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Shanti - San Francisco

The mission of PAWS is to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for those most vulnerable in our community, through pet food, subsidized vet care, and volunteer supportive services; dog-walking, in-home cat care, transports to vet visits, and emergency pet fostering. All of our clients are low-income San Francisco residents who are seniors (over 60 years old) and/or living with a disabling illness or condition. We serve about 600 people and their 800 pets each year.


The role of "Ask The Vet" Volunteer Veterinarian is to lead drop-in consults with PAWS clients.

When: First Tuesdays of the month, with the exception of major holidays, (2pm-5pm) and many Saturdays (10am-1pm)

Where: PAWS Office


  • Volunteer Veterinarians must be licensed in California
  • Volunteer Veterinarians must carry their own malpractice insurance
  • Minimum of one year experience working in a veterinary environment
  • Perform animal restraint and animal handling tasks within a limited clinic environment
  • Attend a PAWS Training: a one-time Tuesday evening 3-hour session to learn about PAWS history, services and clients
  • Sign up and attend at least 4 consults over a 6-month period. Volunteers are welcome to do more shifts than this if they able and available
  • Attend PAWS Volunteer Veterinary Committee meetings, 2 hours, twice a year
  • Comfort working with PAWS client population


  • Sign in clients and their pets*
  • Pull client files*
  • Prepare paperwork for each client visit*
  • Lift pets and provide animal restraint as needed
  • Provide basic exams (e.g. vital signs, physical exams, non-surgical wound care, administering ear drops, subcutaneous fluids, etc)
  • Record consult visit details
  • Perform nail trims and anal gland expressions
  • Counsel/education clients on pet health issues
  • Communicate with PAWS Care Navigators regarding client/pet issues as appropriate
  • Meet clients where they are at

*= on "Ask The Vet" days when there is no Volunteer Vet Tech present

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About Shanti - San Francisco


730 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, US

Mission Statement

Shanti enhances the quality of life, health and well-being of people living with life-threatening illnesses, including Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS.


Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, Shanti has been at the forefront of a growing national movement to enhance the quality of life for persons living with life-threatening or chronic illnesses by providing volunteer-based emotional and practical support.

Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning "inner peace" or "tranquility". It is an appropriate name since, ultimately, all of Shanti's direct service and educational programs are aimed at easing the burdens and improving the well-being of people in difficult life situations.

Key to the success of Shanti's mission is the Shanti Model of Peer Support, which is both a philosophy and a set of techniques that are used throughout our work. It is a way of being with another person that frees both parties to be fully who they are and communicate their feelings to one another. It is a way of being which allows two persons to meet as equals. It is a way of relating to others that is characterized by certain values and attitudes.

Definition of Peer
We define peer as someone who is not necessarily like us in obvious ways, but is someone with whom we share a basic humanity; someone with whom we are equals. All people share universal human experiences. By virtue of this shared humanity, we are all peers. The Shanti Model of Peer Support is based on this equality.

Values Underlying the Shanti Model of Peer Support

  • mutual respect
  • positive regard
  • empowerment of the client (the assumption that the client has the solutions to his or her own problems and does not need your advice of direction)
  • genuineness (being oneself, authenticity)
  • acceptance of differences (does not mean agreement, but acceptance based on respect)
  • empathy (allowing oneself to feel with another person)
  • intention to be of service


We'll work with your schedule.


3170 23rd St.San Francisco, CA 94110



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Veterinary




  • Orientation or Training

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