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Recruiting Organization: Their Voice Rescue

To volunteer and have a lasting impact on rescue dogs in our care, please fill out the Volunteer Application at: https://theirvoicerescue.org/volunteer


Why Volunteer?

When you give your time to an animal rescue, you are not only having a positive impact on the animals but also your community. According to The Humane Society of America, there are nearly 70 million domestic dogs in America. Out of those 70 million dogs, sadly, more than 3.1 million dogs will end up in shelters each year, and tragically out of those 3.1 million, approximately 390,000 shelter dogs will be euthanized.

To help decrease the number of dogs euthanized each year is why Their Voice Rescue was founded. Our 50-acre sanctuary is a safe haven for dogs we have pulled from kill shelters and with the support of our donors, we work to ensure our dogs receive the proper care, love, and emotional support they deserve as they await their perfect, forever home.

As a volunteer for Their Voice Rescue, you will gain a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day care our dogs receive and the people responsible for providing the love and attention they deserve.

Volunteers will work closely with our Head of Animal Care, Rescue Manager, and caregivers to achieve total well-being for our dogs. Please communicate all medical and behavioral observations to the Head of Animal Care and/or Rescue Manager without bias. Showing compassion to the animals in our care and helping to reduce stress through enrichment activities, socialization, and keeping their living space and kennel environment clean, are just a couple of ways to help make their time at TVR more comfortable and happy.

It goes unsaid that volunteers must love dogs and they also must know and understand that dogs in our care are not always friendly with other dogs and might be under-socialized with other dogs and/or humans before they arrive at TVR. As a result, they may bark a lot, pull on their leash, and display other unpleasant or unexpected behavior. Please understand, this can be a very noisy and challenging environment at times. We are here to give TVR dogs the love, care, and attention they need and deserve but also to help our dogs learn skills and manners to set them up for success in their forever home.

Ways to help:
  • Providing care and handling for dogs who might have come from difficult backgrounds and will need extra patience and compassion
  • Providing care for dogs that might have significant medical issues, including various contagious diseases, some of which could be zoonotic
  • Feeding dogs in strict adherence to posted feeding instructions, including special diets and supplements
  • Cleaning the dogs kennels that will include exposure to dog feces, urine, blood, and other bodily fluids. It’s not uncommon to have dogs in our care who are not house trained, so individual kennels might need to be cleaned repeatedly throughout your shift
  • Ensuring all dogs have clean and fresh water available to them at all times
  • Reporting behavioral and health observations to the Head of Animal Care and/or Rescue Manager
  • Walking, basic training, and socializing the dogs frequently throughout the day and evening
  • Adhering to any and all training plans implemented by the Head of Animal Care and/or Rescue Manager and any trainer or expert consulting on behavioral or medical concerns for the dogs
  • Adhering to a philosophy of positive reinforcement training and handling dogs with a calm and patient mentality at all times
  • Grooming the dogs, including brushing and bathing
  • Ensuring that all areas of the kennels and work stations are kept clean and organized daily
  • Assisting with off-site adoption events, including transport, coordinating
  • Assisting with volunteer recruitment
  • Assisting with community outreach and networking
  • Subject to dog bites and scratches while handling dogs of questionable temperament
  • Regular bending, reaching, kneeling, sitting on the floor, crouching, and dog walking
  • Lifting up to 50 pounds (if physically able)
  • Working outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to tolerate the emotional aspect of work in an animal shelter environment
  • Potential for exposure to animal feces, blood, and zoonotic diseases

Volunteering at Their Voice Rescue benefits your overall well-being, while your responsibility is to be in the moment and fully aware of our dogs’ needs, moods, and overall happiness. This makes us more empathetic and compassionate, not only to animals but to people as well.

By caring for our dogs who have experienced trauma, abandonment, surrender, or abuse, we learn more about ourselves and feel good about helping those in need. The gift of giving is powerful!


COVID-19 precautions/protocol

  • Remote interview process until the final on-site interview
  • Mask required when working in all interior locations on-site
  • Temperature screenings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, and cleaning procedures are in place

Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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