Temporary Pet Foster Volunteers Needed for Seniors!

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Shanti - San Francisco


PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support) is a program of a nonprofit called Shanti Project whose mission is to battle isolation and foster community and connection!

PAWS program helps to preserve, support and nurture the human-animal bond for those most vulnerable in our community through volunteer supportive services, ie: 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.

PAWS is in need of more emergency pet foster volunteers!! We never know when a client will need to be separated from their animal companion due to circumstances such as severe illness, hospital stays, and housing crises. We depend on our foster care volunteers to take in a client's cat or dog into their own home, and give love and companionship to the beloved animal during this difficult time. Our goal is to ensure that their pet--who is sometimes their only source of love and support-- is in good hands while they are away. The last thing we want is for our clients to be concerned for the well-being of their pet. PAWS provides all food and supplies to care for the pet as well as vouchers for vet visits as needed.

If you are interested in spreading some love to some animals and help out our community, please contact Kayla Smyth at ksmyth@shanti.org or 415-830-7026. Feel free to check out our website for more information https://www.shanti.org/programs-services/pets-are-wonderful-support/

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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
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3170 23rd streetSan FranciscoSan Francisco, CA 94110



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Relationship Building




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • This is an "as needed" volunteer opportunity. There will be a start and end date for each foster request.

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