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

4103104420

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Volunteer

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

adoption & Foster teamS

Adoption Coordinator: Rural Dog Rescue is looking for an Adoption Coordinator. This volunteer position is responsible for coordinating the adoption application process, managing adoption team volunteers, and assisting the director in selecting the best home possible for each of our available dogs. The Adoption Coordinator should be prepared to respond to adoption-related emails at least once a day, and should be passionate about helping homeless dogs find their forever homes. They should attend at least one Saturday adoption event each month. 


Adoption or Foster Application Processor: Arranges phone calls with potential adopters or fosters, checks references and vets as part of the screening process.

volunteer team

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

events team

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.  

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. 

Marketing Team

Social Media and Marketing Volunteer: Assists with creating graphics and social media posts highlighting adoptable dogs, upcoming events, and foster needs.

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


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 by: 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 volunteer@ruraldogrescue.com for info.

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