FCAR is a volunteer organization and we need your help to accomplish our mission. Listed below are just some of our volunteer needs. If you have any talent or skill we can use it! If you have no talent or skill we still need you! Everyone can make a difference by volunteering at FCAR.
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Adoption Day Volunteer
Each weekend we host an adoption event at a local business, usually a pet store. We load up 15-30 animals in one van, and crates and other needed items in another van. We need assistance with the following tasks:
Van drivers, from shelter to event in morning; from event to shelter in afternoon
Unload supplies, setup crates, unload animals from van; Load all vans back again after event
Greet potential adopters and share information about our rescues
If you have one hour a day once a month that you can assist with an adoption it would make a significant difference. We take up to 30 animals in one day and the more volunteers that we have assisting the easier it is on everyone. Check out our event schedule and pick the location that is most convenient for you. Your assistance would truly be appreciated and will be rewarded by doggy kisses from our rescues!
Animal Photographer & Videographer
Many people searching to adopt a rescue animal does so via the internet. If we can post gorgeous pictures, funny videos and compelling stories we increase an animal's chances of adoption. We always need volunteers to take photos and videos of our rescues to post on Petfinder, our website and in various media releases.
For simplicity we prefer that you bring your own camera/video camera and have a way to get the media to us via upload, email, etc. This volunteer activity can be accomplished on your schedule. Once we orient you at our shelter then you can set your own schedule, we always need assistance and you can come anytime between 8am - 6pm.
The primary requirement of this activity is patience and being comfortable handling animals. You need to be able to put a leash on a dog and safely take them back and forth to our "photo pen" and/or bring a friend to help you. If you are good at taking digital pictures of moving targets and enjoy taking short videos, this would be a great way to assist us in finding homes for our rescues.
We take 15-30 animals to adoption events almost every weekend and let's face it, dogs are much more adoptable if they smell good! Most of our rescues are in outdoor yards where they can romp and play all day, but that also means they spend their days getting muddy, dusty and stinky.
You can help bathe dogs before adoption day (Thursday or Friday) so they are more appealing to potential adopters. Or help during the week bathing special needs dogs, such as dogs with allergies, new dogs with (non-contagious) mange, skin infections, etc.
This volunteer activity requires that you feel comfortable bathing large and small dogs, are able to lift dogs into and out of the bathtub, and are willing to get totally soaked in the process!
Special Events Volunteer
We need volunteers willing to work in small teams to plan special events to raise money for the rescues at FCAR. We will generally have 1-2 people lead the overall planning, however the tasks for these large events can be monumental. By putting together a small team of capable and willing team members we can put on quality event and spread the work out among the team.
Special Event Volunteer includes things like creating and distributing posters, gathering supplies, soliciting volunteers and sponsors, scheduling locations and vendors and so much more. If you are a go getter, enjoy working on a team and love the satisfaction of raising money that will make a difference for the animals, join us as a Special Events Volunteer.
Document Writer / Graphic Artist
Are you a great writer? Can you tell stories, write newsletter articles, create promotional materials or media documents? Are you a graphic designer or artist? Can you develop posters, graphic media, logos, posters, etc.?
We always have a need for professional assistance with writing documents or developing artwork for a multitude of projects and programs. We will provide the direction, you provide the creativity and experience in developing the final documents.
To be a foster parent you need:
To have love and time to give an animal as they await their forever home
To have a safe, secure environment where the animal can stay
Your current animals up to date on vaccinations and on monthly heartworm prevention
Transportation to bring the animal to the shelter for veterinary care and adoption events
We will provide all of the food, medical care, dog houses, and other necessities for your foster animal. We have proven, over and over again, that foster parents make a significant difference on finding homes for our rescues. There is no time commitment for being a foster parent. A weekend get away for a rescue, emergency foster during cold weather, foster a long timer or anything in between, contact us today to help! Click here for more information on fostering.
Shelter Animal Socializer & Dog Walker
Are you willing to provide shelter dogs and cats with love, companionship, attention, exercise and training? We have a beautiful facility set on 5 acres where you can enjoy the sunshine and provide much needed love and attention to a rescued animal as they await their forever home. When you first volunteer we will give you a tour of our facility and help you to select the animals that you will socialize and explain how everything works. Once you are comfortable, you can set your own hours to come and visit the animals.
Every spare minute you can give them will make a difference. Bring a book and sit and read to a terrified new puppy. As time goes on that puppy in the corner will be sitting in your lap nibbling on your book. Take a senior dog for a walk up the road to stretch their legs. Sit in the cathouse and let the cats wind their way around your legs into your lap.
This volunteer activity just requires your time and love. A simple way to make a huge difference in the lives of the animals.
Special Events Coordinator
If you are organized, can dedicate a large block of time during the planning of an event and enjoy leading a team of people in support of FCAR, we need you! There are so many great special events that can be held to raise funds for FCAR, but it is a lot of work and takes a very efficient and effective person to lead the effort. Of course our team of volunteers are there for support, especially on the day of the event, however the lead coordinator for the event handles the coordination of everything.
This role includes working with members of the community, other volunteers, planning the events, gathering needed supplies, advertising, etc. Examples of past special events include a 5K run/walk, bike race, touch-a-truck, adoption event at parks, golf tournament, etc. If you are comfortable leading large scale projects and can lead just one event each year, contact us today! We are currently seeking a lead coordinator for an annual bike race and 5K run. We cannot hold these events until we have someone volunteer for the lead role.
There are multiple programs that can be developed that will assist in the ongoing task of raising money to keep our shelter in operation. We would like to put together a Fundraising Toolkit where members of our community can hold their own fundraisers to benefit the animals of FCAR. We would also like to offer a business / community program that will excite our community about being a partner of FCAR.
If you are energetic, organized and enjoy working with people in the community you can make a difference in the role of Fundraising Coordinator.
General Office Support
The paperwork and administrative duties in running an animal shelter are significant, and at times overwhelming. We need volunteers willing to come to our shelter, on a regular basis, to assist. Due to the variation in tasks that need to be done, this role is best served by people who can dedicate at least 4 hours on a consistent basis (i.e. weekly, monthly, etc.).
Tasks include posting pictures on Petfinder, sending thank you cards, updating databases, answering phone calls and at least a million other things. Some days will be busier than others, but once you become comfortable there will be literally an endless amount of work that you can help with. This role requires a regular time commitment, basic computer skills and ability to self manage and prioritize multiple tasks with very little supervision.