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733 8th Street Southeast
Washington, DC, 20003
United States




How Can I Help?

Rural Dog Rescue is looking for volunteers to join many of 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. Learn more about our open positions below! 

current open positions

volunteer team

Volunteer Coordinator: Responds to volunteer inquires at volunteer email account, assist volunteers with finding a team, tracks volunteer follow-up.  *Leadership position

adoption team

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

foster team

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

Foster Team Volunteers: Assist the foster team by helping pack supplies and medication for fosters

fundraising & Donation team

Fundraising Volunteers: Sets up individual fundraisers for dogs requiring special medical needs.

Donation Thank You Letter Volunteer: Prints and mails donation thank you letters. All supplies provided.  *Virtual Position

operations team

Dog Intake Team/Veterinary Records Management: Assists the Intake Coordinator in uploading new dogs records, maintaining current records, logging journal entries and reminders for medications and vaccinations.  *Virtual Position

marketing team

Facebook Album Creator: Creates Facebook Albums for adoptable dogs. 

Marketing Materials Printing Coordinator: Assists with printing for events. Access to high volume color printer and willingness to donate printed materials a must. 

events team

Photographer: Photographs our adoptable dogs. Please check our events page for more info on upcoming events. Takes photos for approximately 30 minutes during an event and then sends in the photos within a week for social media and dog profiles. 

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, getting dogs ready for event, setting up the table and taking it down at adoption events. Events are every Saturday at Howl to the Chief from 12pm - 2pm. We ask that dog handlers commit to one Saturday 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.  Some areas groups have helped before: holding dogs at our adoption or special events; hosting a fundraiser, supply drive, or off-site adoption events; or virtually sponsoring a dog by networking and marketing them as a team to help find them a forever home. We have hosted the GW Swim and Dive Team, the GW Volleyball Team, and many volunteers from The Washington Center! Contact for info!

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