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Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Program at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society. Being a nonprofit, we have a very small staff and lots of furry friends who need daily care and support. We rely heavily on our dedicated 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 facility performing a variety of tasks from socializing with cats and dogs to assisting with adoptions, daily cleaning duties, 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 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. 

This program is for adults over 18 whose main objective is 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. All volunteers must complete 4 Wags & Walk and Orientation to become a volunteer.

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.)

  • Socializing felines and cleaning duties in the Cattery

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

For student volunteers that are interested in animal care. To participate in this program volunteers must meet the following requirements listed below. 

  • Open to students ages 14-15 years of age that have completed a minimum of 10 hours of Off-Site Service Hours.  Must be approved by a qualified staff member.   
  • Participate in YAPS Volunteer Orientation 
  • Suggested minimum commitment of 5 hours per month. 

Options to Complete Hours

  • Participate in monthly Wags & Walk (Need 4 completed to participate in orientation).
  • Socializing with felines in the cattery
  • 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 4 Wags & Walk, read and fill out all of the Volunteer Application, Waiver of Liability and Policy and Procedures Manual.

YAPS Volunteer Program Policies and Procedures


release and waiver of liability only.pdf


Have-a-Heart Volunteers Program at YAPS

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

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. We ask that individuals take responsibility for logging their hours and start keeping time from the moment they start brainstorming.  

Opportunities to complete 10 - 20 hours of service and Offsite Activities

Wags & Walks: Monthly participation in the “Wags & Walk" at YAPS (New volunteers please arrive 20 min early.  Please bring a completed Waiver of Liability). You can take a YAPS resident dog on a walk through the beautiful terrain on Chapman Heights Road in Yucaipa. Please see events page for upcoming dates. No personal pets allowed on the walk. Parent or Guardian must be present and must be the one holding the leash during the walk. Each walk lasts approximately one hour. Anyone of any age is invited to participate in the walk, however, children under 14 years of age are not allowed to hold leashes during the walk. All children and teens under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and all participants must have a valid waiver on file.

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 
  • 45+ gallon trash bags
  • 13 gallon trash bags
  • Sponges/scouring pads
  • Standard copy paper
  • Rubber gloves
  • Brooms
  • Postage Stamps 



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