Homeward Bound Rescue Volunteer Application Form

We love our volunteers and are always in need of more people to help! Here is a list of the positions that we are currently in need of volunteers to fill, along with a brief description of what the responsibilities of that position are.

Adoption Facilitator – Processes adoption applications to determine if the applicant would provide a suitable and loving home for the dog they have applied to adopt. This position requires approximately 1 – 2 hrs per day and is best suited to mature individuals who have some free time in their day and who have good interpersonal skills. The duties are performed entirely from home on their own computer. It involves reviewing applications, checking references, contacting applicants by phone (long distance calls will sometimes be required) to discuss their application. Our adoption facilitators find this job immensely fulfilling as they are responsible for finding our dogs the best forever home they can.

Home Visit Volunteers - Needed in every area in Ontario (primarily in the Durham and GTA area) to visit a prospective foster or adoptive applicant in their home to determine if they are a suitable and loving home. Home Visit Volunteers will never need to reject a applicant themselves as we will handle such notifications. This position requires a car but not a lot of time (could range from a maximum of 1 – 2 hr a week to as little as 1 – 2 hrs a month)

Volunteers Drivers – Drivers are needed to assist in transporting dogs from surrendering homes, shelter pick ups, vet appointments, between foster homes, etc. We also need drivers to pick up food donations, item donations, transport event supplies and anything else requiring a car. Drivers especially needed between London and Durham. A car, a love of driving and a willingness to drive for extended distances is required.

Dog Assessors - Needed to assess dogs potentially coming in to the foster program. Generally assessments are conducted at the home that is surrendering them or in a shelter environment. This role is performed on a case by case basis primarily in Southern Ontario.

General Event/Fundraising Volunteers - Needed to assist with a wide variety of event tasks including event set up and take down, show casing adoptable dogs, providing information about HBR to the general public and sales of items. Potential volunteers should be friendly and outgoing, willing to meet new people, passionate about rescue program and be familiar with HBR policies and procedures. Events are held primarily on weekends in the Durham region.

Foster Home - One of the MOST rewarding volunteer jobs for any rescue group is fostering. You get to care for the dog and watch him/her bloom into a star and get adopted by a perfect family! Some of the responsibilities are:
-Provide loving, stable, and responsible care for our dogs.
-Assist with training such as socialization, house training, obedience and manners. Your efforts will help the foster dog become adoptable and successful in their forever home.
-Evaluating the dog to assist HBR in matching them to the perfect most suitable forever home.
-Take your foster dog to the vet when required, for check ups or surgery. (HBR covers ALL vet costs through our designated Veterinarians.)
-Attend functions and HBR meet ups when possible.
-Receive ongoing support from our volunteers.
-Care for the foster dog in accordance to our foster agreement.
-If possible we hope that our fosters can provide food for the dog while in their care, however we often receive food and treat donations from local stores, and if so we will be happy to provide some for the foster dog!
Please note that once we have received your volunteer application our Foster Coordinator will also send you a foster home application that needs to be filled out.

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