In addition to our critical need for foster homes, there are many opportunities where one could volunteer their time and skills. Listed below are a few areas where volunteer services are needed:
Meet and Greet Coordinator. The purpose of meet and greets is to have our foster dogs available at various venues for the public, particularly potential adopters, to meet them. The Meet and Greet Coordinator would contact and receive invitations from various venues (like pet stores, etc.) to schedule meet and greets. There can be a Meet and Greet Coordinator for various regions; for instance, Central Sound, South Sound and Eastern Washington; Bend, Oregon, etc. The Meet and Greet Coordinator would attend the event or find someone to be there in his/her place. The Meet and Greet Coordinator would contact the Volunteer Coordinator to send notification to foster families, letting them know of scheduled events so that they can bring their foster dog(s) to the event. Note: Meet and Greet Coordinator position has been filled for Portland area.
Fostering. Provide a temporary safe home for a rescued dog and to help it adjust and decompress from its previous situation. As a foster parent, you would provide love, patience and perhaps some basic training until your foster dog is ready to be adopted permanently. Fosters may need to take their foster dog to a veterinarian for needed medical attention (paid for by GBR) and administer meds as prescribed by the GBR veterinarian. Foster families are so important to GBR, because without them, we could not help the dogs we do, we could not change the lives we change. For more information and our foster application please visit Foster A Rescue Dog.
Flight Escorts. Flight escorts travel independently to China or South Korea on GBR-designated airlines with the express purpose of returning with rescued goldens. Flight volunteer would meet the foreign contact at the airport at a particular time, help check in the dogs as baggage, and pay for the dogs' airfare (GBR pays this fee). Take the dogs through USA Customs carrying the appropriate paperwork (provided by GBR). Meet GBR representatives at baggage claim to turn dogs over to GBR.
Dog Evaluations. Visit a dog in a shelter or former home that is likely to be released to GBR and provide written feedback to GBR. We require the evaluator bring a friendly dog along, to see how the dog being evaluated behaves with unfamiliar dogs (the volunteer’s dog does not have to be a Golden Retriever).
To get involved with any of these volunteer opportunities, please complete our Volunteer Application and let us know your interests. And thank you!