Volunteer Application

Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer with Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas! As an all volunteer organization, we are always looking for enthusiastic Golden lovers to lend a helping hand, and we are thrilled that you want to join the GRRNT team. There are many different ways that you can help GRRNT.

Whether you are a people person, a planner, an accountant, or all of the above, we have a place for you. This questionnaire is designed to help us get to know you, so that we can do our best to place you in a role where your skills will be best utilized and your volunteer experience will be as rewarding as possible. Once we receive your completed application, our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you within 1-2 weeks to discuss what role may be best for you.  Please be aware that we are an all-volunteer organization and, while we do our best to contact volunteers as soon as possible, our volunteers have other commitments that may occasionally cause a delay in their response. Please also note that we are an all foster home organization, and as such do not have a facility that requires volunteers.

For information on being a Foster family, click here.

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Address
Address
Best Time to Contact?
Best Time to Contact?
Previous GRRNT Adopter?
Previous GRRNT Foster?
Do you currently own a Golden Retriever?
Experience and Special Skills
Have you ever volunteered with a rescue or shelter before?
What special skills do you possess?
Tells us more about your special skills and how you think they can help GRRNT.
Volunteer Preferences
GRRNT is constantly striving to create new and creative ways to fundraise and engage our members, which results in new volunteer needs arising frequently. As these needs arise, we will contact those who have submitted this questionnaire. There are also certain areas in which we consistently and continuously need volunteers. These areas are listed below. Please indicate your interest in each opportunity.
Foster
Foster homes for our rescued Golden Retrievers is something our group will always need. We do not have kennel space. All of our dogs are placed with loving families until they are adopted. The more foster homes we have, the more Goldens we can assist. Fostering entails assuming responsibility for the care of a dog, as if it were your own, for the period of time it takes to find a permanent home. Many of these dogs have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. As a foster family you will be asked to provide your foster dog with quality dog food, toys, basic training, stability, and, most of all, love. The love you provide is a large part of the therapy the dog needs in order to adapt successfully to his or her new forever home. Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas covers all medical expenses for the foster dog. All vet visits must be pre-approved and the dog must be taken to a participating vet. In most cases, any medical issues will have been resolved before you receive the dog. Some foster families may assist with special needs dogs; for example those recovering from heartworm treatment, hip dysplasia surgery, or other extensive medical conditions. This kind of care requires time and dedication to the dog so it isn't for everyone. However, it can be a very rewarding service and is worth considering if circumstances permit.
Pet Sitter
GRRNT offers dog-sitting services for previous adopters and GRRNT members. For a small fee, the dog(s) will stay with a volunteer at the volunteer's home while their owner is away, giving the owner the piece of mind that the dog is getting plenty of TLC and individual attention. GRRNT petsitters are contacted on an as-needed basis, so it provides considerable schedule flexibility. Owners are required to bring the dog's food, medications, etc.
Meet and Greet Transporter and Attendant
Getting dogs to Meet and Greets is key to getting them adopted. While it is primarily the job of the foster families to get them to the Meet and Greet, foster families sometimes have other commitments that prevent them from attending with their foster dog. In those cases, GRRNT has a volunteer coordinate with the foster family to pick the dog up on the day of the Meet and Greet, take the dog to the Meet and Greet and show him/her to potential adopters, and then return the dog home. GRRNT makes every effort to match transporters with fosters that are geographically close by, and every foster family must send with the dog a short list of information about the dog.
Meet and Greet Table Attendant
At our Meet and Greets, GRRNT sells shirts, calendars, and other GRRNT merchandise. Table attendants sell these items and answer any general inquiries made by potential adopters. They may also occasionally be asked to hold a leash.
Intake Transport
GRRNT takes dogs in from shelters, as owner releases, and as strays. Once the Operations Team has decided to take a dog, a volunteer will be sent to retrieve the dog from its location. While GRRNT primarily serves the Metroplex, we will occasionally take a dog from greater distances. Volunteers can volunteer for either long or short distances, or both. Once the dog is picked up, it will be taken to a GRRNT vet assigned by the Operations Team. Note that, as with all transport jobs, the volunteer will be using their own vehicle and should be aware that many dogs we take in are in bad shape and may be dirty or ill and measures should be taken to protect the vehicle surfaces. Transports are almost always done between 8 AM and 6 PM on weekdays, when shelters are open.
Voicemail Return
GRRNT maintains a voicemail line where people can leave messages for the rescue. Typical calls include calls from owners needing to surrender their Golden, Good Samaritans and shelters calling to have us take a found Golden, potential adopters inquiring about the status of their application, and owners calling to report a lost Golden. A voicemail return volunteer is responsible for returning these calls, gathering the necessary information, and forwarding it to the appropriate person or people within GRRNT. Volunteers work this job in one week increments.
Fundraising Committee
The average cost to vet a Golden taken in by GRRNT is over $600, while the adoption fee is no greater than $350. The Fundraising Committee works to bridge this gap by holding events and coming up with new and different ways to raise money for the organization. This group also puts together the yearly calendar put out by GRRNT, is responsible for applying for grants, and puts together all auctions and raffles.