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The Animal Pad


We are looking to add to our Home Check team! Home checks are CRUCIAL in ensuring that we always send a foster or adopted pup to a safe, stable environment, and into a loving home.
This entails the volunteer coordinating with the foster or adopter and going to their home to check it out and make sure it is suitable for our dogs. We'll let you know what to look for, but it is mostly just common sense stuff, such as making sure their home is safe, they have a fenced yard (if applicable), aren't dog hoarders, etc. A home check only happens when we have a new foster who has not worked with us before, or when someone wants to adopt one of our pups.

***Please note that we are currently conducting virtual home checks ONLY (via video chat) due to rising COVID numbers in SD county.***

***A statement on Covid-19 and Home Checks:*** We understand that everyone's situation and comfort levels around Covid-19 are different. Out of respect for our team's safety and the safety of our applicants, we ask that you always wear a mask when performing home checks. Additionally, we will accommodate virtual home checks on a case by case basis, depending on the comfort level of those involved. The procedure for virtual home checks will follow the same procedures as in-person home checks.

If this is something you would be interested in, please fill out an a Volunteer Application on our website: https://theanimalpad.org/volunteer/volunteer-application/

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About The Animal Pad



Mission Statement

The Animal Pad is a non profit, all breed dog rescue based in San Diego, California. We are 100% Volunteer Run, donation based 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. 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. Here at TAP, we give voice to the voiceless and our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find them the best homes possible.
If you are interested in any of our Volunteer Opportunities, please head over to our website and fill out an online Volunteer Application: www.theanimalpad.org



We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Customer Service
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking


  • People 55+


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

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