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Just as The Animal Pad is an all-breed dog rescue, we are an "all people" rescue too.
We pride ourselves on our inclusivity, and are overjoyed to announce that our newly launched youth program for awesome kids wanting to make a difference for our dogs is finally here! This in-person volunteer role on the Youth Volunteer Team will be performed onsite at our TAP HQ/medical clearing facility in La Mesa. (4620 Avocado Blvd, La Mesa 91941)

For young volunteers whose parents will be accompanying and actively supervising/volunteering with them, there is no age limit! Of course depending on youth volunteer's age, the options at HQ will vary as we tailor each kid's volunteering experience for their respective age. For young volunteers who will be helping out without the supervision of their parents, our age requirement is 10+. These volunteers will be under the supervision of our Youth Volunteer Coordinators, and possible days of the week for volunteering will be fluid depending on both the coordinator's and kiddo's availability.
These youth volunteers would be helping out with various age-appropriate tasks around HQ, as well as cuddling and interacting with the pups at our facility who we know are kid friendly! We are thrilled to be able to offer such a hands-on opportunity for the youngsters, and even more thrilled to be able to do our part in helping to inspire the future of rescue!

If this is something you would be interested in, please fill out an 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, 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:


Children & Youth
Animals, Children & Youth, Community


We'll work with your schedule.


4620 Avocado BlvdLa Mesa, CA 91941



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • Group


  • Must be at least 10
  • Orientation or Training
  • This is an ongoing volunteer role specifically for young volunteers.

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