Rescue for Life is proud to be run by an amazing team of volunteers only! Volunteers are the heart of Rescue for Life and they are the ones that drive the operation of the non-profit and enable so many lives to be saved.
Rescue for Life is always recruiting dedicated volunteers for an array of positions.
You must be at least 18 yrs old to volunteer with Rescue for Life, due to insurance reasons. However, if you are a young supporter and want to help there are many ways you can still volunteer such as donating the proceeds of bake sales and car/pet washes and by organizing toy drives for our foster dogs and cats.
Do you have questions about volunteering? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We currently have a need for volunteers for a variety of positions:
(and you aren’t limited to just one!)
An Adoption Coordinator will help facilitate the adoption of an animal in foster care. Some of the tasks that an Adoption Coordinator may be involved in will include:
- Assisting in the screening of applications
- Assisting in meet and greets with the foster animal/foster home and the potential adoptive family
- Assisting in home checks and/or communicating with a Home Checker to ensure the completion of the home check
- Assisting in the completion of Adoption Contracts
This position will require an individual that has leadership abilities and enjoys working with both animals and people. This position will involve communicating to foster homes via email, phone calls, texting, or Facebook. This position will require an understanding of Rescue for Life polices in order to answer the questions potential adoptive homes may have. This position will require some driving. A valid driver’s license and a reliable and insured vehicle is required for this position.
Adoption Event Animal Handler
These positions report to the Adoption Event Supervisor. When Rescue For Life holds a public adoption event, volunteers are needed to supervise dogs that attend the events. Supervising a dog means that you will take charge of the animal and be responsible for it until the conclusion of the event. Your role is help the dog feel safe and comfortable during the event, and you will introduce the dog to interested members of the public. This role requires a basic understanding of dog behavior and body language and good interpersonal skills when dealing with the public. If you don’t know the answer to a question about Rescue For Life or the dog you are handling, you can defer to the Adoption Event Supervisor.
Adoption Event Supervisor
These positions report to the Foster Home Director. When Rescue For Life holds a public adoption event, one or more volunteers are needed to supervise the volunteers who attend the events, usually to hold an adoptable dog. Supervising means that you will take charge of the event as a whole and be responsible for answering questions about Rescue For Life or the animals or taking responsibility to collect information and respond to an inquiry later. You will also be responsible for collecting adoption applications and ensuring they are forwarded as soon as possible to the Foster Home Coordinator.
More than one volunteer can supervise an event, and two or more in this role at an event is encouraged. This position reports to the Foster Home Coordinator / Rescue For Life board member.
These positions report to the Foster Home Director. Screeners have a key role as they are the first contact for a person interested in adopting an animal. Screeners contact potential adopters within 48 hours of their request. Screeners must remain neutral and calm at all times when talking to potential adopters (clients). This role does not include advising the client if they have been approved or not. Screeners help applicants complete the whole adoption application even if they suspect the client will not be approved for an adoption. The completed application is then forwarded to the Foster Home Supervisor.
Donation Coordinators will help facilitate the intake of both material and financial donations. Some of the tasks that a Donation Coordinator may be involved in will include:
- Responding to emails and phone calls from members of the public or businesses who wish to make a donation
- Assisting in the intake of donations either by physically picking up the donation or communicating with a Driver to ensure the pickup and storage of a donation
- Working with Event Coordinators to ensure the donations requirements of an event are met
- With Foster Home Liaisons to ensure that donated items (i.e. food, treats, kennel, toys, etc.) are disturbed to foster homes appropriately
A driver may help in the transport of animals to vet appointments, to a new foster home, to events, and other activities requiring transport. Drivers will also help in the transport of food and supplies to foster homes, as required. In addition, a driver may be asked to help with the transport of donated items – pick-up and delivery of items.
Frequently, large volumes of donated food need to be transported to the rural communities we work in. Having a truck and/or trailer can be useful for such transportation but is not required for this position.
A valid driver’s license and a reliable and insured vehicle is required for this position. Limited reimbursement is provided but only with pre-approval in writing from the President (usually done by email).
An Event Coordinator will be responsible for planning and executing an event – a fundraising and/or adoption event. An Event Coordinator will report and have the support of the Funding Development Director. In addition, each Event Coordinator will be able to utilize Rescue for Life volunteer resources to ensure the event is a success. As an Event Coordinator you will be the one point contact between Rescue for Life and the hosting facility. An understanding of Rescue for Life policies will be required so that you can communicate to the business and also potential volunteers and adoptive homes.
Foster Home Liaison
A Foster Home Liaison will communicate to assigned Rescue for Life foster homes to ensure that both the foster animal(s) and the foster home’s needs are being met. Some of the tasks that a Foster Home Liaison will be involved in will include:
- Ensuring sure vet care and appointments are completed as required
- Monitoring the health of the animal(s)
- Ensuring food supply in the foster home is adequate and making arrangements with the foster family and Rescue for Life to ensure a continuous supply
- Ensuring the foster family is providing photos of the foster animal(s) on a regular basis to Rescue for Life
- Ensuring the attendance of the foster animal(s) to Rescue for Life events
This position will require an individual that has leadership abilities and enjoys working with both animals and people. This position will involve communicating to foster homes via email, phone calls, texting, or Facebook. This position will require an understanding of Rescue for Life polices in order to answer the questions foster homes may have. This position will require some driving. A valid driver’s license and a reliable and insured vehicle is required for this position.
Foster Home Volunteer
These positions report to a Foster Home Supervisor. This program places animals into your home while they are looking for their “furever” home. With the fostered animal living in the home, the demands on the volunteers’ time is much greater than other volunteer positions and requires a volunteer commitment from the whole family. Many of the animals require medication, socialization, and or obedience training. An orientation and home inspection is required prior to participating in the program.
General Administration Volunteer
The area is for people who like to help with administrative tasks such as data entry, making phone calls and supporting special projects.
A Home Checker will complete one of the last stages of the adoption process – the home check. As a home checker, you will be contacted, by an Adoption Coordinator, to complete a home check as required. Each home check will require a check sheet to be completed to ensure that the match is right for the adoptive animal in question. This position will require an understanding of Rescue for Life polices in order to answer the questions potential adoptive homes may have. This position will require some driving. A valid driver’s license and a reliable and insured vehicle is required for this position.
Rescue for Life relies heavily on marketing/advertising in order to grow the reach of Rescue for Life. As a marketing/advertising assistant you will be assigned to assist in one or more of the following areas:
- Posting ads on various sites (i.e. Facebook, kijiji, etc.)
- Facebook advertising
- Online marketing of competitions Rescue for Life enters in
- Print media marketing
- Radio/television media marketing
- Marketing/Advertising strategy development
This position will require communication with Event Coordinators to ensure events are marketed appropriately. Marketing/Advertising Assistants will take direction and report to the Communications Director. A computer and computer skills (i.e. internet, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will be required for this position.
As a volunteer photographer you will be asked to attend certain events to take photos of the event, the volunteers, and the animals. In addition, photographers will be asked to take photos of foster animals in their respective foster homes. All photos will need to be provided to Rescue for Life in a timely manner.
Computer skills (i.e. internet, email, Facebook, Photobucket, etc.) are useful in this position to allow the uploading of photos.
Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to apply for this position.
Volunteer photographers must agree that all photos taken become the property of Rescue for Life.
Public Relations Assistant
Rescue for Life requires Public Relations Assistants in order to maintain a positive and visible image in the community. In addition, Rescue for Life is always working to increase the visibility of the organization including working with new businesses, promoting education on responsible pet ownership, partnering with new vet clinics. Some of the tasks Public Relations Assistants will be involved with will include:
- Approaching and responding to businesses that would like to develop a working relationship with Rescue for Life
- Maintaining relations with existing businesses that are currently working with Rescue for Life
- Approaching new vet clinics to ensure animals in care receive veterinarian care at reasonable rescue rates
- Approaching schools in the communities we work with to encourage responsible pet ownership education programs
Social Media Assistant
Rescue for Life relies heavily on social media to promote the objectives of Rescue for Life. As a social media assistant you will be assigned to assist in one or more of the following areas:
- Website updates
- Rescue for Life Facebook updates
- Twitter updates
- Petfinder updates
- 1-800-adopt-apet updates
This position will require communication with Foster Home Liaisons and Adoption Coordinators to ensure that all Social Media is kept current. Social Media Assistants will take direction and report to the Communications Director. A computer and computer skills (i.e. internet, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will be required for this position.
Young people are among the most passionate of our volunteers. We appreciate their help and we want to ensure they can volunteer safely. Youth age 6 and older may attend a Rescue For Life event but only if an approved parent or guardian supervises them at all times. Youth aged 12 to 17 must:
- Provide written consent from their parents or guardians
- Copy a parent or guardian on all e-mails relating to their volunteer service
- Bring an approved parent or guardian with them to the events they attend as a volunteer