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We offer 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 offsite fundraising and supply drives.  See Have-A-Heart Volunteer section for ideas.

To begin the process of becoming a volunteer with YAPS you must attend 4 Wags & Walk within in a 6-month period to be eligible for a volunteer application. Once you have qualified to receive an application, 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 and liability waiver. All approved volunteers will be notified by email or phone and invited to participate in program.  We need your help and look forward to having you be part of Team YAPS.

Once you qualify for the program and have cleared a background check there is a $15 fee payable at the YAPS office which covers the costs for a volunteer t-shirt and name badge.

Adult Volunteers (16 years and up) - This program is designed for long term volunteers 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.

Junior Volunteers (ages 14 - 15 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. A parent or guardian is required to be with participants at all times.

Have-A-Heart Offsite Volunteer Program (10-13 years) -This program encourages young volunteers to give back to their community with tasks they can primarily do offsite. You are never too young to make a difference. Participation in this program does not require the Wags & Walk and Orientation commitment. A parent or guardian is required to be with participants at all times. Please see below for a full listing of opportunities. 

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 At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Dec.14, the city of Yucaipa presented a Capital Improvement Grant to Executive Director of YAPS (The Yucaipa Animal...

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