If you're not ready to adopt, you can still help by volunteering at the shelter, fostering a pet in need of a temporary home, or taking a dog out on a date.
Want to walk dogs? Cuddle cats? We'd love to have you join our dedicated team of volunteers!
Here's how to get involved:
Have you heard? We’ve removed restrictions to make it easier for people to participate in our foster program. Live more than 25 miles away? No problem. Rent your home? Not an issue.
Guess what else? We provide a lot of the supplies. Food? Check. Leash? Check. Puppy pads? Check.
Fosters are critical to saving lives--now more than ever. We’re regularly transporting cats and dogs to shelters and rescues in other areas of the country, where they’ll find forever homes more quickly. Once we have pets selected for these transports, we need to get them out of the shelter for a week or two. Being in a home environment allows the cats and dogs to decompress and frees up critical kennel space. Moreover, some of our rescue partners actually require that a dog or cat be in a foster home for a certain number of days before leaving on a transport.
Whether you foster for a few days or a few months, having a shelter pet as your house guest is a rewarding, unique experience that provides a commitment-free taste of pet ownership.
To foster, you need to:
We’re often in need of fosters for:
Think of it as a short-term foster--only better.
Doggie Date allows you to interact with deserving shelter dogs in an environment of your choice. Plan an afternoon, an overnight, a weekend, or even a holiday full of fun, and we’ll hook you up with the perfect canine companion. There’s no cost or commitment, only good times—and potentially, a few kisses—ahead.
In addition to shaking up your routine with a unique experience, Doggie Date offers a host of benefits for all those involved: the dogs, the shelter, and the participants.
Complete an application either at the shelter or online. While it make take up to two weeks to process your application, you only need to apply one time. Once approved, you can come to the Shelter, fill us in on your date plans, and meet your match or potential matches. Unless a specific dog has stolen your heart already, we’ll select the dog or dogs for you based on your experience, intended activities, and date length.
We will provide you with the essentials—a collar, leash, and waste bags, plus food and a bowl, if needed. We’ll also provide you with basic instructions and ensure you’re comfortable with your date. Then you'll simply sign a liability waiver, show valid identification, and take off. You’ll need to return your date by “curfew”—a clearly-specified time.