Volunteer with SNAP
Our efforts are dependent on the good will and talents of our volunteers. Are you an animal lover and
want to help? There are many things you can do:
participate at local events, help out on the Neuter Scooter, organize fundraisers,
spread the word, or assist us with special projects... whatever your time allows and your talents permit.
SNAP welcomes volunteers of all ages. Volunteers under 18 can help at our EVENTS ONLY. Sorry, no clinic
volunteers under 18. Volunteers under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 12-18 year olds
being dropped off to volunteer must check in with the event's lead volunteer or a staff member before getting
started. Separate rules may apply for some of our events. For example, volunteers under 18 who help at our
adoption days must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
SNAP welcomes Community Service Volunteers. Some restrictions apply. If you need community service hours,
please email Dorell Sackett at email@example.com with the following information: how many hours you need and by
what date, and whether you need your hours for school, work, or court.
SNAP helpers basically come in two "flavors:" Event Volunteers and Clinic Volunteers. Some help with both,
but most volunteers find they prefer one or the other.
In addition to event & clinic helpers, we have volunteers who help answer the phones, create artwork, transport items,
organize their own fundraisers to benefit SNAP, etc. If you have a special talent you think we could use, please contact
our volunteer coordinator, Dorell Sackett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's some info about what you can do to help make our events & clinics a success:
Info Booths at Community Events: SNAP is present at community events all over the county, like Chula
Vista's Cinco de Mayo Festival and Lemon Festival, Cardiff's Dog Days of Summer, and the Encinitas Pet Health Expo.
Volunteers educate the public about spay/neuter, and pass out information on where pets can get fixed for less.
Adoption Events: The last Saturday of each month, SNAP holds an adoption day at Muttropolis in La Jolla. Volunteers walk the
dogs on Girard Avenue, to show them off to the public and hopefully help get them adopted. We also host events at Petco in
San Marcos and Mira Mesa on Saturdays. From time to time we have adoptable dogs at some of our outreach or fundraising events
so keep your eyes open for opportunities to work with adoptable dogs!
Parades: SNAP participates in parades such as the Oceanside Freedom Days Parade, San Diego Gay Pride, and Chula
Vista Starlight (Christmas) Parade. Parades are a great way to reach lots of people with a friendly reminder to spay
& neuter their pets. Volunteers help decorate the contingent, and walk in the parade. Friendly dogs are welcome!
Foster an animal:Being a foster parent is one of the most personal ways you can make a difference - you will truly be saving a life. Many people hesitate because they are convinced they will become too attached to their charges. This is not necessarily true - being a foster parent is like being a grandparent. Finding a loving home for your foster pet is incredibly rewarding, and also sometimes nice when your house quiets down for a while until you decide you are ready for the next foster pet.
If you would like to foster for SNAP, please complete the SNAP Foster Application and email back to email@example.com
Pet Portraits: Pet owners are invited to bring their furry family members to SNAP's Pet Portraits booth for a
beautiful portrait. All proceeds from this popular fundraiser go towards spay/neuter. Pet Portraits are typically
scheduled around holidays such as Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas; and usually take place in La Jolla or
Solana Beach. Volunteers help with registration and assist the photographer with the pets. We always welcome talented pet
photographers who are willing to donate their time!
Big SNAP Fundraisers: SNAP's annual fundraisers include Bowling for the Animals in April, the La Jolla Pet Parade in
May, the Rummage Sale (Encinitas) in September, and the Neuter Scooter Shoot Out Golf Tournament in the fall. Volunteers
help with planning & preparation of these events, and of course they pitch in at the event! From planning, spreading the
word, gathering donations, setting up, and helping with registration to serving food or simply making event visitors feel
welcome, there's lots to do for volunteers of all ages & experience levels.
SNAP runs two mobile spay/neuter clinics. The 2 Neuter Scooters travel around the county, bringing affordable
spay/neuter where it's most needed. Clinics take place both on weekdays and weekends. There are approx. 15-20 clinics
per month. Regular clinic locations include Escondido, Oceanside, Vista, San Diego / City Heights, El Cajon, and
Chula Vista. We can also be found in other areas (check out the current clinic schedule
for dates and locations). Volunteers help with set-up, registration paperwork, answering questions, and laundry. Clinic
volunteers do NOT help with the actual spay/neuter procedures, and don't typically handle animals. Weekday shift times are
6:30am-9am / 9am-noon / noon-3pm. Weekend shift times are 7:30am-9:30am / 9:30am - 12:30pm / 12:30pm-3:30pm.
Ready... Set... Sign Up!
If you're ready to get started, please sign up for our Volunteer Newsletter. You will be asked to fill in some
information about yourself. Once you are signed up, you will receive a confirmation request. Just click "Confirm
Subscription" and you're done. We look forward to hearing from you. With your help, it will soon be a
SNAP to have animals spayed or neutered in our county!