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Teen / Junior Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This page contains a number of answers to frequently asked questions about our Teen/Junior program. Click on the links below to quickly navigate the information on this page:

Does my parent or legal guardian need to attend the orientation?
Is there a "wait list"?
What if I can't make it to the posted Enrollment date?
What if my parent has already attended a TVAR "Adult Orientation"? Do I still have to enroll in and attend a "Teen/Junior Orientation" to participate in the Teen/Junior Program?
Are there opportunities other than the Teen/Junior Program for volunteers under 18?
Can I count my hours of volunteering on the Teen/Junior Program for a Community Service requirement/project?
Can groups (Clubs, Scouts, etc.) participate in the Teen/Junior Program?


Does my parent or legal guardian need to attend the orientation?

Only if you are a Junior Volunteer (ages 10 to 12). Parents of all Teen Volunteers (ages 13 to 17) are encouraged, but not required, to attend the orientation and are welcome to attend any session of the Teen/Junior program. NOTE: be sure you have transportation arranged to pick you up at 5:30, as the shelter closes at that time.

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Is there a "wait list"?

No because we do not have the adult volunteer support to manage a wait list. The best way to get up-to-date info is to check the HOW TO GET STARTED section of the main Teen/Junior page (scroll about half way down the page). The most current status will be posted there. If you still have questions, call the Teen/Junior coordinator to clarify.

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What if I can't make it to the posted Enrollment date?

After the posted Enrollment has been completed, the next Enrollment date will be determined and posted on the website, so that you can plan accordingly. NOTE: If the date posted on the website is in the past, then we are in the process of determining the next Enrollment date. You can still review the info for the process and then check back to see if the actual date has been set.

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What if my parent has already attended a TVAR "Adult Orientation"? Do I still have to enroll in and attend a "Teen/Junior Orientation" to participate in the Teen/Junior Program?

Yes. They are separate programs. Due to the age and number of volunteers participating at one time, the Teen/Junior Program has some specific rules and guidelines that are important to cover.

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Are there opportunities other than the Teen/Junior Program for volunteers under 18?

Your parent can attend the next adult orientation (see New Volunteer Orientation Schedule). Once the parent is trained through the "buddy" system, then your parent can train you and you can accompany your parent anytime the shelter is open (11:30a-5:30p daily).

Also, you are welcome to go to the Farmer's Market in downtown Pleasanton on Saturday mornings from 9:30a-1p. The volunteers there can discuss volunteering with you and show you the ropes of animal adoptions.

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Can I count my hours of volunteering on the Teen/Junior Program for a Community Service requirement/project?

Possibly- you will need to check with whoever is assigning the CS/project to have them confirm for you that volunteering in our program will meet their assigned criteria. It is your responsibility to determine if there are a sufficient number of sessions to complete hours needed. It is not possible to customize volunteering for a project nor can we accommodate anyone who is not already participating in the program or signed up for an orientation. Only hours that can be verified in on the Teen/Junior Sign-In log can be signed off for Community Service. Note: ECAS staff and other TVAR volunteers cannot sign-off Community Service hours, as they are not directly supervising you, so plan accordingly.

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Can groups (Clubs, Scouts, etc.) participate in the Teen/Junior Program?

Logistically, the Teen/Junior Program does not work easily for a group, but individuals of groups and/or their parents are welcome to participate in an Enrollment.

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