Yes, we need a whole "Village of people" to assist in the smooth transition of a homeless golden retriever into a new forever home.
If you have been thinking about sharing your time and talent for golden retrievers who fill your heart with joy, consider volunteering with GRRMF. We have many different and diverse opportunities for you to consider. You're welcome to do as much as you want as often as you want or just choose something that fits your time and talent and allows you to get your feet wet with the experience.
We are a diverse gathering of volunteers from many different walks of life. We love enfolding new faces with fresh ideas into our family of dedicated golden lovers.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
Knowing that you are helping to save precious goldens.
Getting to know other golden retriever lovers.
Doing fun things with your dog!
Making a difference in your community - being one of the "best"!
What are some areas I may be of assistance?
Speaking with an adoption or foster applicant about their application and our rescue is one of the critical first steps in our adoption application process. This position offers flexibility of hours and you can live anywhere to help us in this role as all communication is done by phone and computer (document preparation and email). By becoming a phone screen volunteer, you will learn the policies and process in our rescue and be able to educate our applicants when you speak to them about their application. Concluding the process is providing feedback and any questions as a result of the call to the application processing coordinator. As a phone screener, you would be the first voice of the rescue to a potential adopter with the goal of finding the best forever home for dogs in our care.
Home visit team
The last vital step in our foster and adoption application process is
visiting the applicant's home to ensure safety and soundness for a GRRMF's dog placement. All volunteers are welcome. The more we have the quicker the new family is approved and ready for a golden. This also means a golden's time waiting if a foster home is shortened as new family is already standing by. Some critical areas of coverage needed are Tampa, Debary, Brooksville, Gainesville, Spring Hill, Clermont, Longwood, Port St Lucie and Ft. Pierce.
Safe and gentle arrival of our goldens into the GRRMF program is critical to the surrendering family and our organization. Transporting is a rewarding experience that can be a surrendered golden’s “Welcome to Rescue”, or a golden’s exciting trip to its foster home. Transporting a golden is helping that golden on its path to a better life and a loving forever home. If you love to drive, see areas of Florida you may never have seen before and meet our new dogs at the threshold, this is the job for you. You get the opportunity to be the first touch of the dog when they arrive in rescue and share your important observations of the dog while in your care. Our volunteer hours are mainly weekdays during the day and occasionally Saturday mornings/early afternoons. We need help throughout our area with some additional special needs in the Ocala to Gainesville areas, Orlando, Tampa as well as Daytona and Melbourne.
Private foster homes are critical to our organization in the care and nurturing of our rescued goldens. We need fosters who are willing to open their hearts and doors to take on the challenges of our homeless goldens. Your home and loving support of these wonderful dogs is the main ingredient in their mental and physical road to recovery while waiting for that new special family to call their own. Please see more on our Foster Experience page and fill out a foster application.
Our volunteers LOVE our annual rescue reunion which takes place every year on a Saturday in February. Be a part of the planning and fun to help organize and/or support the awesome activities on the day of the event! Planning calls start early in October of the prior year but some of our dedicated volunteers think of this event year-round gathering personal and corporate sponsor items for grab-bags, the silent auction or our fantastic raffle table baskets.
We always have room for writers. We love sharing written stories of our organization through educational features regarding dog ownership and health and especially sharing stories and adventures regarding the dogs in our care. We are always looking for fresh eyes and new thoughts and experiences to help GRRMF spread the “tales” in our newsletter as well as on our website and Facebook venues.
A special part of our media team is photographers. We never have enough great photos to share and always have room for more photographers. Great pictures can make all the difference in helping our goldens get adopted. All photographers in all locations are welcome with additional assistance needed in Polk, Brevard, Manatee, Hernando and Pasco counties.
Are these the only areas available?
We have many more areas of volunteer teams in addition to those listed above. We have volunteers working in adoption placements, intake of golden’s into our program, our medical team, admin / accounting teams and events (planning, setup or simply help man the tables). The list of volunteer opportunities is quite extensive and we welcome your participation.
What do I need to do to begin volunteering?
Fill out a volunteer application
or simply drop us a note at email@example.com and let us know where you would like to help.
Thank you for your support and opening your hearts and home to help our GRRMF goldens!