Volunteer Opportunities at GRFR

How you can help and make a difference.

Volunteers are the life-blood of Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue!  GRFR is 100% volunteer run and wouldn’t exist without the efforts of literally hundreds of awesome volunteers.

Do you have some extra time and would like to volunteer for GRFR? There are many tasks to be done in order to find each and every dog their forever home. If you are interested in volunteering with GRFR, please take a look at some of the opportunities listed below. This is not all-inclusive, so if you have a special skill and you want to help, just let us know! To apply, please fill out a volunteer application.

Foster Homes

Foster homes are the foundation of GRFR. We are a foster-based rescue, we can only save lives because of the wonderful foster people who volunteer to take animals into their own homes, care for them like their own family members, socialize them, and prepare them for their forever homes!

The patience, structure, basic training, exercise and socialization that you give them as a foster parent will help them to better transition into their forever homes. 

GRFR provides all medical care for foster animals, as well as a collar,tags and a microchip. 

Additionally, we provide training and behavioral assistance and education to help you through any problems you may experience.

We ask that you commit to keeping your foster animal until he/she is adopted. With puppies and younger dogs, this may only be a matter of a week. For fosters working with adult animals, the commitment is usually longer. We understand that sometimes an animal is not a good fit in a foster home, and in those rare situations we will gladly move the dog to a different foster home. But we hope you will commit to keeping the animal for the duration of its time in foster care.

Fosters realize that by helping an animal temporarily, the foster is able to save many animals rather than just one. 

If you would like to join our team of foster homes, please complete our Foster Application.   

Join us today to save a life and give a deserving animal a second chance.

Event and Fundraising Volunteers

Do you enjoy socializing and attending fun events? GRFR is looking for volunteers who would like to help with upcoming events and fundraisers. We need people who are creative, social and out-going who are willing to take on projects from start to finish including research, planning, logistics and coordinating volunteers.

Home Visit Coordinators

GRFR needs volunteers to help set up and schedule home visits with new applicants. You can volunteer from anywhere in this role; home, cabin in the mountains, mom’s house, even Hawaii! This role requires some initial training, basic computer skills and a two to four-hour commitment each week. You must be a team player and also be able to work independently. People skills required as you will be talking with potential adopters. We have a great team of people to work with!

Phone Interview Volunteers

Did you know that GRFR currently has over 25 hopeful adopters just waiting for their telephone interview? If you enjoy chatting with people about their love of dogs and hearing about why they want to adopt from GRFR, this is a wonderful opportunity to help prospective adopters and our dogs. You can do phone screening from the comfort of your own home, in your slippers and robe! Please don’t make families who have recently lost dogs to cancer or old age wait for weeks before starting the process of finding a new companion to fill the emptiness in their lives. The more approved homes we have, the faster we can place dogs, and the more dogs we can save.It’s all part of the rescue process, and we need your help! Can you spare an hour a week?

Transport Help

Help GRFR dogs get where they need to go! The transportation team is always looking for help with getting dogs from one point to another. The majority of the time, it’s to take dogs from the CARE transport arrival to a foster home. We have a few mid-day transports where a dog will come in using another transport service. Sometimes, we need transport help with our canopy or boxes of supplies for events. Those transports generally have much more leeway in terms of timing. As with all our volunteer activities, you are never required to do a particular transport assignment. The assignments are emailed out to all our active transportation volunteers. If you are interested in doing one of the transport runs, simply email the coordinator back!

Transportation Coordinators

Help us make sure all our dogs coming in from out of state get to their destinations here along the front range! You will work with other transportation coordinators to get rides set up for dogs that need them. Because there are multiple coordinators, there is a built-in backup if you will be out of town or otherwise cannot help with a specific transport. This position requires regular access (during your week of coverage) to email and the ability to log onto a web-based e-mail account. You will receive e-mails from GRFR’s foster team and will need to work with the foster home coordinator to determine which dogs are being picked up by their foster homes, and which dogs need rides. You will send e-mails to our transportation volunteers to find someone who can drive the dog to their destination. Ideally, the transportation coordinator will be available to help contact ride-givers in the event the transport is late and to relay information from transport volunteers who may be stuck in traffic and late arriving to the transport. The job is shared between multiple coordinators, we normally run with five coordinators, so you would cover every fifth week or during the absence of another coordinator.

Foster Home Coordinator

The Foster Home Coordinator is responsible for finding foster homes for incoming dogs, and finding new foster homes and respite foster homes as needed. The Foster Home Coordinator publishes the Foster Newsletter, updates GRFR databases, provides support to foster homes, and coordinates with vetting, transport, and adoption to meet the needs of the dogs and the foster homes. The Vice-Chair of Dog Process supports the Foster Home Coordinators, especially in challenging situations. The Foster Home Coordinators rotate these duties weekly. We currently have two Foster Home Coordinators, but we would like to have four so each coordinator is on-call about once a month. If you are an organizer, love dogs, are computer savvy, and are willing to donate your time for a week a month, this may be the job for you.


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