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 is also 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 Leader
Carolyn tracks all dogs in the PB SOC program, updating the spreadsheet daily (7 days a week!) and tracking playgroup notes, medical restrictions, photography needs, and other special needs of the dogs. She also coordinates the dog walking on Sundays, assists with playgroups and dog walking herself, and happily lends a hand anywhere it’s needed. Her generous spirit is much appreciated–and contagious.
Whitney – Confiscated Dog Care Leader
Whitney oversees care of all the confiscated dogs in our program. These dogs may be held by the shelter as part of ongoing legal cases or ineligible for adoption 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 40 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.
Lori – Playgroup Leader
As a playgroup leader, Lori puts in long hours each week making sure as many as 40 dogs at a time are tested, exercised, and socialized. She’s also a very experienced foster provider who has fostered well over a hundred dogs, and her experience allows her to successfully take on more challenging dogs with behavioral or medical needs. She has been trained by playgroup expert Aimee Sadler. Lori’s calm, experienced approach to dog behavior makes her a rock star to work with.
Jamie – Bios and Website Leader
Jamie oversees the website and its content, as well as helping out with bios. When she created a webpage to help advertise her own foster dog a few years ago, she did it with the vague notion that maybe more of the dogs could have webpages. Hundreds of dog webpages later, it takes a whole team of talented people working hard to keep the PB SOC website’s dog pages up to date. One of her favorite things in the world is fostering dogs, and second to that, she loves playing a small part in educating people about dog behavior and dispelling myths about pit-bull type dogs.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Shannon – Photography Leader
As our lead photographer, Shannon has photographed hundreds of dogs for us. Her ability to bring out each dog’s personality in front of the camera helps attract adopters and ensures our dogs look their best on the internet. After showing up weekly to take photos, she edits and uploads them in lightning-fast time so that we can put them on dog webpages as quickly as possible. Her talent and creativity help save lives every day.
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 email@example.com.