The Many Ways Junior Volunteers Give Back


The Humane Society of Ventura County is very lucky to have volunteers of all ages. Our Junior Volunteer Program allows children who are ten years or older to begin making a difference in the lives of animals in our county. These volunteers, along with their parents, work to teach dogs and cats the joys of playing ball, chasing toys, and cuddling in our laps. It also gives the shelter a chance to learn how the animals do with children in a safe and healthy environment.

Junior volunteers bring unparalleled joy with them when they come to see and visit the dogs and cats. It's hard not to smile! One of the best parts of our junior volunteer program is that it allows families to come and volunteer together. There is something for everyone to do and it's a great bonding experience. Families work with the animals together as a team, and it is a great learning opportunity for all.

Becoming a junior volunteer isn't hard. Junior volunteers need an 18 year or older adult to volunteer with them and come to a General Orientation. Contact our volunteer coordinator to learn more!

Along with our junior volunteers, we are lucky to have so many local schools who have animal lovers and students who want to volunteer. These students come in groups about once a week and spend their time working with the dogs and cats. Along with the socializing, they often work together to gather donations, make toys, and even dog treats! It's a happy day at the shelter when the students bring home-made dog treats.

If you are a school group who is interested in becoming volunteers, we offer specialized training sessions to get you started right away. Our volunteer coordinator is happy to set up training classes. she can be reached at (805)646-6505 x110 or by email at [email protected].

Thank you to Nancy, Coral, and Malayna from Valley Oak Charter School for volunteering your time with our animals today!

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