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k9 connection

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teen & dog together
While training homeless dogs to facilitate their adoption, teens experience the unconditional love that dogs provide and develop responsibility, empathy and patience.

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, empathetic individuals to partner with the k9 staff in mentoring, educating and inspiring our students.

During any of our eleven 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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Animals Children & Youth Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Various Continuation High Schools (SM, Culver CityVenice, West LA, & DTLA)Los Angeles, CA 90018


  • 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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