Our generous volunteers are the reason we have been able to place over 4,500 pets into loving forever homes since 1999.
Without them, our rescue would be severely limited in its ability to make a lasting, positive impact for the hundreds of dogs that wag their way through our doors every year. Children under 18 years of age are more than welcome to volunteer with us, however, they must be accompanied by a trained parent or guardian. Volunteer opportunities involving any interaction with our dogs require an orientation as well as training. Have questions? Give us a call at (530) 832-4727 or email us at and we will be happy to help.
Being an adoption counselor for HSAR is a very rewarding and fulfilling role. Volunteers receive thorough training and help place homeless dogs into loving, forever homes. Counselors are responsible for looking over applications, introducing dogs with visitors/other dogs, educating potential adopters about our mission, offering advice, and making informed decisions after speaking with and assessing potential adopters.
Spend Time with a Rescue
We are always looking for volunteers to take dogs on field trips during the day. Need a hiking partner? Walking buddy? Somebody to watch the clouds pass by with? We've got a dog for you! This kind of outing is extremely beneficial for the rescues in our care. Of course, you are more than welcome to spend time with the dogs at our rescue too. We have a nice meadow to walk through, big play yards, a gazebo with shade, and a comfy couch in our visitation room.
Foster a Dog
Some of our rescues need to be placed into loving foster homes until they are adopted. There are many reasons a dog would do better in a foster home; some may require extra medical attention, need a quiet space to relax, or would just do better in a home environment. While others may offer up their homes until a dog is adopted, not everyone has to commit to that kind of timeline. This is what we call "a shelter break". We have foster families that will take a dog into their caring arms for an overnight, a weekend, a week, a month, etc. Sometimes that's all people can offer, and for us, it's more than enough. Foster families give us a better idea of who a dog is once they are comfortable. They are truly an invaluable part of what we do here and we are so thankful for them.
Showing Dogs at Offsite Adoption Events
HSAR brings 1-3 adoptable dogs to the Petco on S. Virginia St. in Reno every Saturday! Volunteer adoption counselors are present from 10am to 2:30pm with the mission of finding dogs wonderful families and returning with an empty van. This is a great opportunity for our rescues to socialize and get used to being around many different types of people and other dogs too!
Fundraising and Events
We are always in need of volunteers for our events and the weeks leading up to them! Help us get the word out by hanging flyers, banners, and passing out programs. Handle dogs at events and help with adoptions, specific event activities, set up and packing up, or selling raffle tickets!
Driving Dogs to and from Vet Appointments
We work with several different vet offices (Delleker, Quincy, Reno) and rely on volunteers to transport a number of dogs weekly or biweekly to their appointments. Kennel Techs will get the van or car ready for you and make sure the dogs are tucked away safely. Sometimes emergency appointments pop up, that's when we need volunteers the most!
Front Office/Clerical Work
Have front office skills and want to help our rescue in a different way? Come on over and help with phone calls, assist adoption counselors, make dog profiles, call adopters who need follow ups, or send thank you letters.
Handyperson Work and Maintenance
We are always in need of a handy person! If you have a special skill or would just like to lend a hand with more general maintenance, please stop by or give us a call. Painting, plumbing, replacing lights, gardening/weeding, doing laundry when the washing machine is in need of service, shoveling snow/plowing, mowing, organizing, fixing fencing, etc.