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What if I can’t foster or adopt?

There are so many ways you can help if you’re currently unable to foster or adopt a dog.

Whether you live in California or whether you’re on the other side of the world you can make a HUGE difference. We are all volunteers and we always need more hands on deck to help with everything from running the admin to collecting dogs. Apply to volunteer with us today!

What can I do to help?

We have so many different in-person volunteer positions, but also many things you can do across the globe!

In-person opportunities include:

Event Volunteer: We have adoption and fundraising events throughout each month, and we always need volunteers to help out! Event volunteers get to hang out with our adoptable pups and fosters for the duration of the events, and answer general questions that people may have about our organization or adoptable dogs.

Supply/Donations Coordinator: We are looking for individuals to coordinate supply drop off/pickup and supply return with our fosters, as well as keeping a spreadsheet of supplies we have loaned out. These coordinators would tackle storage organization, keeping inventory as we run low on various supplies, and also be the primary supply transporters for our fosters. To lessen the driving load, you are always welcome to see if the foster is able to meet you at our storage unit! This role would also include coordinating the intake of supply donations, and monitoring Craigslist, Nextdoor, etc. for gently used “freebies”.

Transporter: Most of our transport needs center around making sure our foster dogs can make it to events that their foster is unable to bring them to. However, we’re also sometimes in need of supply drops to our fosters and transport of new rounds of pups. Transporting is often overlooked because it doesn’t seem quite as “glamorous” as adoption events, but having quality, one-on-one time with the dogs and getting to build your own, personal connection with them is second to none!

Home-Checker: This entails the volunteer coordinating with the foster or adopter and going to their home to check it out and make sure it is a suitable spot for our dogs. We’ll let you know what to look for, but it is mostly just common sense stuff, such as making sure their home is safe, they have a fenced yard (if applicable), aren’t an unsafe environment, etc. A home check only happens when we have a new foster who has not worked with us before, or when someone wants to adopt one of our pups.

What if I’m not nearby?

We are thrilled to introduce TAPACT- Our activism wing of The Animal Pad (TAP).

TAPACT is dedicated to ending the suffering, abuse, and exploitation of dogs through information, education, and advocacy locally and globally. The Animal Pad rescues dogs primarily from Mexico and through our journey, we have seen first hand the many issues that dogs face at the hands of humans. We are determined to evoke permanent change in both policy and culturally. We have a battle ahead of us but we know that, working together as one voice, we can make a significant difference for these souls on both sides of the Border. Together, we can be heard, together, we can make change, together we cant be stopped.

If you are interested in getting involved with TAPACT, please email: TAPACT@theanimalpad.com

How do I start volunteering?

Apply to volunteer through our application today!