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Mission Statement

Give a Dog a Bone is dedicated to providing quality of life to the Custody/Isolation dogs sheltered at San Francisco Animal Care and Control during the full duration of their stay. We take responsibility for their well-being through social interactions, emotional sustenance, mental stimulation (through positive training and games), physical exercise (including games, play, and agility), and stimuli in each dog's kennel. Through this environmental enrichment, we strengthen the human/animal bond with each dog in the Give a Dog a Bone Program one dog at a time.

Give a Dog a Bone is committed to raising awareness and compassion about the lives of Custody/Isolation dogs everywhere and committed to sharing this program as a model for other animal agencies.



GIVE A DOG A BONE (www.gadab.org), a pioneer non-profit organization in the animal welfare field, is looking for experienced dog handlers. We are a volunteer-driven organization. We provide environmental enrichment to over 250 dogs per year who are placed in long term shelter care at the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control. Typically, these animals are the subject of ongoing cruelty investigations or other violations of animal-related laws. What we do for these dogs is quality of life. Without GADAB, these dogs would have very limited human interaction or socialization. Our dogs can be challenging, difficult, charming, and you will probably fall in love several times. Through our program, some of our dogs will be made available for adoption, some will be returned to owners, and for some, the shelter will be their last home and we will be the last people who love them. It is very rewarding and can also be very emotionally intense.

Give a Dog a Bone was founded in December 1999 and has been officially endorsed by the ASPCA, the SF/SPCA, the Animal Rescue Foundation (founded by Tony La Russa), and the San Francisco Welfare Commission. We have been profiled by local and national newspapers and magazines (San Francisco Chronicle, People, and The Bark).

Do you consider yourself "good" with animals, particularly dogs? Do you love them, enjoy them, think they're funny, believe they have feelings and are capable of expressing emotions? Do you adore touching, stroking, and giving them belly rubs? Are you comfortable with them? Do you want to learn more about dogs and do you have about three hours a week to give?

If you have some training under your belt, all the better. We use positive reinforcement, we will train you, and we will give you lifelong dog skills.
If you are qualified and interested, please contact us!

Just go to www.gadab.org and click on the volunteer bone for volunteer info.
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