Coach Incarcerated Youth as They Train Shelter Dogs!


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Thu Feb 09, 2017 03:00 PM - Tue Apr 04, 2017 05:30 PM


840 Guadalupe ParkwaySan Jose, CA 95131


We are preparing for our second Canines Teaching Compassion Program at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall in San Jose, and we need a Dog Chauffeur on Thursdays 3:00pm-5:30pm.

UnChained pairs homeless dogs with at risk youth: the youth learn positive communication and teamwork through teaching the dogs good manners, social skills and basic commands! This training increases the dogs' chances of finding a forever home--dogs with basic skills are 50% more likely to be adopted--while it strengthens the youth's capacity for compassion, responsibility, creativity and bonding. Everyone wins!

GET INVOLVED: If you're interested in volunteering with us, we would love to hear from you! Please fill our our Volunteer Application at:

VOLUNTEER ROLE: Our chauffeurs will help to transport dogs to Juvenile Hall and home as well as attend the classes at to support with dog handling and safety. If you love seeing people transformed through interactions with dogs and have some experience with dog handling or behavior, then this is a great role for you! Youth in our program are incarcerated, so volunteers should prepare to enter the facility with an open mind, to withhold judgements and to be sensitive to maintaining confidentiality of the youth.

TIME COMMITMENT: Chauffeurs spend time driving the dogs from pickup location to class and the time commitment varies. Usually about 30-1hr or pre class driving and 30-1hr post class driving. The Chauffeur supports one class day per week, and spend approximately 1.5 hours per class with the youth and dogs as well as a 30 minute pre-class meeting and a 30 minute debrief meeting.

OTHER: Chauffeur volunteers will need to be able to pass a background check in order to enter the Juvenile Hall facility. This may include fingerprinting or providing additional information such as your birthdate and driver's license number.


  • Child Development
  • Mentoring
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 Hours/Week for 6 Months

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