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Respect and Equal Opportunity Statement

California Service Dog Academy follows a policy of equal opportunity as set forth by California state law and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The law requires full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments.

California Service Dog Academy will accept applications from anyone regardless of the following:
• Race
• Color

• Religion
• Sex or gender
• Gender identity or gender expression • Sexual orientation
• Marital status
• National origin
• Ancestry
• Genetic information
• Age (over 40)
• Criminal Background

Under the Ralph Civil Rights Act, it is against the law for any person to threaten or commit acts of violence against a person or property based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, disability, sex/ gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or position in a labor dispute.


California Service Dog Academy adheres to a strict policy that calls for everyone to be treated with respect and dignity within the organization. This includes staff, clients, volunteers, board members, and applicants. Anyone who does not treat others within the organization with respect and dignity will be asked to leave the program.


CSDA treats all people with dignity and courtesy, and expects volunteers to be a representation of this policy. Volunteers are representatives of CSDA and should present themselves as respectful and courteous at all times and in all situations. Conduct that is hostile, threatening, or offensive to anyone at any time is unacceptable and those performing this behavior will be asked to leave the program. CSDA will take appropriate steps in a timely manner to prevent and correct all inappropriate behavior, including harassment. 

Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability Form



This Release and Waiver of Liability (the “release”) executed today by (“Volunteer”) releases California Service Dog Academy, (“Nonprofit”), a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California and each of its directors, officers, employees, and agents. The Volunteer desires to provide volunteer services for Nonprofit and engage in activities related to serving as a volunteer.Volunteer understands thatthe scope of Volunteer’s relationship with Nonprofit is limited to a volunteer position and that no compensation is expected in return for services provided by Volunteer; that Nonprofit will not provide any benefits traditionally associated with employment to Volunteer; and that Volunteer is responsible for his/her own insurance coverage in the event of personal injury or illness as a result of Volunteer’s services to Nonprofit.

1. Waiver and Release: I, the Volunteer, release and forever discharge and hold harmless Nonprofit and its successors and assigns from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind of nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from the services I provide to Nonprofit. I understand and acknowledge that this Release discharges Nonprofit from any liability or claim that I may have against Nonprofit with respect to bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from the services I provide to Nonprofit or occurringwhile I am providing volunteer services.

2. Insurance: Further I understand that Nonprofit does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide me with financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability benefits or insurance. I expressly waive any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of Nonprofit beyond what may be offered freely by Nonprofit in the event of injury or medical expenses incurred by me.

3. Medical Treatment: I hereby Release and forever discharge Nonprofit from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered in connection with an emergency during my tenure as a volunteer with Nonprofit.

4. Assumption of Risk: I understand that the services I provide to Nonprofit may include activities that may be hazardous to me including, but not limited, to working with dogs, working outside, and working with other people that may involve inherently dangerous activities. As a volunteer, I hereby expressly assume risk of injury or harm from these activities and Release Nonprofit from all liability.

5. Photographic Release: I grant and convey to Nonprofit all right, title, and interests in any and all photographs, images, video, or audio recordings of me or my likeness or voice made byNonprofit in connection with my providing volunteer services to Nonprofit.

6. Other: As a volunteer, I expressly agree that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of California and that this Release shall begoverned by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California. I agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release is deemed invalid, the enforceability of the remaining provisions of this Release shall not be affected.By signing below, I express my understanding and intent to enter into this Release and Waiver of Liability willingly and voluntarily.

By submitting this form you are agreeing to the Volunteer Release & Waiver of Liability Form above.