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The Animal Pad all-breed dog rescue is currently looking for more amazing humans to join our most coveted and most popular volunteer role in the rescue - the TAP Care Team!!
TAP Care Team members work onsite at our medical clearing facility in La Mesa, CA (91941) and are responsible for feeding, cleaning kennels, administering meds, laundry, and hanging out with the fur babies while they await medical clearance before being matched and going to a foster home. This role is our most active and hands-on volunteer opportunity at TAP, and requires the willingness/ability to handle a variety of different dog personalities as well as dogs of all shapes/sizes/breeds (strong pullers, energetic breeds, shy and decompressing dogs, etc.). Care Team volunteers must be able to lift 30 lbs. and feel comfortable handling dogs that pull on leash. Morning and evening shifts are available daily, 365 days of the year! The TAP Care Team is looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of one, 2-hour shift per month (ideally 1 shift/week). Morning shifts (8am to 10am) and Evening shifts (5pm to 7pm) are available on both weekdays and weekends. If you are interested in being considered for the TAP Care Team, please let us know the shifts for which you might potentially be available.

The Animal Pad has become infamous for taking on medical cases that other organizations won't/don't, and as a result you may encounter dogs with specific medical needs during Care Team shifts or while onsite at our facility. Some of these medical cases include:

  • Contagious conditions (which we all wear PPE for, provided by TAP)
  • TVT, aka transmissible venereal tumors (only transmissible via direct cellular contact w/another dog, which looks like visible tumors and occasionally atypical presentations including fluid draining from facial areas)
  • Mobility issues (including dogs who have pending surgeries)
  • Dogs with visible conditions in the process of healing (skin conditions, underweight or sometimes emaciated dogs, etc.
This disclaimer is not meant to scare you away, however, we want to be transparent about the sometimes heartbreaking situations dogs come to us in so that you feel better prepared to work directly with dogs in all manners of condition. Our facility is the first place that many dogs ever receive medical care, regular meals, medications, and TLC from dedicated volunteers, and it takes a village (and time) to rehabilitate dogs and prepare them for foster and adoptive homes.
If you feel this may hinder your ability to work directly with dogs at our facility, THAT IS OKAY! We have many volunteer opportunities at TAP and want to be sure you find the right fit for your comfort level!

***This volunteer role is strictly 18+.***

If this is something you would be interested in, please fill out a Volunteer Application on our website:

2 Shifts

  • morning / 08:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • evening / 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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About The Animal Pad


4620 Avocado Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91941, US

Mission Statement

The Animal Pad is a nonprofit, all-breed dog rescue based in San Diego, California. We are 100% volunteer run and funded solely by donations, and we rescue dogs primarily from the streets of Mexico.


Here at TAP, we give voice to the voiceless and our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find them the best homes possible.

The Animal Pad was founded in 2010 and we are 100% volunteer run and donation based. We rescue dogs primarily off the streets of Mexico, and provide them full medical care and a loving foster home to heal in before they head to their adoptive home. In addition to rescuing, we have an activism arm called TAPACT where we bring the community together to tackle issues that affect dogs in hopes to evoke permanent change.
If you are interested in any of our Volunteer Opportunities, please head over to our website and fill out an online Volunteer Application:


Animals, Community


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts


4620 Avocado BlvdLa Mesa, CA 91941



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity. Rescue truly never stops, and we are consistently bringing in new groups of rescue pups.

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