Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

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.

volunteers and their goldens

Volunteer application

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?

Click here for our current areas of opportunity where help is needed!


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.

volunteer with senior golden

Hearts of Gold Therapy Team

A wonderful opportunity to support our Mid-Florida communities.  If your dog has an interest in therapy work and has completed their CGC certification, please review our exciting program information at and complete the volunteer application at the bottom of this page.

Events & Fundraising

We are always seeking volunteers to help at GRRMF events. Currently we are in need of a event volunteers to help our teams expand in central Florida (Orlando area) including an event coordinator and expanding our volunteers for event in our east coast area (Melbourne / Cocoa Beach).

We also need a pawerrific leader for our fundraising efforts! You don’t need to be in Florida to help our rescue in this space as we have great volunteers with their paws on the ground here. We need a leader for sourcing idea’s and maturing the idea’s into achievable events for GRRMF!

Volunteer With Dog

Transportation Team

Safe and gentle arrival of our goldens into the GRRMF program is critical to the surrendering family and our organization. If you love to drive and meet our new dogs at the threshold, this is the job for you. Our volunteer hours are mainly weekdays during the day and Saturday mornings/early afternoons. We need help throughout our area with some additional critical needs in the St. Pete/Clearwater area and Tampa to Orlando I-4 corridor, Ocala to Gainesville areas as well as Daytona and Melbourne.

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. Some critical areas of coverage needed are Brooksville, Spring Hill, Clermont, Longwood, Debary, Tampa and Lakeland.

Communications/Media Team

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. We also need volunteers who can manipulate photographs for web/media presentation, help update our website, and support the technology end of social media.


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.

volunteer with her golden


We need computer oriented, reliable volunteers who are willing to work with inputting information to our databases and systems on a regular basis. Strong Microsoft Excel skills are awesome!


It takes a lot of effort to run GRRMF from an administrative perspective. Do you have good accounting or business management skills? We are always looking for excellent business oriented volunteers to help out.


We need people to help do phone interviews of adoption applicants, help process applications, and assist with matching dogs with perfect homes.

What do I need to do to begin volunteering?

The first step is to fill out the GRRMF volunteer application below.  This online application should only take a few minutes to fill out.  Once we receive your application, our GRRMF Volunteer Coordinator will contact you.

Volunteer application

Thank you for your support and opening your hearts and home to help our GRRMF goldens!


- Want To Adopt -

If you are writing us about adopting a dog and do not have an adoption application on file with us, use this link to review our policies and process and complete an application.

If you have completed our adoption application, and/or have another inquiry, please use the email link to contact us.

Adoption Application Email Us