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Interested in becoming a Pet Hug Pack volunteer?

  1. Please read the document How to Become a Pet Hug Pack (PHP) Volunteer. This document outlines requirements for you and your pet.
  1. Attend an ARF Volunteer Orientation
    Pet Hug Pack members are first and foremost, ARF volunteers. Members of the pubic will view you as a representative of the organization and will expect you to be knowledgeable of ARF’s programs. This 1 ½ hour orientation will provide you with an overview of ARF’s history, mission, goals, and programs. Please use the link to register for an upcoming orientation.
  1. Send in an Application
    Please print the attached Pet Hug Pack application and mail it to:

    Tony La Russa’s ARF
    Attention: Pet Hug Pack Coordinator
    P.O. Box 30215
    Walnut Creek, CA 94598

  2. Medical Requirements
    • Spay/Neuter - In keeping with ARF’s mission and belief that overpopulation is a key factor in our homeless animal problem, PHP animals must be spayed or neutered prior to assessment.
    • Vaccinations - A vaccination certificate must be provided to ARF at the time of your pet’s assessment and if accepted onto the team, must be resubmitted annually.
  1. Canine Good Citizen Test and Training (Dogs Only)
    All canine members of the Pet Hug Pack must the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test or hold a CGC certificate which was earned in the last 24 months. The CGC program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for guardians and basic good manners for dogs. Three ways to meet this requirement are:
    • ARF offers a 7-week training course for the CGC test. Please see the schedule of dog training classes for upcoming dates and fees.
    • If you feel your dog can pass all 10 test components without taking the training course, you may arrange to take the test only. Contact ARF’s dog training coordinator at to schedule your CGC test.
    • The CGC test can be administered at another AKC approved test site. A copy of the test results must be provided to the Pet Hug Pack Coordinator.         
  1. Pet Hug Pack Assessment
    All animal/handler teams must pass an assessment conducted by the Pet Hug Pack coordinator.  To schedule this assessment please email the Pet Hug Pack Coordinator at or call 925.296.3176.


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