Friends of Upland Animal Shelter
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Be A Volunteer

Make a commitment to help out in any way you can - either at Upland Animal Shelter or at our 2nd Chance Thrift Shop. 

Volunteering at the Shelter

At the shelter, volunteers are needed to work with animals, work with families who are looking to adopt, clean kennels, and help out at special events or in the office.  Shelter volunteers must be at least 16 years old. 

The shelter opens for staff and volunteers at 6:30 AM every single day.  Coming in once or twice a week makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the animals at the shelter.  In addition to working with animals, volunteers can help with kennel cleaning, laundry, and dishes.  Every bit of extra help goes a long way when it comes to helping care for these precious beings.

If you are one of our younger supporters who are under 16, there are many ways to help the animals at the shelter. You can organize a donation drive.  We can always use towels, blankets, bowls, toys, treats, cat litter, and just about any other animal related item you can think of...not to mention money.  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.

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Volunteering at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop

At the thrift shop, volunteers are needed to help sort and display merchandise, do light cleaning, and help with special events.  Thrift shop volunteers must be at least 16 years old; however, thrift shop volunteers who are 13 to 15 years old can volunteer with a parent or guardian who is also volunteering at the shop.  The shop is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Other Ways to Help

Volunteers are also needed on a number of teams that focus on fundraising, public relations, and volunteers/membership.  Or, 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.

Application to Be A Shelter Volunteer

Application to Be a Volunteer at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop

After you complete your application, you can either drop it off or mail it to:

Upland Animal Shelter
1275 San Bernardino Road
Upland, CA 91786


2nd Chance Thrift Shop
1028 W. 9th Street
Upland, CA 91786

Once your application is received, we will contact you with further information on how to start volunteering. Any questions? Send an e-mail to: 


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