Building Young Lives, One Dog At a Time

Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Culver CityContinuation High SchoolsSanta Monica, CA 90404

While training homeless dogs to facilitate their adoption, teens experience the unconditional love that dogs provide and develop responsibility, empathy and patience.


k9 connection's programs in continuation high schools offer teens the opportunity to break through learning and life barriers by training and bonding with homeless dogs. See our website at: for details and a video of the program.

With only two full-time staff, volunteers are essential to the programs. The minimum volunteer commitment is for one, three-week program per year; preferred attendance is three days each week for a total of nine days. k9 presents seven programs a year.

We're looking for creative, passionate, empathetic individuals to partner with k9 staff in three-week programs with teens and dogs, two hours a day, Monday through Friday. Each day consists of dog training led by an experienced dog trainer followed by circle discussions in a classroom.

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. A belief in the power of respect, caring and patient intervention for both the dogs and youth is all you need to begin making a difference for these two underserved populations. Skillful interaction will improve with on the job experience accompanied by continuing in-service training offered throughout the year.

If interested, you can download an application from our website: or, if you prefer you can send us an email at: and we'll be happy to send you an application - Thanks!


  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Youth Services
  • Teaching / Instruction

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4-5 days per week during a two-week session
  • application, phone interview and in-person visit
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