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Volunteering at the Shelter

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter operates Upland Animal Shelter in partnership with the City of Upland's Animal Control Officers.

Volunteers are valued members of our team and help staff perform a variety of tasks at the shelter every day of the year.  

As a new volunteer, you will attend an orientation, work one-on-one with a mentor, and attend other training sessions so you can be successful as a volunteer.  Once you are trained, you can make your own schedule and volunteer anytime from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

How to Become a Shelter Volunteer

  1. Be at least 16 years old.
  2. Download and complete the Volunteer Application and send it to the Volunteer Coordinator via e-mail She will contact you to arrange your introductory orientation.  Orientations are held on a monthly basis and fill up quickly due to smaller class sizes as a result of COVID-19 precautions.

Fostering Animals

Fosters are critical members of our life-saving team.  Fostering a litter of kittens or puppies or other animals who need special care gives them the chance they need to thrive. 

How to Become a Foster

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Be able to keep animals in your home.
  3. Become a Shelter Volunteer and attend an orientation.
  4. See Be a Foster Family and fill out the Foster Application.  Once you have completed your application, the Foster Coordinator will work with you to match you with animals who need fostering. 

Volunteering at 2nd Chance

Our thrift shop supports our shelter operation.  At the thrift shop, volunteers are needed to help sort and display merchandise, do light cleaning, and help with special events. 

How to Become a Thrift Shop Volunteer

  1. Be at least 16 years old.  If you are between 13 and 16 years old, you may volunteer with a parent or guardian.
  2. Download and complete the Volunteer Application and send it to the Thrift Shop Volunteer Coordinator via e-mail, mail, or in person.  Staff will contact you to set up a date for you to start volunteering.

Send Via Mail or In Person

Volunteer Coordinator
2nd Chance Thrift Shop
972 W. 9th Street, Upland

Are You Under 16?

If you are one of our younger supporters who is under 16, you can organize a donation drive or do a special project.  We can always use towels, blankets, bowls, toys, treats, cat litter, and monetary donations.  See our Wish List.

When somebody does this for us, we love to take a picture of the items received next to the person that collected them and put it on our Facebook page.  You can get your school, church and/or neighborhood involved too.

For more information or to discuss a special project you would like to do, send an e-mail to our Volunteer Coordinator.

FUNdraise With Us

As a non-profit organization, we rely on monetary donations and need help with a variety of fundraising activities and special events. 

For more information on how you can help support shelter animals through fundraising,  please send an e-mail to the Fundraising Team.

Have a Special Talent?

If you have a special talent or have a unique way of offering assistance, your help will be gladly accepted.  For example, one of our long-time volunteers makes blankets to give away to every family that adopts a pet at the shelter.  Another volunteer decorated Christmas trees for a silent auction at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop.

For more information and to discuss a special project you would like to do, send an e-mail to our Volunteer Coordinator. 

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Contact Us

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter
1275 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786
Animal Shelter Phone Number: 1-909-931-4185

2nd Chance Thrift Shop
972 W. 9th Street
Upland, CA 91786
Thrift Shop Phone Number: 1-909-920-6020


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