SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Animal Shelter has extended its application period for community members who are interested in becoming a board member for Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter until Friday, October 7.

The Shelter is looking for candidates to serve as an inaugural board member to the Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter, which is a non-profit organization created to assist city staff.

Board members will serve on a voluntary basis to promote fundraising efforts; to acquire valued resources; to ensure the shelter continues to meet the highest quality of care and services to all Santa Monica animals.

Some responsibilities of board members include attendance at public meetings, planning, fundraising and community outreach to promote the Shelter’s mission and programs.

Prerequisites for Board Members include:

-Live or work in a veterinarian care related field within the City of Santa Monica.

-Must be a California resident, prior to appointment

-Completion of a background check

-Completion of a Santa Monica volunteer orientation, prior to appointment

-Participation in SMPD’s Community Academy program within the first year.

-Two or three year Board membership commitment

Canyon News reached out to Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica Police Department for additional comment about the extension of the application period. “We have received a group of applications but would like to have a larger pool to select from and would like to offer the community an extended period to apply,” said Rodriguez.

He indicated that the program is open to those who live in Santa Monica or work in a veterinarian care related field within the city of Santa Monica.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume to: or by mail/in-person to 1640 Ninth Street. Santa Monica, Ca 90404. Questions regarding the nonprofit can be directed to the Animal Shelter at (310) 458-8567 during normal business hours from 8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday Saturday.