Thank you for your interest in Volunteering!
Offering a dog or cat a temporary home until their forever home is found can be a very rewarding experience. Nothing compares to watching a pet grow in mind, body and spirit, and the wonderful personal fulfillment of knowing you played an instrumental role in helping a pet transition from a life of uncertainty or abuse to a forever home can last forever.
We at OOTW can only accept as many pets as we have a foster homes available and sometimes we have to leave the pet to an uncertain fate. Won't you Please consider becoming a foster home for OOTW, fostering will give you great satisfaction of knowing you have helped save a life and we can't do it without you. Would you like to help an animal in need by becoming a foster care provider? It's simple. Please review our Code of Ethics and then fill out the Pet Foster Application. Once received, we will contact you to discuss your application and our foster care program. Please note that a home visit will be required. See Fostering FAQs below.
How long is the foster care commitment?The length of foster care for each animal varies depending on its needs. Fostering may last from two weeks to several months.
What are the expenses for a foster parent?OOTW provides and covers the cost of all veterinarian care needed for your foster pet, as long as the pet is taken to an OOTW approved veterinarian clinic. If you choose to use your own veterinarian, we cannot be responsible for the expenses. OOTW furnishes some of the supplies as needed to care for foster pets. This may include food, litter, bedding, toys and other items as needed. Foster parents are to be responsible for the safe transportation of Pet(s) as needed. OOTW is not responsible for any damage or injury caused by a foster pet while it is in the care of a Foster Care Volunteer.
What are the requirements for foster parents?Prospective adult foster parents must complete an application, agree to the "Code of Conduct" and a personal interview with an OOTW Representative. Home inspections are conducted next.
Things to considerWhen outside, puppies and dogs must be supervised in an enclosed yard or on leash. Kittens and cats much be kept indoors at all times.
Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.
With your help, we will be able to save more lives and ensure that those rescued will have the chance to find the home of their dreams!
It helps build organizational strength. That strength comes not only from growing and retaining volunteers and enhancing programs, but also in the sense of ownership that volunteers gain when they become visible advocates for the OOTW organization. You, the volunteers, have credibility that paid staff never have. You can promote OOTW because you believe in it. Volunteering is a personal choice, not your job. Using volunteers extends the resources of OOTW organization. Volunteers provide extra hands that enable OOTW to make a difference in the lives of wonderful pets that might not otherwise live. Because we do not have a faculty most of our volunteer opportunities are specific in nature.
Please check out our volunteer needs below to see if you can help (Descriptions maybe updated as needed).
Check back often as our list may have changed.
- Temporary Pet Sitting Rescue Animals: Short term fostering when fosters/independent rescuers are out of town.
- Case Managing: Responsible for managing and supervising rescue cases and ensuring that fosters/independent rescuers understand and follow the OOTW guidelines. CM's are responsible for scheduling vetting appointments, listing the animal online, and following all adoption procedures.
- Photographing Rescue Animals for Webpage: Must use your personal camera and be able to upload images to a computer.
- Animal Socialization: Responsibly taking a rescue animal to play, exercise, and/or socialize with humans and/or animals.
- Taking & Handling Rescue Pets at Animal Showings: Picking up a current rescue animal in the OOTW organization and taking it to a animal showing for exposure.
- Taking Rescue Pets to Vet Appointments: Picking up a current animal in the OOTW organization and taking to a vetting appointment. We will work with your schedule. Typical drop offs are 7:30-8:30 a.m. and pickups are 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Marketing: Join a marketing committee to brainstorm and execute ideas to connect with the community and get our name out in a positive light!
- Fundraising: Join a fundraising committee to brainstorm and carryout ideas to financially benefit OOTW.
- Event Planning: Woof, Wag, and Wine Committee
- Setting Up Animal Showings with Local Businesses: Responsibilities include booking the venue, advertising, setting up the event, and to direct, coordinate and supervise the showing.
- Adoption Follow-Ups: Courtesy calling to follow up once an animal has gone on trial with a new family, as well as, follow up with adoptive families to see how their OOTW family member is doing.
- Grant Writer: This committee is responsible for completing grant applications for funding.
- Data Entry/Administrative Tasks: This committee is responsible for clerical entry and must be computer savy.
- Financial Partner: OOTW relies on its supporters to ensure that our life-saving work will continue. Your tax-deductible donation will help OOTW continue to rescue, nurture and adopt rescue animals into loving homes.
- Event Sponsor: Financially partnering with OOTW Rescue for a public event. This includes positive publicity of your organization on our website, social media, and possibly t-shirts.
- Animal Grooming (Experienced)
- Vaccine Administration (Experienced)
- Carpentry: OOTW loves volunteers for fence building, etc. (Experienced)
- Training Animals: Ranging from basic commands to Animal Behaviorist (Experienced)
Have special skills or qualifications that we didn’t know we needed? Skills and qualifications can be acquired through employment, previous volunteer work, or other activities such as hobbies or sports, so fill put a an application anyway, and let us know what you can do for us. Ready to volunteer? Just review our Code of Ethics and then click below.