2116 Arlington Ave #100, Los Angeles, Ca 90018
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k9 connection

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We are looking for creative, passionate, empathetic individuals to partner with the k9 staff in mentoring, educating and inspiring our students. k9 connection’s year-around programs in continuation high schools offer teens the opportunity to break through learning and life barriers by training and bonding with homeless dogs. Each three-week session requires a minimum commitment of three days per week for two hours each day. While it is not essential to have dog training expertise or group facilitation experience, a comfort level around dogs is necessary as is an enthusiasm to engage in group discussions using active listening and sharing.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays
How you help Volunteers are the heart and soul of k9. Without dedicated individuals like you, we would be unable to serve our community. We rely on the generosity of volunteers to effectively serve the most vulnerable youth and homeless dogs. It is life-changing for everyone involved!
About us k9 connection offers free services benefitting teens, shelter dogs, and pets & people experiencing homelessness through its two projects - k9 Academy and Pets' Landing. The k9 Academy Project is comprised of in-school programs (founded in 2005) and k9 Online virtual courses (new in 2020). Through year-round programs in continuation high schools, k9 Academy empowers students by engaging them in three-week sessions where they train homeless dogs in basic obedience and gain life skills in the classroom. In the process, they learn to apply the lessons they teach the dogs to their own lives while experiencing trust, teamwork, responsibility, patience, empathy, unconditional love and success. k9 Online offers the same curriculum and pairs new students with k9 Interns as their mentors. Together they engage in virtual adoptions and visits to a local shelter. The Pets' Landing Project serves pets of people experiencing homelessness through free pet care clinics throughout the year on the Westside and in Skid Row. These include: physical exams, vaccinations, parasite control, spay/neuter vouchers and grooming at our Skid Row events. Also offered are: emergency mobile pet doctor visits; help with serious medical procedures and medications as needed; distribution of pet food, flea medication, leashes, collars, toys, blankets, bowls and other supplies; virtual dog training; assistance with pet adoptions; and "Life on Paws," where residents at The People Concern congregate living sites can enjoy visits with registered therapy dogs.
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