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The Animal Pad always needs Transporters who are comfortable handling and transporting dogs to and from wherever they need to be within San Diego! The majority of our transport needs center around making sure our foster dogs can get to all of their vetting appointments (primarily at our own HQ/care facility, sometimes outside veterinary offices for surgeries) and adoption events that their foster is unable to bring them to. We are also sometimes in need of supply drops to our fosters as well as pick-ups, although this is much less frequent. Transporting is often overlooked because it doesn't seem quite as "glamorous" as adoption events, but having that quality, one-on-one time with the dogs and getting to build your own personal connection with them is truly second to none!

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

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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, CA that focuses on saving dogs from the streets of Mexico and high kill shelters. We get them the vet care they need, place them in foster homes and then find them loving forever families. Our mission is to form a safe space for dogs experiencing crisis and neglect, and to build a community of compassion through education, rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption. Our community of volunteers and fosters strives to ensure that all dogs get a fighting chance, and believes that no case is too extreme to be helped - meaning our rescue is full of perfectly imperfect dogs who can’t wait to meet you! Being operated solely by volunteers and funded entirely by donations, none of what we do could be possible without our dedicated team!


Here at TAP, we give voice to the voiceless and our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find them the best homes possible. Founded in 2010, The Animal Pad is volunteer run and funded entirely by donations. 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.

If you're interested in any of our volunteer opportunities and getting involved in a cause bigger than any of us, please head over to our website and fill out a volunteer application online:


Animals, Community


We'll work with your schedule.


San DiegoSan Diego, CA 92103


  • Transportation Management
  • Customer Service
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Transportation


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • This is an ongoing volunteer role.

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