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In this program, teens learn how to socialize the animals and help make them more adoptable. There are optional and mandatory training days to learn basic obedience with the dogs, play therapy for cats, emergency pet preparedness strategies, and more. We conclude each session with a student-run event at the Animal Community Center (ACC).

Compassion in Action has concluded for the 2016-2017 school year. Please mark your calendar to check back on September 1st, 2017 for updates and registration.

Compassion in Action has concluded for the school year. Please mark your calendar to check back on September 1st, 2017 for updates and registration.

About Compassion In Action (CIA)

CIA is a three-month long program for students who are interested in volunteering directly with shelter animals. Students will also participate in critical community service projects to help the animals in our care, learn about trending animal welfare topics, and share what they’ve learned with friends and family on the last day of the program.

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

For Ages: 14 – 17 years old

Cost: $85.00 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 question, please call us at 408-262-2133 x268 or email

How To Register

To begin the registration process:

  1. Review the program schedule and descriptions below.
  2. Click 1 of the Program Orientation dates you want to sign up for.
  3. Complete the Program Orientation forms and sign up process.

To complete registration process for the entire program:

  1. After you’ve signed up for Program Orientation, you will see a list of links and receive an email to sign up for the remaining required classes.
  2. Sign up for all of the remaining required classes by choosing the date that you’d like to register for.
  3. Please make sure you have signed up for each of all the required classes (5 total). You only need to choose 1 date for each of these required classes.
    1. Program Orientation
    2. Cat Socializing Training Class
    3. Dog Socializing Training Class
    4. Community Service Practice Day
    5. Community Service Day

CIA Spring 2017 Program Schedule & Descriptions

Available dates for this season’s program are below. You will receive links to register for the remaining required classes after you have registered for Program Orientation.

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 choose one to attend:


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:

  • Wednesday, February 22 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 from 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 get them out of their rooms for potty breaks.

Available Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 14 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Community Service Practice Day: Practice all of the activities you will be leading on the last day of the program.

Available Dates:

  • Thursday, March 30 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Community Service Event Day (Last Day of Program): Invite your friends and family to join you in completing fun and interactive community service activities around the shelter.

Only One Date Available:

  • Saturday, April 29 from 1:15 p.m. – 4 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 during a Required Training day. 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.