Pet Matchmaker volunteers

Frontier High School students Alicia Quick and Nikkie Leach, along with Bakersfield Christian High School students Kendall Basset and Kimberyln Basset, help socialize dogs for Pet Matchmaker Rescue in Bakersfield. Helping with animals can earn seniors volunteer hours toward graduation.


A local animal rescue is now recruiting high school seniors to help work with animals at its Rosedale facility.

The work is fun, educational and seniors can get volunteer hours that count toward graduation, said Morgan Sokolow Gall, owner of Pet Matchmaker in Bakersfield.

Plus, their work is truly a help to the animals, she added.

Work involves playing with puppies, walking dogs, working with livestock, and, of course, scooping poop and cleaning kennels.

Sokolow Gall said she’s flexible and can work around seniors’ often very busy school schedules.

“It’s a great program and I’ve gained a lot of permanent volunteers through it,” she said.

Seniors must have a waiver signed by parents if they are younger than 18.

Sokolow Gall can be contacted via email at or through her Facebook page at Pet Matchmaker Rescue CA ( or check out their website at


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