Help Spark the Magic of Bringing Teens and Dogs Together!

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Mon Feb 03, 2014 - Fri Nov 14, 2014


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

Homeless dogs become more adoptable and at-risk teens find friendship and support from the dog they train


What is k9 connection?

K9 connection believes that vulnerable teens deserve an environment where they can experience trust and develop patience, responsibility and empathy.

K9 connection also believes that shelter dogs deserve an opportunity to be trained in a way they can become adoptable and to live in a permanent, loving home.

The magic that results in bringing teens and shelter dogs together in experience-based programs inspires unconditional love as a catalyst for critical change.

Now in its 9th year, k9 connection has served 564 youth and placed 393 shelter dogs in permanent homes.

But we need your help!

We are looking for volunteers who can help for a few days each week during our three-week programs. Each program weekday consists of two hours overall: one hour assisting students who are learning to train their dogs with the help of our professional trainer; and one hour in the classroom assisting the students with their goal work and various learning exercises (while also keeping their dogs calm)!

If you'd like to help teens in continuation high schools with their goal of graduating AND be part of the solution so that homeless dogs can be trained and become adoptable...then you will love k9 connection!

If interested, please send us an email at: and we'll be happy to send you an application - Thanks!


  • Youth Services
  • Animal Welfare
  • Dog handling
  • 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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