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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


You can make a BIG DIFFERENCE to our Animal Rescue Organization in New York. Don't like any of our Formal Volunteer Opportunities "C" -- how about "A" or "B" below.

Our formal opportunities are listed in "C" --- to apply follow "Please Read" #4.

Make sure to click on [+] READ MORE button below to read more information on this opportunity!


  1. COMMUNITY HOURS: Letter ONLY provided for some In-person Opportunities (see #4 to find these positions) BUT if you do any of these at your school/church/community center you could have someone LOCAL be a Coordinator of your hours. Also see the BIKE, WALK, JOG, HIKE OR RUN (Exercise and record your miles for free $$) opportunity too!
  2. HOURS: Vary by the idea/position
  3. We are a non-profit Rescue located in Long Island, NY.
  4. TO LEARN ABOUT MORE POSITIONS: There are 21 other Opportunities (includes VIRTUAL)! ** PLEASE CLICK ON THE BLUE "Ruff House Rescue (RHR)" LINK (located on the upper, left-hand side of the page ABOVE the red "I want to help!" button). ** Once a new page opens click on "See Listings" Then click on the volunteer listing you are interested in learning more about.
  5. While awaiting a response back from RHR please visit our website:
Thank you!
Below are some ideas for mature volunteers. And if these ideas don't seem to fit you -- you can always check out our formal opportunities or the internet or Pinterest for more!! The sky is the limit!!!
  1. Dodgeball Tournament:Collect a registration fee from teams and sell tickets. You can earn extra money by having a concession stand.
  2. Food Drives (please contact RHR at for the brands of pet food and treats) at schools, churches and neighborhoods
  3. Baby Photo Contest:Have participants display their baby pictures and collect $1 votes for the cutest baby.
  4. Big Losers: Participants are sponsored for every pound they lose, and donate the money they raise.
  5. Frisbee Golf Tournament: Collect entrance fees.
  6. Buck-a-Pound: Participants pay $1 for every pound they lose and $2 for every pound they gain in weekly weigh-ins.
  7. Cook-off: Invite guests to compete for bragging rights as you charge guests to come and sample and vote for the best.
  8. Pancake Breakfast: Host a public breakfast, charging a set fee for the meal.
  9. Bowl-A-Thon: Collect pledges and bowl a set number of games.
  10. Benefit Concert: Get a popular band or group of bands to sign on to donate a portion (or all) of the ticket proceeds.
  11. Potluck Days: Have participants bring their favorite dish along with copies of the recipe and charge each person to eat lunch or dinner.
  12. Comedy Night: Have a comedian perform. Sell tickets for the event and give a percentage of the proceeds.
  13. Super Bowl/Stanley Cup/World Series Party: Have a party, charge admission and have people bring lots of food.
  14. Blue Jean Dress Down Day: Have participants pay to have a day to dress in comfy jeans.


  1. Food Drives (please contact RHR at for the brands of pet food and treats) at schools, churches and neighborhoods
  2. Hot Coco & Lemonade Stands/Bake Sales
  3. Jewelry Making to collect donations for RHR
  4. Dance Marathon: A continuous, multi-hour event in which participants raise funds through pledges.
  5. Treasure Chest: Fill a chest with donated prizes and sell keys to open the chest.
  6. Silly String Shoot Out: Auction off or sell cans of silly string and take aim at volunteers who are good sports like a teacher or a principal.
  7. Movie Night: Approach your local theater or movie store to ask about sponsorship initiatives (a discount or provide the event for free) with the promise of publicity. You can offer inexpensive admission, plus donated concession snacks.
  8. Magic Show: Charge for tickets for a special show.
  9. Celebrity Doodle Auction: Though this idea can take some time, by sending requests to celebrities asking for their one-of-a-kind doodles for auction.
  10. Car Wash: Select a location and time that will offer significant public exposure.
  11. Recycling Drive (in states with can deposits): Collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles all year round and donate proceeds from the recycling center.
  12. T-shirt Sale: Sell t-shirts with an original design and donate all or a portion of the proceeds.

C. > FORMAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Some positions can be ON HOLD based on if we have enough candidates at this point in time!

(Copy and paste the above link into your web browser or Click on the blue "Ruff House Rescue RHR" link located on the upper, left hand corner of the screen)

  1. **Urgent** Dog Walkers [or] Kennel Cleaners -- 3 hrs/week! (Freeport, NY)
  2. Adoption Counselors, Post-Adoption Counselors [or] Foster Coordinators (Virtual)
  3. Create Your Own Volunteer Position (Virtual & In-person)
  4. E-mail Assistant [or] Social Media Blogger (Virtual)
  5. Exercise (Walk or Bike) record your miles for Free $$ -- ResQWalk a free mobile app (Virtual Opp)
  6. Face Book "Likes" -- Promote our Face Book page (Virtual Opportunity)
  7. Foster-to-Adopt [or] Foster Dogs/Puppies ** Urgent** (Freeport, NY)
  8. Garage/Tag Sale [or] Tupperware, PartyLite Hosting (Virtual Opportunity)
  9. Grant Researcher/Writer [or] Fundraising Scout (Virtual)
  10. Internet Surfing --- 3 Ways to Help Out (Virtual Opportunity)
  11. Junior Volunteers -- Virtual Opportunities (and In-person too)!
  12. Transport Our Pets (Near Freeport, NY)
  13. Owner Surrender Coordinator (Virtual)
  14. Pennies for RHR Fundraiser -- Easy, Any Age/Group (Virtual Opp)
  15. Photographers & Videographers (In-person)
  16. Post Flyers [or] Install/Collect Donation Boxes (Long Island, NY)
  17. RHR Store Assistant (Long Island)
  18. Shoppers Get Your Coupons & "Shop-On" (Internet/Virtual Opportunity)
  19. Supplies for Rescue's Kennel (Virtual and In-person Opportunity)
  20. Smartphone + Exercise w/ Wooftrax = Free Money for RHR (Virtual)
  21. Wear Jeans for A Day


If the above Opportunities don't look interesting or don't have the time -- Below are Monetary Ways To Help:

1. Adopt a Dog/Cat:
Pre-Adoption Questionnaire located on
Available pets on Petfinder:

2. Donate:

Make your donation larger with your Employer's Matching Grant Program!

Why? They may match dollar for dollar or a certain percentage of your donation for Registered Charities such as Ruff House. Please ask your Human Resource Department if they have one and how to register for their program.

a) Drop-off at Rescue or Order Pet Supplies:

See RHR’s Wish List on (see below) for products needed. Or order on-line if you live outside of the area (Amazon’s RHR’s Wish List):

b) Via on-line with Credit Cards (Visa, Master, Discover, American Express):
One time donation or a monthly/automatic donation. You do not have to have a PayPal account to make a donation.

c) Via Mail (With a Check, Money Order or Credit Card):
Credit Card must include 9 pieces of information
- Name of Card Holder
- Card Number
- Master Card, Visa, Discover or American Express
- Billing Address (include zip code)
- Expiration Date
- Security Code (3 digit on the back of the card)
- Signature
- Phone Number
- E-mail address (to contact you in the future for events and happenings at RHR)
Mail to: Ruff House Rescue, PO Box 365, Oceanside NY 11572

d) Kuranda dog/cat Bed: (directly put you into RHR's account)

3. Buy Merchandise (t-shirt, tank top, sweater or dog hoodie):
For your someone special’s birthday, Valentine’s, Graduation, Mother’s/Father’s Day, Christmas or other holiday event: & click on the Shop tab.

4. Sponsorship:
With an ad or article in the local (NY) news media.


Our mission is to rescue homeless pets that suffer from abuse, neglect, and indifference. Our goal is to create awareness of the epidemic of homeless pets and educate on the importance of spaying and neutering, ID tagging, and training these pets. Through our rescue efforts we are both saving lives and cultivating the natural connection between man and his best friend.

Website: (for information)

Face Book: Ruff House Rescue NY

Ruff House Rescue, P.O. Box 365, Oceanside, NY 11572




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