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Fundraising and adoption events are absolutely crucial to us at The Animal Pad all-breed dog rescue for a number of reasons - namely spreading the word about who we are and what we do, raising much needed funds, and of course helping our adoptable dogs meet their forever families! We couldn't be a part of as many events as we are without our incredible team of Event Volunteers!

We typically host, or are involved in about 4-6 events each month within San Diego County, and always need volunteers to attend and help ensure that they run smoothly. There are multiple ways to help, whether it's picking up event supplies at our TAP HQ in La Mesa (we'll show you around HQ beforehand!), transporting those supplies to/from events (always back to HQ), or helping run the event itself - all of these tasks are very helpful and always needed! While certain events will have one-off tasks such as selling raffle and drink tickets or working the bake sale table, generally all events entail TAP volunteers helping to run the merch table, handling our adoptable pups and giving them love, refilling empty water bowls, etc. Volunteers are almost always needed to help with both set-up ~30 minutes before the event starts, as well as teardown ~30 minutes post-event. We also sometimes need help with transport of TAP pups - aka "Dog Dashing" - to/from events and their foster homes! All TAP adoption events are on weekends, with the occasional fundraiser or TAP Tribe meetup taking place on a weekday. Ideally, each volunteer could commit to at least one event per month. Event volunteering is one of the best ways to directly make a difference for these deserving dogs and support our rescue efforts, all while kickin' it with some good people and some even better dogs!

As a side note - we would absolutely love it if these volunteers took pictures and videos during events they're involved in so we can post on TAP's social media outlets! We'd like to start making TikToks after each event that highlights the fun from that day, so if anyone who's TikTok savvy would ever like to help with that, we would love that!

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

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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: https://theanimalpad.org/volunteer/


Animals, Community


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations La Mesa, CA 91941



  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Event Management


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • This is an ongoing, in-person volunteer role.

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