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$85 per student

Questions?  Call 408-262-2133 x137 or email Elana.Garfinkle@hssv.org

We can offer a limited number of full or partial scholarships.


Compassion In Action (CIA)

CIA gives teens an opportunity to become junior animal socializers!

Students Cuddle, Play with, and Train Shelter Animals
Students start by teaching shelter animals basic commands and then can sign up to learn more intensive techniques for dogs, like “loose leash walking” and “basic agility.”  Our cats will also benefit from play therapy and clicker training!

We offer lots of optional classes too, to help our students connect with the pets at the shelter.

On the first day of the program, CIA students will start signing up for the mandatory and optional volunteer days.

At the conclusion of this program, students will have completed 18 + hours of service, which education staff will sign off on.

Students Practice Teamwork and Leadership Skills through a Special Event
Students will plan and host an "Animal Education Fair" at HSSV, showcasing their talents and sharing their passion for animals as they present projects that educate the public about critical, pet-related topics.

FAQs

Where is the CIA program located?

  • The CIA program will be held at Humane Society Silicon Valley in the Education Center at 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas, CA, 95035.  We are conveniently located off of the 680/280 Freeway and Montague Expressway.
  • There are MANDATORY volunteer dates and OPTIONAL volunteer dates. Please review the "Overview" and "Calendar" on the CIA webpage to ensure you can meet the schedule requirements. On the first day of the program, we will tell students how to sign up for optional volunteer days.

What is your Pick Up Policy?

  • The safety of youth participating in education programs is a priority for us. Please read and understand the following measures that may be taken at our discretion, if necessary, to ensure your child is safe and not left at our facility unattended.
  • Parents or Guardians must pick up their child(ren) no later than 10 minutes after the close of the program, unless otherwise discussed with HSSV staff prior to the program.  If you have not discussed this with HSSV staff and you do not pick up your child on time, HSSV staff will supervise your child until you pick him or her up.  
  • HSSV has the right to charge a minimum of $1.00 per minute, per child, past time of pick up.
  • Only registered students are allowed to attend CIA.

What should CIA students wear and bring with them?

  • Long pants (no sweatpants, holes or excessive fraying, please).
  • Closed-toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops).
  • Name badge that will be given to each student on the first day of the program (must be returned each day before you leave).
  • Please do not wear dangly jewelry.
Are students allowed to bring cell phones?
  • Students are free to use cell phones to take pictures of their experience in our animal habitats, PROVIDED the situation is safe and they have completed the majority of their animal training.
  • Students may not listen to music at any time during their CIA session (and definitely not in the habitats).
  • Students may not use cell phones to text, make, or accept calls during CIA unless it is an emergency and has been discussed with HSSV staff.

What is the “Animal Education Fair” on the last day of the program all about?

We encourage family and friends to attend the CIA Animal Education Fair, which is held on the last day of each session. During this event, CIA students will showcase their “quilt square,” as well as invite their friends and family to participate in community service activities throughout the shelter. 

What if I have to cancel?

In order for a refund to be offered, please call or email within the time frames listed below:


75% refund --> 14 days or more before the first day of the CIA Orientation
50% refund --> 8-13 days before the first day of your CIA Orientation

Refunds will not be issued 7 days or fewer prior to the first day of your scheduled session.

Contact:

Elana Garfinkle
Education Programs Coordinator
Elana.Garfinkle@hssv.org
(408) 262-2133 x137
Jaime Allen
Director, Education
jallen@hssv.org
(408) 262-2133 x136

 

Overview of Mandatory and Optional Days

Trainings and Volunteer Days Available during the CIA Cohort

During the CIA Cohort, your student has the unique opportunity to visit HSSV a total of 30 times! Days are broken down as follows:

 

MANDATORY TRAINING CLASSES
(most mandatory classes are scheduled twice.  Students ONLY need to sign up for one of the classes in this category)

  • Orientation Day (can pick from 2 choices)
  • Animal Education Fair Class
  • Dog Socializer Training (can pick from 2 choices)
  • Cat Socializer Training (can pick from 2 choices)
  • Animal Education Fair Final Day

OPTIONAL TRAININGS OR VOLUNTEER DAYS
(students will sign up in advance)

  • 22 optional days students can sign up for
  • 3 of these days include special trainings for those students who want to learn advanced training techniques with the animals

 

Program Calendar

 

~ October 2014 ~

 

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Mandatory Orientation Day (choose 1)

1:30p – 4p 

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Mandatory Orientation Day (choose 1)

4p – 6:30p 

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~ November 2014 ~

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Mon

Tue

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Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mandatory Education Fair Class

1:30p – 3:30p

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Mandatory Dog Socializing Training (choose 1) 4p – 6p 

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Mandatory Dog Socializing Training (choose 1) 1:30p – 3:30p 

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p – 6p

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Optional Loose Leash Dog Walking Training

4p – 6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p – 6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

1:30p – 3:30p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p – 6p

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Optional Drawing Pet Portraits

4p -6p

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Mandatory Cat Socializer Training (choose 1)

4p – 6p 

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Mandatory Cat Socializer Training (choose 1)

1:30p – 3:30p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p – 6p

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~ December 2014 ~

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

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Optional Day: Be emergency pet prepared

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

1:30p – 3:30p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

1:30p – 3:30p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

4p -6p

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Optional Volunteer Day

1:30p – 3:30p

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~ January 2015 ~

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Optional Animal Education Project Work

4p – 6p

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Optional Animal Education Project Work

4p – 6p

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Optional Animal Education Project Work

4p – 6p

 

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Animal Education Fair Final

1:30p – 4:30p 

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