Teen - Junior Program

Animals and Youth Helping One Another... That's What It Is All About

If you are between the ages of 10 to 17  TVAR has a program just for you.

You will become a teen or junior volunteer and assist TVAR in socializing the dogs and cats at the East County Animal Shelter in Dublin.


What you should know about this program

WHO: Teens (Age 13-17 yrs) and Juniors (Age 10-12 yrs).
Parent/Guardian must directly accompany each Junior Volunteer throughout each session. Parents of Teens Volunteers are always welcome at any sessions.

The Tri-Valley Animal Rescue's Teen/Junior program accommodates individual volunteers. It is not practical for organized groups or short-term community service projects.

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4:00pm and 5:30pm.
Sessions may be limited or cancelled due to weather conditions, availability of adult supervisors, Alameda County staff designated situations and closures.

After the Mandatory Enrollment and Orientation sessions, this is a drop-in program, limited to the days and times stated above.

WHERE: East County Animal Shelter (ECAS).
4595 Gleason Drive in Dublin

WHAT: Volunteers interact with stray and/or owner-surrendered dogs and cats at the shelter.
Volunteers walk, groom, and socialize dogs in an outdoor get-acquainted area and walk dogs on leash in the designated area behind the shelter, weather permitting.

Volunteers socialize cats and kittens in their cages.

Note: To keep them as healthy as possible, shelter staff excludes puppy socialization by members of the public and by TVAR volunteers. Staff and supervisors may exclude other animals for health or safety reasons.

WHY: Socialization promotes the adoptability of the animals while youngsters benefit from volunteering their time and talents.
This interaction gives the animals much appreciated attention. It familiarizes TVAR with information/feedback about the animals’ needs and behavior patterns to find new or foster homes for them. It is a great learning tool for the young adults about caring for animals.

HISTORY: This program, started in April, 1994, is operating at the ECAS facility. It continues to evolve, as we strive to reduce risk and to conduct an effective program for our young adult volunteers and to benefit the animals we are dedicated to help.

We believe it is a WIN/WIN for both the animals and the young adults. We can and do make a difference to the continued well-being of these animals that are housed at the shelter, either as strays or as owner-surrendered pets.

SUPERVISORS: Adults are needed to facilitate this program that allows young people in our community to help the stray and homeless animals that come into the ECAS.

Come by on a Tuesday or Thursday between 4 and 5:30PM to check it out, talk with the current volunteers and see if this volunteer opportunity is a match for you.

Contact Nancy Metz (925) 462-9679/lucyfur@pacbell.net for info on how you can help.

Shelter Information

East County Animal Shelter (ECAS)
4595 Gleason Dr, Dublin, CA 94568
Tel: (925) 803-7040

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Human hand is touching a cute little doggie paw through a fence of a adoption centre.


For your safety and for the safety of the animals you will be helping, you must follow the two steps outlined below before you can volunteer in the program itself.

Step 1: Attend the Enrollment session

Your next opportunity to sign-up for an orientation will be at the Enrollment Meeting to be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The Enrollment will be between 3 and 5 PM. You must come to this enrollment to find out about dates and times and sign up for one of the orientations that will be held in late January through April, 2020.

We will meet in the conference room at the shelter, so follow the signs that will be posted at the shelter by 3 pm on the Enrollment date.

To enable the shelter to carry on business as usual, we ask that you park along Barnet Blvd (west side of shelter) and that you direct questions concerning the Enrollment to TVAR volunteers and not to the shelter staff.

At the Enrollment, you can ask questions and will complete a TVAR membership form and you will be given a Parental Permission Form for Minor Volunteers to be reviewed, signed and be returned at your scheduled Orientation. Both are requisite for participation in the program. This process should take ~15 minutes, i.e. you do not need to be there for the whole 2 hours.

NOTE: If you want to walk through the shelter to view the animals as a member of the public, remember that anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Step 2: Attend the Orientation session

After completing the Enrollment Session and submitting the Parental Permission Forms, an Orientation takes place on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays (approximately every other week) from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Each session can accommodate five (5) new volunteers.

If it is past the Enrollment date above, 1) contact the Program Coordinator or 2) check back to the website in a few weeks for the next Enrollment date.


Current Information

The Teen/Junior Program is currently suspended due to  COVID restrictions.

Upcoming Program Dates

For More information

Please contact NANCY METZ the Teen/Junior program coordinator:  Call: (925) 462-9679  or  Email: lucyfur@pacbell.net