Thank you for visiting our volunteer page. We hope that you were drawn to this page because you have considered joining the rescue team and want to know how you can help.
Rescue organizations always have work to do to help the hurting, the homeless, and the needy animals we bring into our care. From “poop patrol” to fostering and fundraising to transporting, the tasks are endless and our volunteer team is always stretched to the max
We are an all volunteer organization that is a privately funded, non-profit organization. Your time on the rescue team is needed and appreciated. Without volunteers, there would be no Boxer Rescue at all.Rescue organizations always have work to do to help the hurting, the homeless, and the needy animals we bring into our care. From “poop patrol” to fostering and fundraising to transporting, the tasks are endless and our volunteer team is always stretched to the max!
If you are interested in volunteering, we invite you to complete the “Getting to Know You” form attached. Knowing what your skills are, what you like to do, what your strengths are, how much time you have, or if it’s a one-time weekend vs. a one-day-a-month availability helps us know how we can make the most of the time you choose to volunteer. We look forward to learning more about you and we hope you will join the Boxer Rescue Team!
If you are interested in volunteering, find out more:
Volunteer to be a FOSTER FAMILY
Volunteer to help with TRANPORT of RESCUED DOGS
Volunteer to help with FUNDRAISERS
Volunteer to help with COORDINATING FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE HOMES
Volunteer to help with HOME VISITS for families who are applying to foster or adopt
Volunteer to help by DONATING
Volunteering to Help with TranSport of Rescued Boxers
The transport of rescued boxers is an important part of rescue team work. Transport volunteers do so at their own risk and agree to follow transport guidelines outlined below.
Transport of rescued dogs entails several scenarios: dogs that have already been in rescue care and simply need a ride from vet to foster home or foster home to vet; transport from initial rescue location like a shelter to the vet or to a foster home, and other occasional scenarios.
Transporting a rescues is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. We may not yet know the dog, where he’s been, what he’s been through, or what condition he’s in even though we do much checking, interviewing and researching or we may know a dog but not know how he will react in a new situation. Sometimes, the answers are just unknown; however, experience has shown us that by following the 10 simple guidelines below, rescue transports are more than successful and without incident.
No matter what the scenario, your fist responsibility to ensure that YOU are safe and not distracted while driving.
TOP TEN THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN TRANSPORTING A DOG FROM ONE LOCATION TO ANOTHER:
- Do not bring children or your own pets with you when transporting.
- Maintain a very quiet and calm mindset to make the transition easiest on the new rescue. It is in the dog’s best interest NOT to make a fuss over him. Save your affection for after we get to know the dog better. Whether his tail is wagging or not, he IS under stress and could snap or bite out of fear without provocation.
- Never hover over, hug or kiss a dog you do not know. “In your face” actions to any dog that doesn’t know you or is frightened can be considered a “threat” to a dog. Please be wise and use caution when handling a new rescue.
- Ensure the dog is tethered securely in the farthest length of the vehicle and the leash is short enough that the dog cannot reach or distract you while you are driving. Using a crate is the best option if you have one that fits in your vehicle; a back seat or SUV doggie barrier is also a good option if you have one. If you do not have these, keep the rescue on a short “gnaw proof” leash that cannot reach the driver. Cover your seat with an old blanket for transport.
- If you transport more than one dog, ensure dogs are not able to reach each other (front seat back seat/back of SUV). Our goal is to transport the dog(s) without incident to you, them, or your vehicle.
- All dogs being transported must have a collar with ID (use a magic marker and write the rescue phone number 479.601.1316). ID the dog in some way should he get loose during transport or potty break. New rescues must be kept on leash at all times.
- Do not give the dog food or treats as you do not know if he has food aggression or if he grabs the treat and accidentally nips your fingers. No bones, no chews or rawhide. A biscuit carefully tossed his way is okay if you need to lure him into the car or crate. If he is on a long trip, give him small amounts of water at a time only. You don’t want him losing his stomach in your car.
- Start your leg of the transport early in the day If your are just one of several legs of this boxer’s journey so the last leg is not having to move the dog or travel in the dark. Be sure to Transfer all paperwork and items sent with the rescued boxer to the next leg or to the person meeting you at the final destination.
- Let the transport coordinator know that your leg of the journey is complete via email or text ASAP.
- Bring a Volunteer Transport Kit (see below).
To be a volunteer rescue Transporter you must:
Have basic animal care knowledge which includes the following:
- Know how to attach a color securely so dog cannot slip out or escape
- Know how to help a dog into the car/crate without injury to yourself of the dog
- Know how to guide a dog into a crate that is frightened or unwilling to enter it
- Know dogs enough to recognize signs of fear, stress, or fear-induced aggression
- Have a valid driver’s license and current insurance on your vehicle
- A save vehicle with heat/air conditioning and plenty of gas to ensure safe transport in controlled environment
- Cell phone, email access
- GPS is a HUGE advantage if you are transporting to a location with which you are not familiar
- Ability to stay on schedule and run on time – all volunteers involved in the transport rely on the punctuality of the one before them.
- Ability to work well with other volunteers
- A volunteer’s transport kit (list below)
- Bring a printed RUN SHEET with names and phone numbers of all volunteers involved in the transport
- Crate, back seat/CRV divider
- Clean bedding
- Fresh water in unbreakable container
- Bowl for water
- Pail or Tote with the following:
- Bags for poop pick up and disposal
- Collar and leash
- Treats (only if needed to lure dog into crate or car – watch your fingers, not all rescues know how to take food gently.)
- Paper towels and wipes
- Seat cover/sheet/blanket to cover area where dog will be.
If after reading this section on transporting rescued boxers you would like to volunteer to be part of the rescue team and help with transport, simply complete the attached VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FOR TRANSPORT.
Helping With Fundraising Activities
Want to volunteer at some of our fundraising activities?
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Keep an eye on our EVENT Calendar!