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In this school-year program, teens learn how to socialize the animals and help make them more adoptable. There are mandatory training days, plus optional days. Students will get tons of opportunities to help the shelter.

About Compassion In Action (CIA)

CIA is a three-month long program for students who have a passion for helping animals.  Students will volunteer directly with dogs and cats, learn about trending animal welfare topics and work on critical community service projects to help the animals in our care.

Read testimonials from past students and visit our FAQs page for more information. 

For Ages: 14 – 17 years old

Cost: $90.00 for entire 3 month program

What to bring: If your child’s school requires volunteer hours, please have him/her bring the hour log to the program.

What to wear: Long pants and closed-toe shoes (please note – we will send your child home if he/she is not in appropriate attire).

Contact: If you have any questions, or to be added to our wait list, please call us at 408-262-2133 x160 or email

How To Register

To begin the registration process:

  1. Review the program training schedule below and take a look at the optional volunteer day schedule in the FAQ section.
  2. Click on the Program Orientation date you want to sign up for.
  3. Complete the Program Orientation registration form. Please be sure to indicate which cat and dog trainings you would like to attend on the registration form.

CIA Spring 2019 Program Schedule & Descriptions

Required Classes Schedule

Program Orientation: Learn about your new role and responsibilities as a HSSV student volunteer, how to get around the shelter and what you’ll be doing on “optional volunteer days.”

To being registering, please select the orientation date below:

  1. Wednesday, February 13th, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  2. Saturday, February 16th, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Cat Socializing Training Class: Become an expert in reading cat signals and learn how to work with all different types of cat personalities.

Available Dates:

  1. Wednesday, February 20th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  2. Saturday, February 23rd, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Dog Socializing Training Class: You will learn the best ways to socialize the shelter dogs and how to make them more adoptable as they wait to go to their furr-ever home.

Available Dates:

  1. Tuesday, March 12th, 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  2. Saturday, March 16th, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Optional Volunteer Days

Each CIA session includes multiple volunteer days during the week and on Saturdays, to practice what students have learned in the trainings. Students will be asked to sign up for these days while they are here for training. Once registered, students will receive a full program schedule with Required and Optional dates and times listed. Please review the FAQ page to see the list of optional days we will be offering for this session