HOT LAB RESCUE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
There are many ways to help Heart of Texas Lab Rescue and we
realize that some of us have more time to help than others! Below are some of
the ways that you can help! We look forward to hearing from you!
- Fostering: Foster families are one of our most
important assets at HOTLR. Foster families are needed to provide temporary
homes for the labs that we take into the program. The more foster homes that
we have, the more labs we can save! Short-term/Emergency Fostering: Temporary
and/or emergency foster homes will be needed during times of transition and/or
when foster families need temporary boarding. This will provide financial
help to foster families that are already doing SO much for our organization.
- Monthly Foster/Adoption Events (Meet & Greet): We
will coordinate monthly events where potential adopters may meet our labs
in rescue. Families who are currently fostering will bring their lab to meet
potential adopters who are scheduled to come on that day.o Not all foster
families will be available 100% of the time to attend, so we would need a
volunteer to "sponsor" that lab for the day (i.e. pick up the dog from the
foster home, bring it to the event, and then return it to the foster home).
We are also in need of volunteers to host Meet & Greets at their home (back
yard or in a barn due to inclement weather). Our only request is that you
have your dogs in the house while the Meet & Greet is in progress.
- Traffice Control: at Meet and Greets, we are
often showing dogs to more than one group of applicants. It is helpful to
have additional volunteers to assist in particular with dog control.
- Phone Duty: Phone Duty is set up on a weekly
rotation (sign up for this on monthly Topica schedule). This duty consists
of obtaining messages on our HOTLR answering machine and returning phone calls
to answer questions or get the caller to the correct person within our organization
for assistance; a weekly summary is provided to the board via email and a
manual is provided to assist you!
- Home Studies: This type of volunteer goes to
the home of a potential foster family or adopter and conducts a study of the
home and yard to ensure that this would be a suitable forever home or temporary
home for one of our labs. Training will be provided (we would have you shadow
one of our experienced volunteers to learn the ropes)! Home Studies are always
done in pairs, so we will need two volunteers for every Home Study we conduct.
Volunteers will be needed to help transport our labs to and from foster homes,
forever homes, the vet, or shelters. Out-of-town volunteers can also help
in this way; ex. if we need to transport a lab to Houston, it helps when one
of our volunteers in Houston can meet us half way and then deliver the lab
to its destination. HOTLR dog are required to travel in a crate in your vehicle.
- Financial Sponsorships: Occasionally we take
a lab into our program, but we don't have a foster home available (right away);
in this instance, we must board this lab until we have a home available. All
expenses are paid by HOTLR; but wouldn't it be great if we had a volunteer
to financially sponsor rescue dogs in this way? This is a great way for those
who want to help, but do not have the time to help in any other way! Financial
Sponsors will receive "updates" on the sponsored dog on a regular basis.
- Events/ Raising Awareness/ Fund Raisers: Different
events that HOTLR attends will require volunteers to come and assist with
dog handling, greeting people and spreading the word about HOTLR. For example,
at our most recent Georgetown Pet Expo, we had four of our volunteers show
up to help handle dogs and to hand out literature and talk to people who came
by our booth about who we are.
- Shelter Checks: We will need volunteers to
check the local shelters on a regular basis for labs that we could potentially
take into our program.
- Post-Adoption Case Worker: After we place
a dog in a forever home, we would like to have a volunteer to contact the
family, by phone, at three different points after the dog has been in their
home for a while (i.e. follow up at two weeks, one month, and two months)
to ensure that all is going well and to let HOTLR know how our lab is doing
in his/her new home!
- Phone Interviews: We need volunteers to call
both foster and adoption applicants to phone screen them. We will train you
on how to do this. We also follow up with our volunteers on these, so you
can be comfortable with your information.
All of our volunteers are very much appreciated! Please feel
free to contact Doug Mitchell if
you have any questions about how you can help or if you would like to become
involved in any of the above-mentioned activities. A database of those volunteers
who are interested in specific activities will be maintained so that we can
contact you if anything comes up that you may be interested in!
Thanks again for all that you do for HOTLR!