Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities at Dog Star Rescue

As a 100% volunteer organization, Dog Star Rescue’s success truly depends on the efforts of our volunteers. Every member of our volunteer roster helps us successfully rescue dogs and place them into new and loving homes. Volunteering at Dog Star Rescue (DSR) is incredibly fun, exciting and rewarding! The following are some ways you might be able to lend your time to DSR and save pups’ lives. Please note: All DSR volunteers must be 18 or older and attend a mandatory orientation session. In addition, it is expected that individuals will volunteer a minimum of 3 hours a month.

Fostering 

Fosters are truly the rock stars of the rescue world. They open their homes and hearts to homeless dogs, helping them learn to trust again and providing them with the care they deserve while we find them permanent homes. If you’re interested in fostering, please go to our Foster Program page for more detailed information or email us at foster@dogstarrescue.org.

Dog handling at events 

Our foster families have a lot on their plates, and sometimes they can’t attend adoption events with their dogs. Sometimes, we also have a dog that for one reason or another isn’t with a foster family but is being boarded at a kennel. When that happens, we need volunteers to step in as handlers during the event. That means you’d handle the dog during the event, working to make sure your dog has a good day full of positive interactions and gets admired by as many people as possible, hopefully leading to applications and a successful adoption. If you are interested in dog handling, please email us at
event-team@dogstarrescue.org.

Transporting dogs

Many of our dogs come up from the south on group transport vehicles and need rides to their foster homes or to a kennel for temporary boarding. In addition, rides are sometimes needed to and from events or to meet and greets with potential adopters. If you have a car, a valid driver’s license and can safely transport a dog in your car, please email us at transport@dogstarrescue.org.

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Evaluation/interviewing

Dog rescue involves a lot of phone calls. We need to conduct vet checks, interviews and home visits. If you like getting to know new people over the phone, we could use your help and can train you to assist our foster family and adoption screeners. If you are interested, please email us at training-and-behavior@dogstarrescue.org.

Publicity/marketing

We are always working hard to increase the visibility of our available dogs and to attract more fosters and volunteers to our organization. We also need to continue to build our name recognition through the use of social media, including facebook, instagram and twitter. We are looking for volunteers who have experience in these areas. We also welcome those who have time to drive around and put our event flyers up at local businesses. If you are interested, please email us at a-team@dogstarrescue.org.

Administrative tasks

Dog rescue involves a lot of paperwork! We need to keep copies of vet records, contracts, applications and much more. We’re working to make our organization as paperless as possible, so if you have access to a high-speed scanner, have knowledge about using a smart phone to scan applications, or have a perfectly organized home filing system, we could use your help! If you are interested in helping with administrative tasks, please email us at contactus@dogstarrescue.org

Fundraising

Every penny we raise goes toward our dogs and the adoption fee is designed to cover basic expenses. It’s important for us to build our donor base and organize successful fundraising events to make sure we’re financially prepared for our dogs that need extra medical care. We welcome volunteers with experience in fundraising and grant writing or an interest in learning the ropes. If you are interested, please email us at fundraising@dogstarrescue.org.

To foster or volunteer with Dog Star Rescue, please complete an application.  A member of our team will be in touch with you after we receive your completed application.

If you have any additional questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@dogstarrescue.org.