PB SOC is a group of volunteers dedicated to bettering the lives of dogs–with a focus on large breed dogs–during their stay at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter of Sacramento, California. Started originally to work with pit bull type dogs, we have broadened our efforts to help all large breed dogs. We approach every dog as an individual, with the understanding that physical appearance does not determine behavior. Our program continues to expand as we learn, grow, and find better ways to serve shelter dogs.
Our mission includes:
- Dog Walking & Obedience Work
- Playgroups Program
- Compassion in Action
- Adoption Counseling & Dog Introductions
- Support to Keep Dogs in Homes
- Out-of-Shelter Experiences
- Website, Dog Bios, & Social Media
- Foster Care Program Support
- Photography, Videography, & Marketing
- Special Projects, Events, & Fundraisers
Want to know more about our dog playgroups at the shelter? This video explains what we do in playgroups and why this part of our mission is so vital:
The confiscated dogs program has been one of our most important missions. It ensures that dogs with long stays at the shelter remain mentally and physically healthy. This video shares the story of one of our most extreme confiscate situations–during which 18 dogs from a fight bust stayed with us for two years:
Meet Our Leadership Team
Delyse – Program Founder/Director and Playgroup Supervising Lead
As PB SOC’s founder and director, Delyse oversees all aspects of the organization. She also runs dog playgroups at the shelter, assists in the shelter’s foster program, and gets to know all of the dogs in the program to help match them with foster and adoptive homes. As if that isn’t enough to keep her busy, she assists in writing bios, supports foster providers who need help, and fosters dogs herself. She is a passionate advocate for the well-being of all dogs–our very own force of nature in a PB SOC teeshirt.
Carolyn – PB SOC Report Administrator
Carolyn tracks all dogs in the PB SOC program, updating the spreadsheet daily and tracking playgroup notes, medical restrictions, photography needs, and other special needs of the dogs. Over the years, she has helped out our program in many ways, willing to dive in and assist anywhere there was a need. Her generous spirit is much appreciated.
Sandy is a playgroup leader and amazingly devoted foster provider who puts in extensive time each week helping run the dog playgroups at the shelter, overseeing the testing, socialization, and exercise of as many as 50 plus dogs at a time. She loves every dog and worries about each one’s well-being. Sandy is a conscientious volunteer who is always willing to do more. She takes on some of the more challenging medical and behavior foster dogs who need extra TLC in order to thrive–and she seems to always have room for one more dog.
Robert – Playgroup Leader
As a playgroup leader, Robert helps keep the playgroups running smoothly. Robert has been one of PBSOC’s biggest supporters, and continues to grow and gain behavioral knowledge as a lead. Robert is a devoted and passionate volunteer who puts in multiple hours weekly ensuring dogs get out of their kennels and participate in playgroups. He is also the founder of one of our largest fundraisers, Meet Your Maker. Robert puts in countless hours to make this event a huge success.
Photography Team – Chandra, Ashley, and Emily
Our lead photographer, Ashley, lends her awesome professional skills with a camera to help our dogs look their best, while Chandra assists with all aspects of the photography process, from taking photos to processing and uploading them to our website. Chandra is additionally one of our website helpers extraordinaire. Great dog photos can’t happen without someone to wrangle, cajole, charm, and handle the canine subjects, and that’s where Emily lends a hand. You can often see her as the human subject in our dog portraits.
Laura – Social Media Leader
As the tireless volunteer who oversees our social media presence, Laura ensures our Facebook page is always active with informational posts, and she is responsible for our website’s most popular feature, the Weekly Adoption Update. From helping keep our website accurate and updated, to tracking adoptions, to posting on Twitter, to creating outreach posts on Craigslist, Laura is always busy and constantly advocating for the dogs and for PB SOC’s mission, but she somehow finds the time to walk dogs at the shelter, too.
Website Lead and Social Media
Heather first joined PB SOC as a foster provider. She is also an adopter who wants to help other families find their new family dog. She manages the PB SOC Instagram account and creates all the dog pages you see on our website! As if that’s not enough, she also assists with email and Facebook, and will occasionally help out with transport as well!
Izzy – Volunteer Trainer
Izzy has been walking dogs at the shelter for several years. She continues to do so, but also is the lead trainer for new volunteers. She will be one of the first people you meet when you join our volunteer team!
Lysa – Graphic Design
Lysa has been with PB SOC for years as a foster provider, a dog walker and trainer, and as the lead volunteer trainer. She has also been a huge help with fundraising and marketing. Right now, she’s directing her creativity toward design. You will see Lysa’s work on fliers and promotional pieces.
Sarah – Online Adoption Counselor and Playgroup Team Member
Got questions about dogs? Sarah has answers! She’s the prompt and helpful volunteer who responds to our email. She works in conjunction with Delyse to provide adoption counseling and foster support via email at email@example.com. When she’s not responding to the endless stream of email, she can be found helping with dog playgroups at the shelter, as well as fostering dogs herself. She’s a whirlwind of animal-person good energy.
From photographers to videographers to playgroup helpers, dog walkers, and internet support, there are many ways our volunteers enrich the lives of shelter dogs and help them have happy outcomes. Check out this gallery of some of our volunteers in action. Want to join the team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.