED: For your safety and for the safety of the animals you will be helping, you must follow the two steps outlined below before you can volunteer in the program itself.
Step 1: Attend the Enrollment session
At the most recent Enrollment on Sept 18, all available orientation spaces were booked through January, 2014.
The specific date for the next Enrollment has not yet been determined.
PLEASE NOTE: Our long-time Teen/Junior Coordinators are retiring and TVAR is currently seeking to find a replacement. As such, future enrollments are on hold until we can find a new program coordinator (or coordinators). Our goal is to find new adult volunteers that will allow the program to continue past April of 2014. ADULTS wanting to know how they can help the program continue should contact Nancy Metz, Teen/Junior Program Coordinator. Please visit this page periodically for updates.
Step 2: Attend the Orientation session
Orientation takes place on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays (approximately every other week) from 4pm to 5:30pm. Each session can accommodate five (5) new volunteers. At the orientation, you will complete a TVAR membership form and you will be given a Parental Permission Form for Minor Volunteers to be reviewed, signed and be returned at your scheduled orientation. Both are requisite for participation in the program.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The New Volunteer Orientation Schedule is for volunteers over age 18 – Teen/Junior volunteers will not be accepted into those sessions.
TVAR tax-deductible Membership Dues donation is $10 annually for volunteers under 18 years old.
Family membership dues donation is $50/year.
Dues can be waived under special circumstances.
For more information, please review our FAQ Page. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact the Teen/Junior program coordinator:
By Phone: (925) 462-9679
By Email: email@example.com