RELAX…Lend A Heart Evaluation is not a test!

It’s a series of exercises that demonstrates communication, teamwork and visiting skills. Experienced Lend A Heart volunteers will guide and support you through each step.

  • Practice obedience with your dog without treats in different distracting environments, i.e. outside a dog park, Petco, Petsmart, Green Acres,…
  • Practice the LAH Evaluation Exercises provided at Orientation or download the summary.
  • Gain and maintain confidence with your pet – work on visiting skills with your dog, cat, or rabbit, with friends, family, and strangers, if possible.
DOWNLOAD Summary of LAH Evaluation Exercise

LAH Evaluations are held three or four times per year.

Evaluation appointments are made when we receive your complete Volunteer Application Packet.

Next Evaluation dates are:
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Evaluation Location:
Sacramento UC Cooperative Extension
4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, 95827

  • Attend one shadow visit.
  • Attend a general meeting.
  • Attend an orientation.
  • Submit a COMPLETE Volunteer Application Packet – all 3 parts.

Once you have a confirmed Evaluation appointment with Lend A Heart, arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to exercise and relax your dog, and check in with our greeter. The Evaluation and debrief usually last about 45 minutes to one hour.

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Steps to Join (click on each link):

Click on each link to walk through the process to become a Lend A Heart volunteer.

Additional details are provided in the Lend A Heart Volunteer and Policy Guide.

Download Volunteer & Policy Guides