The San Francisco K9 Unit is built on the volunteer work provided by community members. We are very happy to have people sign up and help out. If you are looking for a way to help, here are some of the more common ways you can do so.
Come to the open board meetings
Every month, we have our board meeting that is open to the public. Here, we get feedback from the community, speak to individuals, and talk about future plans. We discuss projects we need help on and come up with plans as well. The single best way to get involved is to come to these meetings, make your voice heard, and help form the future of the K9 Unit.
Help At Events
The K9 Unit runs multiple events a month as well as major events at San Francisco Pride and for Folsom Street Events. These require a multitude of volunteers to run. These include positions such as:
Set up: Putting the mats down for mushes, cleaning the surfaces, and bringing out the toys are some of the things we need to get done for every mosh.
Play Monitors: Safety is important for humans, puppies, and human puppies! Play monitors ensure that the mosh area is safe and that all the various animals on the mats are following the rules.
Tear down: When the event is over, we clean the toys and the mats. We put everything back where it belongs.
The Welcome Waggin': Sometimes called the House Handler or the House Puppy, these volunteers will be there to make sure everyone feels welcome. New pups or handlers can come to these volunteers to ask questions and play with if they are feeling a bit nervous.
If you want to help out at a specific event, check the Telegram chat pinned message! That is where we keep the sign-up sheet. Alternatively, you can use the contact us page to let us know how you'd like to help out.