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May 26, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

We’re fast approaching the time of year when we hear from younger supporters looking for volunteer opportunities and community service hours. We’re happy to have both! Junior volunteer opportunities are open to kids age 13-17. We require a commitment of two hours per week for six months; the half-year commitment is because we put a good amount of time into training each new volunteer and because we feel young volunteers get a far richer experience than they would if they just popped in and out for a few weeks. The volunteer positions are pretty cool. Kids can spend time caring for tiny kittens in our nursery, playing “mom” for kittens who come into our care without them. Kids age 16-17 do this on their own; 13-15 year-olds must have one parent with them. We treat our Dog and Cat TLC volunteer positions the same, with parent involvement required for 13-15 years old. Dog TLC volunteers exercise and socialize shelter pups, while cat helpers offer our kitties playtime, grooming, exercise and socialization. A volunteer role at our secondhand store — the Pick of the Litter on Chula Vista Avenue in Burlingame — isn’t for every young person, but we definitely have some hipsters and old souls among our local youth. As a store volunteer, they would help us accept donated items, sort them and get them ready for sale. Finally, junior age volunteers can also help in our Wildlife Rescue Center, located on the middle floor of our Center for Compassion, above adoptable dogs on our first floor and below adoptable cats on our third floor. If you have a child age 15-17 interested in (or needing!) community service hours, we can accommodate. To sign-up for short-term projects (10-15 hours max) contact our Volunteer Services Director Brian Probst at 650/340-7022, ext. 328 or bprobst@PHS-SPCA.org.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.



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