Help Us Help Goldens
Helping needy Goldens is simply ‘GOOD for the SOUL’
Our organization is growing and evolving and moving and shaking ~ like a Golden after a bath! And we’re looking for volunteers. Is that you or someone you know? Golden Rescue is run solely by volunteers ~ a wonderfully dedicated group, sharing a common vision to safeguard the wellbeing of every Golden in our care. Our work is hugely rewarding and we would love to hear from you if you would like to help. We currently have vacancies in a number of areas.
- your preference/area of interest
- your experience in that particular area
- your phone number where our Team Resources Coordinator can reach you
Positions are listed under two categories: Casual and Team
Casual ~ occasional help every now and then when a specific need comes up such as transporting a Golden, doing a home visit or volunteering at one of our events
Team ~ working with a group of other volunteers with specific ongoing tasks…some roles are more demanding than others, some are time sensitive, and some can be done on your own timeline.
Bring your Golden or just yourself and help out at one of our many events throughout the year ~ all with the double goal of raising funds and building awareness for Golden Rescue. The events are fun and everyone ~ and we mean everyone ~ loves to talk to our volunteers about our sweet Goldens. You never have to ask for a donation ~ we simply have a ‘Please Donate’ sign and donation jar in full view. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming event, please visit and "like" our Golden Rescue Facebook page and our website at http://www.goldenrescue.ca/news-events/events to view our upcoming schedule, and feel free to reach out to Liz at any time you see an event of interest to you. PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are asked to go to our website and fill out the Volunteer Application which is different than our adoption application. Do it early and then you are ready to roll when something exciting catches your eye!
Estimated time commitment: totally dependent upon your time and availability
• Northern Ontario & Quebec
Transport help is always needed to move our Goldens from their past to their future new lives. To do this, volunteer drivers travel the province picking up our precious cargo from their previous homes, shelters, vet offices, etc. and driving them to their foster homes. Sometimes this trip is short and can be done by one person and other times the distance is greater, requiring volunteers to work as a relay team, picking up or dropping off at identified locations along the way. Obviously, this is a very important task. Drivers must have a valid licence and be willing to use their own car.
Estimated time commitment: At your discretion but usually 1-3 hours
Potential foster or adopting families require a home visit. You would visit these temporary and permanent family homes and spend about 30 minutes, engaging in conversation and asking some questions from the questionnaire we would provide to you to guide the conversation. When you return home, we would ask you to fill out the home visit form and email it to the volunteer who contacted you.
Estimated time commitment: totally dependent upon your time and availability
The Volunteer Coordinators (VCs) are vital members of the Golden Rescue team. They are responsible for the recruitment and coordination of volunteers – both two legged and four legged – for our events. These events occur during the period April to December and are an important part of both the fundraising process for Golden Rescue as well as for building awareness. It is our goal that each VC will have 3-4 events to manage during the year, which can be done remotely and involves mostly emailing with some phone work starting about two months prior to the event. The VC is not required to attend the event. The duties include, but are not limited to creating and circulating the call for volunteers in order to effectively recruit individuals for a variety of volunteer roles; scheduling of volunteers for all shifts, including handling replacements for cancellations; ensuring volunteers are engaged through consistent and effective communication; coordinating ‘thank you’ emails to the volunteers, etc. You will be provided with all the tools, training, and support you need to achieve these goals. You should have a high level of organization, the ability to think creatively and propose innovative ways to solve problems; exceptional communication skills both written and verbal, and good computer skills. Some knowledge of Google Drive would be an asset.
Estimated time commitment: 6-8 hours per event over an eight-week period
Transport Team Backup
We need a passionate Golden lover on our transport team. You will arrange the transporting of Goldens from our extensive list of avid transport volunteers. The main requirement is frequently checking emails in order to ensure prompt service to our operations team. If you’re interested, our transport team lead who would train and mentor you, would like to chat with you about the role.
Time commitment: 5-6 hours per month
Golden Rescue has a 1-800 number where individuals can leave messages regarding any aspect of the organization - from being interested in a dog on the website to how to make a financial donation. The mandate of this 1-800 number is to respond to all messages within a 3-4 hour period. We are currently seeking individuals who would be available to assist with these responsibilities. Our goal is to have a minimum of six individuals who would each take one week on a rotating basis.
As part of the hotline team, you would be responsible for responding to all incoming messages and either assist the caller by answering their question or forward the caller’s information, on a timely and accurate basis, onto the appropriate individual. You will be provided with all the training and information needed to fulfill these responsibilities. You should have good communication skills and telephone manners and be able to assimilate a wide range of information.
This role is a great opportunity to learn about the entire Golden Rescue Organization as you will be dealing with many different individuals from many different teams.
Estimated time commitment: approximately one week every six to seven weeks and about 30 minutes each of those days
Are you a Retired Educator or Active in Education?
We want to help elementary and secondary school students learn about the benefits of rescue ~ specifically Golden Rescue ~ and all that we do to give our precious Goldens a second chance at a better life. In order to make inroads into schools, we are looking for retired educators who can ‘knock on the principal’s door’ or tap into school board and teacher networks to help schedule Golden Rescue presentations. Additionally, the ideal volunteer would help develop age-appropriate presentations, deliver the presentations and/or work with Golden Rescue’s Education Team lead to find volunteer presenters.
Estimated time commitment: roughly 10 hours per month and availability during school hours is ideal
We continue to have Goldens coming into our care! We always need foster homes throughout Ontario and Quebec. Fostering a Golden and helping him/her through a transitional phase is an incredibly rewarding experience because you’re the first step in their new life. We particularly need foster families who are willing to take Goldens with medical or behavioural issues, families without any other dogs or cats in-house or families who are willing to foster a pair. If you are interested in fostering, please fill out a foster application online at www.goldenrescue.ca. Once you’ve filled out an application, a volunteer will contact you to clarify any points, answer any questions you might have, and arrange a home visit.
Estimated time commitment: Varies by dog and circumstance