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Become a Volunteer


There are so many great reasons to volunteer. Meet new people, experience the satisfaction of community service, develop new skills, acquire work experience for future endeavors, and most of all HELP US SAVE LIVES.

Our volunteers improve the welfare of our shelter animals by walking a dog, brushing and petting cats, transporting and/or cleaning animals at our local pet stores, assisting with adoptions, assisting with our community cat program and/or trap neuter release program, join our photography teams, give a dirty doggy a bath, reading to a dog, clinic and/or shot clinic support, events, clerical and so much more.



If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please apply at the link below. Fill out application for the shelter nearest you. Once completed, we will contact you to attend our dog behavior training, background check, and a hands on welcome training. Once your background check clears you are ready to begin volunteering to help save animals lives!

A note, as a volunteer we ask that you do not opt out of Newsletters, Events, or Recruitment Appeals when filling out your volunteer application. If you do so you will not receive any notifications from our department including volunteer job recruitment notices or events.


Female volunteer holding small white dog


Riverside Emergency Animal Rescue System (R.E.A.R.S.) | (951) 358-7387

R.E.A.R.S Academy

February 24, 2024 at the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley, Calif. 92509
Interested volunteers should e-mail the R.E.A.R.S coordinator at [email protected]

R.E.A.R.S members: Please note that a R.E.A.R.S re-certification days are TBA.
Location TBD


R.E.A.R.S. is a non-profit organization that relies primarily on donations and proceeds from fundraisers to purchase equipment to provide for the safety of our volunteers. Anyone interested in making a donation to R.E.A.R.S. is encouraged to contact Riverside County Department of Animal Services at the number or email listed below.


Training Videos

Enrichment & Behavior

The ASPCA’s groundbreaking studies on behavior, as well as our work at the first-ever facility dedicated to the rehabilitation of canine victims of cruelty, have resulted in programs and processes proven to save lives. From online training on dog and cat behavior topics to clever in and out-of-kennel enrichment ideas, you’ll find all the learnings and materials here.


Speaking Dog! Canine | Dog Body Language

To set the stage for accurate interpretation, it is vital to describe behavior objectively. Before delving into the nitty-gritty of dog language, you’ll learn to clarify such muddy labels as submissive, dominant and conflicted.