Application for Volunteering/Fostering

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The list below summarizes the volunteer opportunities available in Brookline. New opportunities often arise and we are always open to new ideas. Your participation in any activity can be as limited or as extensive as your schedule allows. We provide training where needed. [*Activities with an asterisk require training.]

  • Home Visits/Introductions/Finalizations*
    Conduct home visits for potential foster and/or adoptive families and work with them to find the right dog for their family. Conduct the introduction of the family to their new dog.
    Finalize the dog’s adoption with the family.
  • Owner Surrender Dog Evaluation*
    Conduct owner surrender dog evaluations and work to place those dogs with the best adoptive family for that particular dog. Conduct the introduction of the dog to his/her new family.
  • Shelter Evaluations*
    Evaluate dogs from local shelters to determine if they are good candidates for our rescue program. [Note: Shelter evaluations require specialized training and you must be certified to do OS Dog Evaluations before beginning this training.]
  • Foster Home
    Open your home and provide care for an owner-surrendered dog or a shelter dog until a new home is found (minimum of 2 weeks). BLRR provides a food allowance and covers all pre-approved vet care. An applicant cannot foster for Brookline if they are currently fostering for another rescue.
  • Transport
    Drive or assist in transporting dogs to foster homes, to vet visits or to events.
  • Public Relations/Marketing/Social Media – Be part of a team that will:
    Devise ways to publicize the rescue through TV, Radio, newsletters, articles for newspapers/magazines and school/community forums. Write and update the Foster Dog Blogs and the Rescue’s Web Site. Improve BLRR’s internet presence through social media like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Post flyers in high traffic areas to advertise events, fostering, and adopting. Take photos/videos of dogs available for adoption. Take photos of events.
  • Fundraising – Be part of a team that will:
    Plan, execute and /or assist in events such as Basket Bingo, Photos with Santa, etc. Devise, plan and/or assist in raising money through unique programs such as the Terracycling Program, Jewelry/Art sales, Yard Sale, etc.
  • Obtain donors, sponsors and contributions for events.
    Design and/or make dog-related items such as tugs, blankets, dog treats, etc. to be sold at events.
  • Events – Be part of a team that will:
    Attend and work at an Event, talking to potential adopters and distributing information about Brookline. Sell dog-related items at the Brookline Table. Transport, handle and/or answer questions about dogs available for adoption. Transport Event supplies. Help with other tasks to make the event successful.
  • Administrative Tasks – Be part of a team that will:
    Make phone calls to check the references of potential adopting families. Assist with mailings.
    Answer phone and email inquiries and forward them to the appropriate volunteers.