Dog Foster Event Volunteer


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Town Lake Animal Center1156 West Cesar Chavez StreetAustin, TX 78703


Dog Foster Event Volunteer

Position Description: Represent APA! and assist dog foster parents and dogs at special events around town. Duties include assisting fosters to ensure the safety of their foster dogs and the public, advocating for APA! and the Dog Foster program, occasional setup and breakdown of the event.

  1. Arrives prior to event to set up tent/table (if needed) and ensures that the event site meets all safety standards

  2. Checks in with Event Coordinator or Lead and offers help as needed

  3. Ensures that foster parents understand rules for dog handling, including touching, holding, sanitizing, etc.

  4. Provides support to the foster parents and their dogs, ensuring adequate access to water and helping with dog management.

  5. Answers the public’s questions about the APA! Foster program and the dogs that are present.

  6. Takes notes about foster dog behavior and needs, and reports any incidents such as a dog bite.

  7. Reports behavior/needs/medical notes to Dog Foster Events Team Lead and Dog Foster Adoption Matchmaker.

Performance Measures

  1. Attends a minimum of one event per month

  2. Arrives on time at event location (usually 30 min prior to the event start time for set-up, otherwise 15 minutes prior to scheduled shift)

  3. Submits site notes to Dog Foster Events Team Lead and Dog Foster Adoption Matchmaker within 24 hours of the event

  4. Reports any dog bites or other serious incident to the DF Events Team Lead and/or Dog Foster Manager within 1 hour (Note: make sure you have name and contact information of person bitten - see also Bite Protocol

Time Commitment: Varies, but expectation would be to cover a minimum of one event per month at a range of 3-5 hours per event.

Skills Required: Enthusiasm for APA! and good people skills; email and phone access. Some dog handling knowledge preferred but no experience needed - we will train you!


  • Event Management
  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Critical Thinking

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • minimum of 3-5 hours a month

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