During these uncertain times, how can we help?
See below to access our COVID-19 Resource Hub, and to explore our growing directory of both COVID-19-specific and virtual volunteering opportunities.
UPDATE re COVID-19: We suspended our spring programming in high schools mid-March and are preparing for a safe return in the fall when LAUSD and SMMUSD resume classes. During the closures, we are continuing to provide essential services to vulnerable members of our community through our Pets' Landing project, which provides free veterinary services and pet supplies to persons experiencing homelessness (PEH).
Despite these difficult circumstances, this is an exciting year for k9 connection as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary. If you'd like to help us celebrate this milestone, please support our Pets' Landing project by participating in our "Hit Us With Your Best Shot" Playing Card Contest through June 20th: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/k9connection. All proceeds benefit the Pets' Landing project and allow us to continue offering these essential services to the community at a time when there are limited resources available. What could be better than giving back while sharing photos of our pups?!
Without a pet and ready to welcome one into your home? Consider adopting/fostering an animal in need through LA Animal Services http://www.laanimalservices.com/.
Stay tuned and feel free to reach out to us for updates! We're all in this together!
Not familiar with k9 connection? Please read below for a general description of our volunteer opportunities.
We typically offer five, three-week programs at various continuation high schools each semester, plus one summer program hosted by the Santa Monica Teen Center. Please contact us if you’re interested and we’ll follow up with specific locations, dates and times once programming resumes in the fall.
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: www.k9connection.org 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 11 three-week programs, the minimum volunteer commitment is three days per week for two hours each day. Consistent 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: https://www.k9connection.org/volunteer/ or, if you prefer, you can send us an email at: email@example.com. Thanks!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
2116 Arlington Ave., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90018, US
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.
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Continuation High SchoolsLos Angeles, CA 90034
May 15, 2020