Freedom Service Dogs enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs & custom training them for individual needs.

Volunteer

Volunteering

Foxy with volunteersAt Freedom Service Dogs, volunteers are critical to accomplishing our mission.  We are deeply indebted to these amazing people.  We strive to create an environment that is friendly, fulfilling, and fun for volunteers.  Our volunteers work with staff to support daily operations and provide a healthy and enriching environment for our dogs.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.  You can find our application process here.

Volunteer Opportunities

On Site Opportunities: Our biggest need is volunteers who are willing to work in the kennels with our caretakers.  We also need volunteers to assist with administrative tasks and other projects at our facility.  Please let us know if you have a skill you would like to share with us.  For on-site volunteering, shifts are flexible and are available during these times:  Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  If these times do not work for you, we still need your help with our off-site opportunities.

  • Kennel Assistant/Dog Enrichment

Volunteers will help the dog caretakers provide a safe, clean, and enriching home for our dogs.  Tasks may include taking dogs to the play yard, brushing and other enrichment activities with dogs, washing bowls, cleaning, doing laundry, preparing kongs, and walking some adoptable dogs.  These tasks are critical for ensuring healthy and trainable dogs.

  • Office Help

Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays to help with light administrative duties such as preparing mailings, data entry, treat preparation, etc.

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  • Other Opportunities for Volunteers.

Once you have completed ten hours as a kennel assistant/dog enrichment volunteer, you will be eligible to take dog walking classes.  The goal of these classes is to give volunteers the skills to consistently reinforce training while walking.   As you complete classes to the satisfaction of our trainers, you will be able to take more dogs for walks on nearby trails.

 

Off-Site Opportunities:

  • Fostering Dogs on Weekends and Holidays

The importance of fostering reduces our dogs’ stress and provides good practice for when they are placed in their forever homes.  Our foster families provide our trainers with useful information about what our dogs need to work on. Weekend fosters typically host their foster dog from Friday evening to Monday morning.

**Fosters must complete the on-line volunteer application and background check.  They must also take the Weekend Foster class (in addition to the General Volunteer Orientation) and complete an additional foster application. **

  • Speakers Bureau

Freedom Service Dogs gets more requests for speakers than we are able to accommodate. With the help of our Speakers Bureau, we strive to attend as many as we can.  These engagements often results in new volunteers, new community partners, new donors, or simply newly educated minds!  Once you have volunteered on site and learned about our organization, you can train to become a member of our Speakers Bureau.

  • Special Events Team Member

We have many fun fundraising events throughout the year, including the Doggie Plunge and Diamonds in the Ruff. We are looking for people who want to be involved in these events. Our volunteers are critical to making these events a success.

With your support, Freedom Service Dogs is able to achieve great things for both our dogs and clients. 

 

Volunteers Hudson Gardens April 2014

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