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k9 connection

Our fourth program of the school year is taking place at Cheviot Hills High School in West LA.

The 10-day program runs from Monday, December 2 - Friday, December 13, and the volunteer hours run from 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm Monday - Friday. If interested in joining us, we ask that you volunteer for three days each week and plan your schedule to include the first day (12/2) and the last two days (12/12 and 12/13) for graduation.

If you're not able to volunteer for this program, stay tuned for our spring program schedule!

Please read below for a general description of our volunteer opportunities; we look forward to having you join our k9 connection team!

k9 connection’s year-round programs in continuation high schools offer teens the opportunity to break through learning and life barriers by training and bonding with homeless dogs. Experiential learning enables the teens to find self esteem, self determination and empathy while they in turn enable shelter dogs to develop the skills to be adopted into permanent loving homes. Visit our website at: for details and a video overview of the program.

With only two full-time staff, k9 connection relies on the generosity of volunteers to effectively serve these two vulnerable populations - teens and shelter dogs. We are looking for creative, passionate, empathic individuals to partner with the k9 staff in mentoring, educating and inspiring our students.

During any of our 9 three-week programs, the minimum volunteer commitment is three days per week for two hours each day. Heavy attendance is required in order to form a bond with the students and gain their trust. While it is not essential to have dog training expertise or group facilitation experience, a comfort level around dogs is necessary as is an enthusiasm to engage in group discussions using active listening and sharing. Each day consists of an hour of dog training led by an experienced dog trainer followed by an hour in the classroom.

If interested, you can download an application from our website: or, if you prefer, you can send us an email at: Thanks!

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About k9 connection


2116 Arlington Ave., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90018, US

Mission Statement

k9 connection is a non-profit 501(c)(3) project of The People Concern (formerly OPCC & Lamp Community). Since 2005, k9 connection has brought the magic of dogs and kids together. In our innovative programs vulnerable teens train homeless shelter dogs in basic obedience, helping the dogs to become more adoptable. k9 connection empowers students to apply the lessons they teach the dogs to their own lives: to develop an awareness of the risks of uncontrolled and impulsive behavior, and to believe in the power of positive reinforcement as an alternative to force and violence. k9 connection aids teens in becoming responsible community members by focusing on goal setting, personal accountability and personal motivation.


k9 connection selects dogs from Los Angeles area shelters & rescues to participate in year-round programs designed to educate and inspire teens in challenging situations. Intensive two-to-three week programs are designed specifically for counselor-referred teens at participating schools; concluding with a graduation celebration and the placement of each dog in a permanent home.


Mon Dec 02, 2019 - Fri Dec 13, 2019
12:15 PM - 02:45 PM  


Cheviot Hills High School9200 Cattaraugus AveLos Angeles, CA 90034


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 days per week (Monday-Friday) during a three-week session
  • Application, phone interview and on-site orientation

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