What does the organization do?
A: Tiny Paws places rescue animals in Petco stores. They are available
for adoption from the rescue, not for sale from the store. Tiny Paws works
with animal shelters, veterinarians, other rescue groups, pet stores and
What does this accomplish?
This means that Petco and Tiny Paws are partnering
to help control the overpopulation of companion animals. Many of these
animals may end up in the shelters where they are placed if possible.
There is only so much space available.
Your flyer mentions Foster To Adopt. What is this?
This is program that helps place animals in good homes. Someone unsure
if a pocket pet is right for them and their children, may participate.
They become a foster home for a month. They go through the normal foster
home interview process. They may put a deposit on housing and equipment
they need for the pet and borrow it from the rescue (as long as equipment
is available) and foster the animal in their home. The foster has a month
to see how their pet fits into their family and lifestyle. They then finalize
the adoption, return the equipment and purchase their own from which their
adoption fee is deducted or return everything and their full equipment
deposit is returned.
What would I be expected to do as a volunteer?
First, we will train you. Then you could do any of the following things:
Petco to check the animals and feed them and refill water bottles. This
can take as little as 15 minutes if all is well, longer if you notice
something that needs attention, such as a hamster just looks like it
needs a little cuddling J or hand fed treats.
The housing requires cleaning on an as needed basis. Litter is dumped,
cage wiped down and litter is replaced. Water bottles and food bowls
need washing and refilling. Timing for this is dependent on the type
and number of animals.
Adoption counselors will be needed to either staff the store during
adoption hours or meet potential adopters at the store to complete the
homes are needed to quarantine new animals for a week for males to make
sure they are healthy before being placed in the store for adoption.
Foster homes for adult females are needed that can keep the animal for
the length of the normal gestation period and weaning if a litter is
born. This will vary by species. Dwarf hamsters have a gestation period
of 18 to 21 days, so they would be kept for 24 days to make sure no
pregnant animals are placed. You should be willing to continue to foster
the mother and babies for 3 weeks after delivery when they are weaned
and old enough to leave mom.
Special events and adoption days will need volunteers
willing to process adoptions and work with the public to help them select
an appropriate pet. We will also have other special community outreach
events that might be pet shows for children, look-a-like and talent
Special skills are needed. Anyone with web experience, clerical, bookkeeping,
computers skills and more can help with special programs, giving a much
or as little time as you want.
You can visit the sanctuary to help clean all the cages. This takes
an hour or so with a couple extra hands to help. This is the best opportunity
to get to play with a large assortment of animals and see any babies.
What do I get out of this besides the satisfaction
of doing good works?
volunteer performing 20 hours of volunteer work will get the benefits of the VIP program from
VCA Animal Hospitals, good for a 15% discount on veterinary services nationwide,
Volunteer V.I.P. considerations and much more.
are a critical part of what we do. You have the opportunity to help make
a real change in the lives of the animals in our care. We will strive
to make your experience a memorable one, benefiting both you and the animals.
fill out the Volunteer Application and
please see the Youth Volunteer Program.