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Community Service

PLEASE NOTE: In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation and the statewide shelter-in-place order, all ARF Youth Programs are suspended at this time. This page will be updated when programs resume.

Lend a paw and help change the lives of dogs and cats in your community!

There are many fun and interesting things youth and teens can do in their communities to help animals at ARF. Community Service projects are a fantastic way to get volunteer credit for community service requirements, build job skills and gain work experience, or for inclusion on applications for college or scholarships. View our Youth and Group Community Service Guide to learn more.

Looking for more ideas? D.I.Y. Cat and Dog Toy Manual

Getting Started
Students are welcome to complete any of the projects listed in our Youth and Group Community Service Guide. If you have a project idea that is not listed in our guide, please contact ARF's Humane Education staff or call (925) 296-3152 for approval prior to getting started.

Getting Credit
Once your project is completed, please arrange with Humane Education staff a time to bring the final product to ARF. ARF requires all volunteers requesting credit for community service requirements to track and record their hours. Please use the ARF Volunteer Hours Log to document your service hours.

Please note: ARF cannot accommodate requests for court-mandated community service.

For more information, contact us or phone (925) 296-3152.