Volunteers with a Mission
Work with a caring, dedicated group of volunteers who are postively impacting the rescue and placement of Great Pyrenees dogs and Pyr mixes across the county. National Great Pyrenees Rescue needs volunteers for the national rescue effort and encourages volunteers to help with Pyr rescue efforts around the country.
Volunteer Help Wanted
Please fill out the online volunteer application for any of these positions. If you have already completed a volunteer form, then please email us to let us know of your interest. Please put the title of the position in the subject of your email. Thanks!
Review applications for rescue dogs, respond to applicants and conduct phone interviews with them, do vet checks, set up home visit, recommend appropriate dogs to families from listings of available dogs, coordinate travel arrangements, follow through on adoption contracts and placements of dogs.
Skills: Good organization skills and telephone skills, access to e-mail several times a day. Ability to access online data base. Should be familiar with the breed.
Availability: Can be done during the day or evenings.
Tools: Applications list, adopter list, volunteer list and online dog listings.
Estimated Time: Flexible, 4+ hours weekly.
Shelter Intake Coordinator
Call and e-mail shelters where Pyrs needing rescue are located, alert closest rescue volunteers, fax or e-mail forms, arrange for fostering, boarding, transport or medical. Work with web coordinator to get dogs posted online.
Skills: Good organization and telephone skills, medical knowledge about care for dogs, good judgment about what is possible and not possible, access to e-mail several times a day. Ability to use Excel and Word documents.
Availability: Must be available for some time during day.
Tools: Pull guidelines, rescue contacts list, 501-c-3 form.
Estimated Time: As much as you can give.
Gather digital photographs and information about dogs so web coordinator can post them online. Work with shelters and fosters to get accurate assessments about dogs.
Skills: Ability to download, crop and resize digital photographs. Must have access to software for photo editing (Photoshop, Gimp, Photoshop Elements). Ability to write up compelling stories about rescue dogs, submit them with photographs to web coordinator. Access to computer and e-mail required.
Availability: Can be done on weekends or evenings.
Tools: “Dogs Needing Foster” list.
Estimated Time: Two-three hours a week.
Other Ways to Help
Volunteers are needed for many different jobs. There are lots of ways to help.
Fostering: Rescue needs good foster homes for dogs like these. Fostering saves lives. Every dog that goes into foster allows front line rescuers to pull another dog from a kill shelter. We make every effort to ensure that the foster dog matches your lifestyle and is compatible with your family and pets and we will relocate a dog that is not. Depending on your comfort zone, you could foster dogs coming from a shelter or after they have completed the quarantine period and have been evaluated by an experienced foster. Spending time in a foster home will provide a smooth transition for a dog into their "forever home". While the dog is with you, your input will help rescue volunteers find the best possible family match for the dog. Please read our National Pyr Rescue Fostering FAQ.
Home Visits: Meet with families interested in adopting a dog. A visit is scheduled when all household members (including pets) are home, usually on a weekend but sometimes on an evening during the week.
Dog Assessment: Volunteer to evaluate rescue dogs in your area. When an owner is interested in surrendering their dog or a dog is at a shelter, someone needs to evaluate the dog. The evaluation determines whether the dog is a Great Pyrenees or Pyr mix, their temperament and whether this dog is placeable. You can always consult with other rescue volunteers if you need help.
Transport: Drive a rescue dog within a 1-3 hour radius of your home. Transportation is usually in close proximity to you, and you can let us know how many miles you might be willing to drive. The entire route is mapped out by the location and time available of the individual volunteers in that area.
Donate a Product or Service: Do you have a skill that could help rescue or a service you can donate? Please tell us about it!
Please fill out the Volunteer Application Form. And thanks for helping rescue.