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733 8th St SE
Washington, DC, 20003
United States

4103104420

Volunteer

How Can I Help?

Rural Dog Rescue is looking for volunteers to join our teams. 

As an all-volunteer organization, Rural Dog Rescue depends on our dedicated network of volunteers to help us save our dogs from high-kill rural shelters.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our volunteer form: https://rdr.formstack.com/forms/rdr_volunteer_form.

current open positions

volunteer team

Volunteer Coordinator

Responds to volunteer inquires at volunteer email account, assist volunteers with finding a team, track volunteer follow-up.

adoption team

Adoption Application Processor

Arranges phone calls with potential adopters, references and vets as part of the screening process for adoptable dogs. 

Adoption Email Liaison

Directs email inquiries sent to adopt email account. Must have access to email and be able to respond regularly. 

foster team

Foster Application Processor

Arranges phone calls with potential fosters, references and vets as part of the screening process for fostering dogs. 

fundraising team

Fundraising Coordinator

Trains interested fundraising volunteers. Responds to requests and inquires about sponsorship. Conducts outreach for fundraising.

operations team

Email Inquiry Line Liaison

Directs emails sent to info email account. Must have access to email and be able to respond regularly. 

marketing team

Profile Updater

Updates current dogs on RescueGroups with new photos/videos and information. Creates Facebook Albums for adoptable dogs. 

Marketing Materials Printing Coordinator

Assist with printing for events. Access to high volume color printer and willingness to donate printed materials a must. For the right volunteer, we can coordinate pickup of materials and/or pay postage.

Website Updater

Adds special events to the Squarespace website. 

events team

Cantina Marina Monthly Event Assistants

RDR has monthly fundraisers at Cantina Marina on May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4 from 5pm - 8pm. The Cantina Marina event assistant will check-in with the restaurant staff, check-in any volunteers and bring RDR materials to hand out. Let us know if you can help with any or all of these events.

Special Events Assistants

Attends special events for a shift, coordinates set-up and take-down, answers questions from general public at events. Acts as the point of contact for event volunteers at events you lead. 

Special Event Volunteers

Helps special events assistants with event set up and/or take down. Acts as a representative of RDR at fundraisers. 

Adoption Event Volunteers

Assist with handling dogs, setting up the table and taking it down at adoption events. Events are every Saturday and Sunday at Howl to the Chief from 12pm - 2pm. We ask that dog handlers commit to one weekend day a month for a minimum of 6 months.


Belong to a group looking for an outing?

Rural Dog Rescue also welcomes groups looking for community service hours or team bonding events, to help out at our Adoption Events. We have hosted the GW Swim and Dive Team, the GW Volleyball Team, and many volunteers from The Washington Center! Contact volunteer@ruraldogrescue.com for info!

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