PB SOC is a group of volunteers dedicated to bettering the lives of dogs–with a focus on pit bull-types–during their stay at the Bradshaw Animal Shelter of Sacramento, California. 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.
Whitney – Special Needs Dog Care Leader
Whitney oversees care of the long term residents and other special-needs dogs in our program. These dogs may be held by the shelter as part of ongoing legal cases or at the shelter long-term for a number of other reasons, but regardless of their individual situation, Whitney makes sure they get the care and attention they need to endure their shelter stay. She is also a foster care provider for us. Her devotion to the dogs is kind of legendary.
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.
Lysa – Trainer
With her sunny disposition and ever-present smile, Lysa is the person who welcomes new volunteers to the PB SOC team and trains them on our policies and procedures. She also happens to be an excellent foster care provider in our program, whose passion is working with fearful and reactive dogs. Her specialty is turning under-socialized Nervous Nellies into happy-go-lucky noodles. Any dog who goes home with Lysa is a lucky pup indeed.
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.