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Yucaipa Animal Placement Society would like to thank you for your interest in our volunteer program.  Being a nonprofit, we have a very small staff and lots of furry friends who need our help.  That being said, we rely heavily on the support and dedication of our wonderful volunteers to help us fulfill our mission of helping homeless pets in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas.  

Volunteers play a critical role in the day to day operations of the YAPS center performing a variety of tasks from socializing with our furry friends to assisting with adoptions or fundraisers, and everything in between.   No matter the interest, skill set, or age we have a task for you and would love your help!

We offer three different volunteer opportunities depending on your interests and skill level. Individuals under the age of 18 interested in earning community service hours for school credit are encouraged to participate with YAPS through independent fundraising and supply drives.  See below for ideas.

Your volunteer application and waiver must be turned into YAPS office before you can volunteer on the premises for a back ground check.  We do limit the number of applicants per month and all applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis.  You will be contacted when you are eligible to become a volunteer. If it has been 12 months or more since you last volunteered, you will need to submit an application, liability waiver and attend an orientation.  All approved volunteers will be notified by email or phone and invited to participate in a Wags & Walks as entry into the program.  We need your help and look forward to having you be part of Team YAPS.

Please submit your volunteer application to the YAPS office.  There is a $15 fee payable at the YAPS office which covers the costs for a volunteer t-shirt and name badge.

Beginner Volunteers (ages 10 - 13 years) – This program is ideal for students needing more than 10 volunteer service hours for school credit, clubs, or church obligations and have an interest in helping the animals at the YAPS rescue facility.  Orientation is not required.  Completing 10 or more off site hours as a Have-A-Heart Volunteer is required before entering the Beginner Volunteer Program. Volunteer t-shirts and name badges are available for purchase in the YAPS office.  

Junior Volunteers (ages 14 - 17 years) – This program is designed for long term volunteers, whose main objective is in animal care, facility duties or animal rescue protocol.  Must be able to commit to a minimum of 5 volunteer hours per month.  You must be 16 and over to be on the YAPS property without a parent or guardian.

Adult Volunteers (18 years and over) - This program is designed for long term volunteers over 18 whose main objective is to help with the administrative, adoption, and animal care components of YAPS.  This includes those looking to help in the office, with fundraisers, adoption events, kennel care and socializing animals.  Must be able to commit to a minimum of 5 volunteer hours per month.


Have-a-Heart Volunteers Program at YAPS


For Commitments of 10 Hours or Less


A fun and flexible way to help the animals and complete community service hours.  Below are some great ways for individuals or groups who wish to complete a community service project, but lack the time or availability to commit to the YAPS Volunteer Program.  This is perfect for students needing to complete community service hours for school credit, clubs, and churches.  Volunteers of this nature are encouraged to choose one of the following options within this section as a means of helping the pets at the YAPS facility.  All students ages 10 -17 are required to complete 10 off site hours before entering the YAPS Lend-A-Paw Beginner Volunteer Program.  We ask that individuals take responsibility for logging their hours and start keeping time from the moment they start brainstorming.  


Wags & Walks: Monthly participation in the “Wags & Walk" at YAPS (New volunteers please arrive 20 min early.  Please bring a completed Waiver of Liability).  Each walk lasts approximately one hour.


Pet Food/Supply or Coin Drive:  Work with YAPS staff to create a program where you or your group monitor donation canisters/boxes collecting spare change, food, or other supplies needed for the facility.  All you need to do is decorate large cardboard boxes or trash bins and ask local businesses, schools or churches permission to display your container and collect items.  Make a commitment to check on the supply boxes weekly and bring in supplies to YAPS.  


Organize a fundraiser -- Lemonade Stand/Bake Sale/Yard Sale: These fundraising activities may seem old fashioned but can be a fun way for young individuals or groups to get involved with our cause and to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals.  Simply hold your fundraiser and your convenience and deliver the proceeds to YAPS.  


Paws to Recycle:  This is a great opportunity for individuals and/or groups to give back to homeless animals while encouraging a green community.  Organize a recycling campaign in your neighborhood, school, church or place of work to raise much needed funds for the furry friends of YAPS.  Take the items collected to a recycling center and donate the proceeds to YAPS.


Bake Treats:  The dogs at YAPS appreciate receiving love.  Walks, talks and treats brighten their day.  You can make treats for dogs at YAPS and bring them in.  Our staff and volunteers will pass them out and make sure every dog receives a home baked treat.  Need a recipe?  Try out this one below:


 Peanut Butter Bones (or any shape you prefer)


2 cups garbanzo bean flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 cup natural peanut butter, 1 cup skim milk or lactose free milk  


Preheat oven to 375 degrees


In a bowl combine ingredients dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix PB and milk.


Add wet mixture to dry and mix well.


Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out dough and cut out shapes.


Place treats on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minute or until lightly browned.


Facility Improvement Projects:  School, church and civic groups are able to spend a day YAPS to improve the facility and grounds that house our furry friends.  Throughout the year improvement projects are in the works to add to the aesthetics and functionality of our facility.  Our grounds require constant maintenance and having extra hands to help keep the grounds tidy is always appreciated.  Please make arrangements by calling in to the YAPS office at least 3 weeks in advance.  We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Items of Need (can be collected for supply drives:                                                                                                                 

  • Bleach                                                 
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Dry Dog Food
  • Moist Dog Food
  • Dry Cat Food
  • Moist Cat Food
  • Dry Puppy Food
  • Moist Puppy Food
  • Dry Kitten Food
  • Moist Kitten Food
  • Cat litter (regular and scoopable)
  • 45+ gallon trash bags
  • 13 gallon trash bags
  • Sponges/scouring pads
  • Standard copy paper
  • Rubber gloves
  • Brooms
  • Stamps 

This program is for adults over 18 whose main objective is to help with the administrative components of YAPS, Kennel Care, and Animal Welfare.  This includes those looking to help in the office, with fundraisers,  adoption events, working directly with dogs and cats and/or be part of the everyday kennel and cattery care.   YAPS is in need of volunteers that can commit to a minimum of 5 hours per month.

Options for Volunteering:

  •   Adoption Placement

  •    Adoption Events held offsite

  •   Animal Care  (exercising cats or dogs, kennel cleaning, grooming, laundry)

  •   Foster care (home visit required)

  •   Fundraising/Fundraising Events 

  •   Marketing

  •  Office Assistant

  •  PAWSitive Reading Assistant

  •  Socializing Dogs  (to include training, walking and socializing )

  •  Social Media

  •  Special Events: Planning and Organizing

  •  Special Events: Day of Event Staff

  •  Wags & Walk Assistant

  •  Website Development

  •  Yard Crew (to include lawn mowing, raking, weeding, gardening, planting etc)


For student volunteers, whose main objective is in animal care. To participate in this program volunteers must meet one of the following requirements listed below. 

  • Open to students ages 14-17 years of age that have completed a minimum of 10 hours in the YAPS Beginner Program and Off-Site Service Hour Program.  Must be approved by a qualified staff member.   
  • Suggested minimum commitment of 5 hours per month. 

Options to Complete Hours

  • Participate in both Dog Handler Classes, mandatory for those wanting to work with dogs
  • Participate in monthly Wags N Walk and or PAWSitive Reading Club
  • Socializing the animals, walking, grooming, practicing the training trail, playing, etc.
  • Minimum of half of the committed service hours must be spent doing the following:
  1.   Laundry and cleaning Bowls
  2.   Upkeep of yards, poop patrol, raking, pulling weeds
  3.   Kennel Care & Cleaning


All  Lend-A-Paw volunteers must complete an orientation, and read and fill out all of the Volunteer Application, Waiver of Liability and Policy and Procedures Manual.

YAPS Volunteer Program Policies and Procedures

lend a paw app.pdf

release and waiver of liability only.pdf


This program is designed for young students ages 10-13 years of age that have completed a minimum of 10 hours in the YAPS Off-Site Service Hour Program and be approved by a qualified staff member.  It is ideal for individuals needing more than 10 volunteer service hours and/or interested in volunteering year round.  

Every minor under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.  

Opportunities to complete 10 - 20 hours of service:

  • Monthly participation in the Wags and Walk at YAPS. Bring a YAPS resident doggy on a walk through the beautiful terrain. Please see events page for upcoming dates. 
  • Monthly participation in the PAWSitive Reading Club at YAPS. Hang out on the grass and read to the dogs at YAPS to help socialize them and give them a chance to relax.  Please see events page for upcoming dates. 
  • Organize a supply drive at your school, church, sports team, store front or birthday party. Choose from a collection drive for pet food, supplies, books, dog & cat toys, Kong & peanut butter, etc.
  • Organize a fundraiser for the furry friends of YAPS such as paws to recycle, bake sale, rummage sale, pennies for pets, etc.

Please read the policies and procedures manual for details. 

For first time volunteers please sign in upon arrival for PAWSitive Reading Club.  All volunteers must have a completed Waiver of Liability, Lend-A-Paw application and the last page of the Policies and Procedures Manual signed and on file in the YAPS office.

 YAPS Beginner Level Program Policies and Procedures.pdf


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