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    Muttville

    JEREMIAH + PICASSO: San Francisco, CA www.muttville.org   “I volunteer to help the greater dog community by giving back some of the love that my old dogs gave to me. I volunteer to fullfill my duty to animal stewardship for breeds and species in existence only from human-made breeding programs, especially the old ones. They wouldn’t […]

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    Golden Retriever Club of Greater LA Rescue

    KRISS + JACK: Los Angeles, CA www.grcglarescue.org   “I have always had a strong love and connection to animals, but especially dogs and cats.  The unconditional love and the nourishing that comes from being around dogs gives me a sense of “today matters.”  Volunteering for GRCGLA Rescue heightens this sense.  I am asked many times […]

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    Peninsula Humane Society

    MARI + MARK: Burlingame, CA www.peninsulahumanesociety.org   “The reasons I volunteer at Peninsula Humane Society are many. My heart is full when I work with dogs; their needs are minimal, but they give so much joy. (Mark is a good example– he’s the epitome of  a shelter dog: scruffy and all heart.) Being allowed to […]

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    BADRAP

    SONYA + MAUDE: Oakland, CA www.badrap.org   “Shelter volunteering is a powerful and accessible way to serve and connect intimately with animals– there aren’t all that many opportunities to do this in today’s society. There was a period of time a few years ago when a lot of negative pit bull stories were coming my way […]

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    Family Dog Rescue

    CLARE + KATIE: San Francisco, CA www.norcalfamilydogrescue.org   “We call Katie ‘future Olympian’ because she is truly a super dog. She learned to catch and retrieve a frisbee in one minute flat. She solves every puzzle toy we’ve ever given her. And she has a remarkable memory for people who’ve been kind to her. She’s […]

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    Wags and Walks

    LESLEY + KONA: Los Angeles, CA www.wagsandwalks.org   “I started Wags and Walks after volunteering in my local shelters and watching them euthanize perfectly friendly adoptable dogs due to overcrowding.  I learned this number was close to 40,000 dogs a year just in Los Angeles.  I felt it was my obligation to jump in and strategize […]

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    Farm Sanctuary

    EMMA, SOPHIE, MACY + JIMMY: Acton, CA www.farmsanctuary.org   “To me, volunteering is about making connections with individual animals and understanding their stories. It is one thing to read about the billions of animals who are killed for food every year, but to meet one of them up close and personal is profoundly powerful. After […]

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    BADRAP

    CONNOR + MOSEY: Oakland, CA www.badrap.org   “I volunteer with dogs because I have a lot to learn, and dogs are really great teachers.  Volunteering with BAD RAP has given me the opportunity to learn from so many of our dogs, Bully breeds particularly, that overcome life-threatening stereotypes and cruelty with grace and tenacity.  The […]

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    spcaLA

    TENNILLE + OLIVER: Los Angeles, CA www.spcala.com   “The reason I love working at the shelter is plain and simple;  I love it. It is extremely rewarding to be able to help take care of the cats (and dogs) on a daily basis, and give them all the love and attention I can.  Being able to […]

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    Family Dog Rescue

    ALLISON + SPECKLES: San Francisco, CA www.norcalfamilydogrescue.org   “My childhood dog was neglected. I started volunteering not only to heal the wound of watching her deprivation, but to somehow make amends. With each dog to whom I give love, be it walking them, reading to them or pulling them from a shelter and transporting them […]

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    BADRAP

    LETTI + JAMIE: Oakland, CA www.badrap.org   “I volunteer because of the impact I can have on one dog in one moment. It is easy to get lost in the hugeness of the challenges facing pets – overcrowded shelters, the shortage of pet friendly housing, failed rescues turned hoarders and abusers, and all the other […]

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    Family Dog Rescue

    KAYA + KNOX: San Francisco, CA www.norcalfamilydogrescue.org   “Volunteering at the shelter makes me very happy because I love seeing the dog’s big cute smiles on their faces when I give them a cuddle or kiss or even a little treat – it lightens up their whole day – just by giving them a simple […]

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    Dogs Without Borders

    SHERYL + JIMBO: Los Angeles, CA www.dogswithoutborders.org   “My feelings toward dogs (and cats) has always been a pledge to help them. Sophie is my first dog, and I have had her three years. As a child, my neighbor’s dogs became ‘my dogs’ and I walked them all for free just to be close to them. When working as […]

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    Downey Animal Care Center

    LINDA + BEEBOO: Los Angeles, CA www.animalcare.lacounty.gov   “I began volunteering at a local county animal shelter nine years ago after I retired and wanted something positive to do. Over the years, I have seen so many dogs obviously frightened by the new, chaotic environment of a huge shelter. I am amazed at how most […]

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    Downtown Dog Rescue

    MIA, PRINCESS + HAZEL: Los Angeles, CA www.downtowndogrescue.org   “My goal is to help dogs and people. The more we can educate people about dog behavior and how to communicate with them, the less problems people will have which would decrease shelter intakes. I have had more than 100 foster dogs over the past seven years, many […]

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    spcaLA

      PAULA + NEPTUNE: Los Angeles, CA www.spcala.com   “Neptune is a special dog, I saw myself in him in many ways. He came from a home full of violence, but still seemed so happy and goofy. The fact that we were here for him when his owner needed to get away, saved not just […]

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    Peninsula Humane Society

      TIM + RHONDA: Burlingame, CA www.peninsulahumanesociety.org   “I often have the public make the comment to me when they see my work with shelter cats, ‘It’s so great that you work with these animals, you give so much to them’. I then correct them and tell them ‘You have it backwards; the animals give […]

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    Downey Animal Care Center

      JANELY + ARTHUR: Los Angeles, CA www.animalcare.lacounty.gov   “I volunteer because I wholeheartedly enjoy doing so. The cats, dogs, rabbits, reptiles, and other pets who find themselves at shelters blindly trust us to help them. We, as volunteers, know that not all of our pets will find a home, but we make sure that, […]