Youth Volunteering

We believe that building a more humane community begins with our youngest citizens. Getting involved at a young age instills character traits such as kindness, empathy, and responsibility. From caring for pets to animal safety and also learning how to prevent animal suffering, we want our younger generations to have a front seat and hands-on role providing hope to animals in our community.

Kids Club - Summer Education Program

What is Kids Club?

Kids Club is a Summer Education Program for children aged 5-12 years old! 

Kids Club focuses on education that offers fun and interactive experiences for kids who love animals!  Please note that Kids Club is not considered volunteering. 

All meet-ups are scheduled on one Sunday a month, for 4 consecutive months during the summer. Each meet up is from 1:30-3:00 pm unless otherwise stated.  

2024 months  will be June, July, August, and September. 

Some programs may include special guests, animal service projects, fun crafts, or animal interaction. 

Once kids have reached the age of 12 they can graduate to the junior volunteer program , which is more hands-on with the animals! 

• Four playdates in the Summer/Fall of 2024
• Official SFAHS Kids Club t-shirt
• Free snacks and refreshments at every playdate
• Fun education and learning opportunities!

Membership for Summer of 2024: $25 per child


Parents & Guardians don't go too far! We want you to be included! We strongly encourage parents & guardians to stay for the playdate to learn alongside their children and help out where needed with crafts or activities.

You will also be required to sign a waiver at the first playdate your child(ren) attend.
Junior Volunteering 

Junior Volunteers is a youth volunteer program for ages 12-15. The program allows teens to earn volunteer hours and make a difference in their community. Junior volunteers must have  a parent or guardian volunteer with them at SFAHS until they reach the age of 16 . Once the Junior volunteer turns 16 they are allowed to participate in our adult program.   See the Registered Volunteer Page for information on the Adult Program . 

  • Must be 12 -15 years of age 
  • Must be able to volunteer at least 2 hours a month.
  • Must be able to volunteer a minimum of 6 consecutive months.  
  • Must have a parent or guardian volunteer with them

What do Jr Volunteers do?
  • Interact with cats in our private playrooms
  • Help with  tiding up animal kennels
  • Folding laundry, dusting, and tidying up 
  • Socialize with dogs in our designated play areas or walking trails

Parents/ Guardians are responsible for the primary handling of animals and supervising their junior volunteers.

Junior volunteers cannot volunteer alone and must have their parent or guardian present. 
How do I Sign my Child up for Volunteering? 

1. Attend a Volunteer Information Session
Information sessions cover basic policies, volunteer expectations, and gives a tour of the shelter. See  our Adult volunteer page for Information Session dates. 
The Information Session does not cover animal handling, but is a way for applicants to make sure volunteering is right for them. 

2. Fill out the Jr Volunteer Application and Adult Volunteer Application. 
Your applications will be reviewed, and if accepted, you will be contacted to proceed in the onboarding experience. 

3.  Complete Hands-on training.  The Adult and Junior volunteer will complete training sessions together.  Hands on training includes:

  • Animal Handling protocols 
  • How to safely approach and interact with shelter animals
  • Cleaning protocols 
4.  Complete Introduction to Enrichment Class. The Adult and Junior volunteer will complete training sessions together. 
This class give you an intro to basic training, games and enrichment you can do with the animals. 

Once you have completed Hands-on Training & Introduction to Enrichment Class,  you are considered registered volunteers, and can start volunteering! Congrats!  

Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours do junior volunteers need to commit to?
Junior volunteers must complete a minimum of 2 hours a month. You are welcome and encouraged to visit as often as you can, and log more than 2 hours!
Can I volunteer with another junior volunteer?
Yes, as long as at least one of the parents/guardians is also present. There is a limit of two junior volunteers per parent/guardian.
Can I volunteer with my sibling?
Yes, but your sibling must be over the age of 18 to be considered a parent/guardian figure. They must also have gone through the application and orientation process and be a registered volunteer. 
My child wants to volunteer in cat adopt, but I'm allergic. Can they still volunteer in the room alone?
No, they would not be able to volunteer in any adoption room without direct supervision. Parents or guardians must be with the junior volunteer at all times. They may volunteer with a sibling that is over 18 or an alternative guardian that has completed volunteer application and orientation if that is the case. 
My child is under 12, but very mature. Can they be a junior volunteer?
Unfortunately no, we cannot approve any applications for children under 12 to be apart of our junior volunteer program due to liability limitations. We also limit the age due to high demand, so that we can best serve those who are currently enrolled in the program.
Do you provide junior volunteer service groups?
No, unfortunately, we are not able to provide that service at this time due to liability limitations. We are able to do tours for small groups of children, but not service groups. 
My child wants to volunteer, but I am not able to become a registered volunteer. What now?
A guardian over the age of 18 is acceptable, as long as they complete the application and orientation process to become a registered volunteer. They must also sign a waiver stating that they are responsible for the junior volunteer while they are visiting the shelter. 
I can only volunteer in the summer. Can I still be a junior volunteer?
Currently, we are not able to offer a summer volunteer program. We ask for a 6-month commitment for volunteering to keep a stable and consistent volunteer base. You can complete hours at home during the school year as well by completing projects such a blanket making, making cat toys, etc. Reach out to our volunteer coordinator for more ideas on how to complete your hours during the school year!
I have a Child/Group of Children that wants to read to the animals. Can we come volunteer?
SFAHS does not have the facilities to provide reading groups. Registered JR Volunteers may read to the animals with their parent or guardian present, but we are unable to accommodate unregistered volunteers or   groups of minors. 

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