Shelter Program
East County Animal Shelter (ECAS)

Want to make a difference to homeless dogs and cats at the East County Animal Shelter (ECAS)?

At the East County Animal Shelter (ECAS) located at 4595 Gleason Dr. in Dublin, TVAR volunteers play a critical part in helping the county deal with the many homeless dogs and cats that end up there through no fault of their own. 

Shelter volunteers are critical to the lives and well-being of the dogs and cats at the shelter and help keep these deserving animals happy and less stressed during their time at the shelter.


Shelter volunteers provide love and nurturing.

Volunteers provide so much to these animals by participating in socialization activities!  For dogs: walks and play time and even training opportunities; for cats:  play time in cat socializing rooms.  Our most experienced volunteers also assist the public with adoptions. 

These activities are incredibly rewarding when you see the look of gratitude in these animals’ faces when they get to leave their kennels/cages and receive love and attention from the shelter volunteers.

REQUIREMENTS TO SOCIALIZE DOGS AND CATS AT THE SHELTER

 
Be at least 18 years-of-age AND out of High School

Be able to volunteer independently

Be able to commit to scheduling and volunteering at least 8 hours per month for 6 months

Attend an orientation session at ECAS, 4595 Gleason Drive, (the tan building with the teal roof)

NOTE – you do not need to sign up for orientation but please arrive 5 minutes before the class starts.
If you have a question about orientation, please send an email to orientation@tvar.org

All shelter volunteers MUST attend an orientation

After attending an orientation session, and deciding if you want to socialize dogs or cats, you must:

  • REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER
  • SIGN UP FOR A SHELTER TRAINING SESSION.

To attend a training session, you must contact one of the instructors and sign up for a session of your choosing.

Important

You must bring a copy of your registration statement showing you have agreed to the liability waiver and code of conduct or you will not be allowed to participate or attend the training session and will have to reschedule!

Upcoming Sessions

Shelter Training Sessions

East County Animal Shelter

4595 Gleason Drive, Dublin, CA 94568

NOTE: this is the tan building with teal roof, not the mustard and maroon East Bay SPCA building next door.

  • You must contact an instructor to make an appointment from the list below to ensure a spot in their class.
  • Please arrive promptly for your session or notify your Buddy in advance if you need to cancel.
  • To attend a training session, you must bring a copy of your registration showing you have signed the liability waiver and code of conduct.

Dog Instruction Schedule

SESSION DATESSESSION TIMESINSTRUCTORCONTACT
1st Friday of each month11:30am–1:30pmNancy Nilssenmark_nancy_nilssen@comcast.net
2nd Wednesday of each month10:30am–12:30pmNo Instructor currently
3rd Wednesday of each month1:00pm–3:00pmNo instructor currently
3rd Saturday of each month
12:00pm – 2:00pmElizabeth Bondzelda7meb@yahoo.com
3rd Sunday of each month
10:30pm – 12:30pmKari Petznickcatsfurr@comcast.net

Cat Instruction Schedule

SESSION DAYSESSION TIMEINSTRUCTORCONTACT
Weekdays by appointmentBy appointmentAlayna Ilmainailmain@hotmail.com
Weekends by appointmentBy appointmentErin Fredricksonerintracie@comcast.net
Weekends by appointmentBy appointmentJanice Lawrencejlaw1971@yahoo.com
Weekends by appointmentBy appointmentKari Petznickcatsfurr@comcast.net