We are ALWAYS looking for passionate people to join the Wagging Dog Team! Contact us to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. It takes a bunch of dedicated people to keep a small, busy dog rescue running. Some volunteer work can even be done remotely.
Check out some of the many ways you can help below or fill-out our volunteer application and tell us about your special skill or how you’d like to help! You can email the completed application to email@example.com.
Fundraising (also remote)
This is a nonstop job for any charity and particularly critical for a rescue like ours that takes in dogs with higher medical bills. We need people who can find creative ways to garner us some much needed donations; people who get things done, ‘Go Getters’ to get us some Barks! I mean, Bucks!! If you’d like to help with this very crucial need, please fill out a Volunteer Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Videography (also remote)
Wagging Dog Rescue is looking for a talented volunteer who can create engaging video compilations for our wonderful rescue dogs in order to help them find forever homes. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth ten times more. Nothing quite captures the joy and spirit of our dogs like a good video. We/our fosters would provide both still photos and video clips for use in the overall composition. Additional text information about our rescue and the dog available for adoption, as well as any necessary video credits, would also be needed in each design. If you’d like to get started, fill out a Volunteer Application and send it to email@example.com and indicate that you’ve got the makings of a star movie producer!
Dog Marketing and Publicity
We do a lot of our marketing online but we still like to cover our bases the old-fashioned way. We need fliers and brochures printed and posted and we always need people to tell their friends about us and our dogs in need of a foster or forever home. If you work at a coffee or sandwich shop, vet’s office, pet store, or visit these places, or if you know of any billboards in your area and are able to keep our fliers posted there, or local websites to list ads for free, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, send in your Volunteer App, and help us get our dogs out there!
Got some extra Facebook know-how? Have a FB developer account already and familiar with custom tabs and stuff? The only other thing we would need from you is a bit of your time to help us with our page 🙂 Email a Volunteer App to email@example.com and let our coordinator know of your mad skills.
We need creative writers for our FB page!! You may have noticed that it’s been a little slow at times this year. Our dedicated writers actually work 40-80 hour work weeks (where they actually get paid money) which makes it tough to keep up with a busy fb page. Are you passionate about animals and rescue, computer savvy with mad creative writing skills? Cuz we need you! We use Google Drive and Dropbox a lot to share info about our critters. Our admins typically utilize the facebook scheduling tool which allows them to donate their writing time when able and schedule posts to publish when our viewers are online. Writing for our Orphans is one of the most important aspects of our rescue effort.
We need a helper or two on our IG page. This is probably the easiest volunteer role we have lol. A new IG admin will begin by just copying/pasting from the FB page. Once you get your feet wet, if you wanna take the reins and go for a gallop on your own, great! Creative use of # is a big plus on IG. Admin would also help field any comments/questions from our IG supporters.
To assist our writers who have one of the toughest jobs of all (writing is taxing on the brain!), we’d love to have the help of a dedicated content visionary to direct our social media/marketing throughout the year. We’ve found that if one volunteer can come up with the content, it’s much easier/quicker for the writers to write about it. As you’ve seen on our social, we share a variety of content ranging from our Orphans to educational info, current events and news, funnies, recalls, rescue needs, and so much more.
We really haven’t done much with newsletters in the 7 years we’ve been rescuing. We’ve tried but would really loooove to have some help with this. We actually have a TON of great writers in the rescue fam, but we need a boss – someone to give us deadlines and tell us what to do. We’re hoping to find a volunteer who’s versed with Mailchimp, who can help design a WDR Newsletter and assign writing tasks to the restovus to make that vision come true. We have so much to say lol but just not enough time to say it all. Can you help us stay in touch with our constituents and regale the world with our amazing rescue adventures?
Foster Coordinator (So. Cal. please)
This is one role that will really do best with someone who’s here in SoCal with our fostered critters. You don’t have to drive to all of the fosters’ homes or anything, but this is one of the major roles in our rescue so we’d just like you to be nearby We’re searching for someone who lives DOG. Basically a dog in human skin. A foster coordinator should have above average canine savvy for obvious reasons. They should also be comfortable interfacing with people as you’ll be in close contact with our furbulous foster care providers who are spread from SD to LA and beyond. This is a big request, so we’re automatically asking you to become part of our inner circle. We need someone who has Time and Passion to jump in head first and eat/sleep/live rescue with us. I know it’s a lot to ask of anyone which is why we don’t have a foster coord right this second, but if you’re a dog person thru and thru and this sounds like something you’d love to do, reach out! We have some of the most incredible foster parents and rescued animals, and I can honestly say that we’re all better people just for knowing each other (PS there will be an occasional Wagging Cat or two. Don’t worry if you’re not a feline expert also; we have a couple specialists on the team who gladly provide help whenever needed.)
In a big world of dog rescues and dogs to adopt, we want to make sure our pooches get the best possible chance at a loving forever home. If you’ve got an eye for design and are interested in making unique eye-catching Facebook cover photos, fliers, logos, t-shirt designs and other forms of media, we’d be grateful for your talents, time and expertise. Our Dogs will be pretty grateful too 🙂 We also have a simple need for someone who can edit photos of our pack, lightening up shadows, sharpening phone pics, cropping, and adding text/logo before we upload our dog pics for use. This work is best done in a fairly quick turnaround (few days vs. few weeks?), because we are always in dire need of new pics from our foster parents so we can spread the word about our Wagging Dogs. If you are artistically talented and have time to help us with any of these design needs, please send us a Volunteer Application to firstname.lastname@example.org!!
Online Dog Marketing
In an online world even dog adoption must go digital. We at WDR maintain a robust online presence that involves a number of sites including Facebook, Petfinder, Craigslist, and more. If you would like to be involved in the everyday maintenance of these sites or if you have a favorite site you’d like to take charge of for WDR, please send us a Volunteer Application to email@example.com!!
Barn Cat Program Coordinator (So. Cal. please)
This is another volunteer position that’ll be best served with someone in the area. We created our Barn Cat Program earlier this year when a serious need presented itself. It’s a great program and there aren’t too many of them in SoCal which is why we feel it’s so necessary, and why we branched out from solely focusing on dogs. This is not a difficult role, especially for a crazy cat person! I wish our phone lines were flooded daily with calls for feral working cats, but they aren’t. That said, we do still receive inquiries and referrals and could use some help fielding those, chatting with potential adopters, approving barn homes, coordinating feral cat rescues and deliveries, etc. C’mon! There’s gotta be some CCL’s out there besides me! Join us. Meow. https://waggingdog.org/barn-cats/