Volunteer with CARE!
Thank you for your interest in working to accomplish CARE's mission! Volunteers are the backbone of the CARE organization, which offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities!
SATURDAY SHOWINGS - Volunteer handlers for adoptable dogs and cats are needed each Saturday to show the animals at CARE headquarters. The opportunity for the public to "meet and greet" the adoptable animals increases their chances of adoption, and also allows us to explain CARE's mission to our Saturday guests!
HEADQUARTERS/GIFT SHOP - Be the first to welcome guests to CARE's headquarters/gift shop! Friendly, helpful, and positive volunteers provide an important introduction for our guests to CARE and its mission, assist CARE employees, and provide valuable public relations/fundraising support by greeting the folks who shop our great gift shop items offered in partnership with Just Dogs! Gourmet.
SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS - Volunteers work CARE's low-cost surgery clinics for dogs and cats in our community whose families need financial support for sterilization services. Clinic volunteers handle paperwork, tagging and weighing pets pre-op, assisting with recovering pets post-op, laundry, and other helpful tasks.
"PAWS IN PRISON" TRANSPORT - CARE often needs volunteers to transport for these great adoptable dogs from the prisons to/from appointments with the veternarian or at CARE headquarters. Volunteers especially who own larger vehicles offer more kennel space, therefore, transport for more dogs. Pet carriers and any necessary equipment is provided by CARE to its transport volunteers.
ADOPTION CASEWORKERS - These volunteers are essential to CARE's rescue/adoption effort, both for adoptable pets in foster homes and in the Paws in Prison program. Caseworkers receive and review adoption applications and work closely with CARE staff and the foster family or Paws-in-Prison team to match potential adopters with the most appropriate adoptable pet. This special volunteer opportunity offers the chance to experience the incredibly rewarding process of helping a homeless pet find his or her "forever home!"
FOSTER COORDINATOR: The Foster Coordinator is essential to our foster program. This volunteer is primarily focused around the temporary placement and follow-up of pet's foster families within the foster program. The Foster Coordinator works directly with the Programs Coordinator and the caseworkers to help build our foster program and keep it running smoothly.
WEBSITE and SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER: This volunteer helps staff our website and various social media accounts. Typical tasks include keeping webpage content current and updating Facebook and Petfinder. Hours are flexible, and the average time commitment for this volunteer position is about a few hours per week.
SPECIAL EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS -
Paws on the Pavement - CARE's 5-K race, followed by a 1-mile run/walk event for dogs and owners, followed by a dog carnival is a fun outdoors happening that CARE has offered for many years and is now well known to central Arkansans! Adoptable pets are on-site, vendors offer pet-oriented items for sale, veterinarians offer microchipping, and food/drink/games abound. Volunteers are needed for planning as well as a a variey of tasks on the day of the event!
Paws in the Vineyard - A memorable night of wine-tasting, delectable hors d'oeuvres, and a fabulous silent auction. Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up, wine pouring, and more!
Paws on the Runway - CARE's annual runway event at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion spotlights local celebrities and their pets, as well as adoptable CARE dogs who walk the runway and entertain the crowd! Food/drink/ auction items accompany the runway show. Volunteers are needed for planning, as well as registration, auction set-up and sales, and wrangling the canine models as they await the runway!
Photos with Santa - Photographs of our community's pets with Santa Claus is holiday fun! Volunteers handle check-in, photo package sales, and assist Santa and his photographer as needed!
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Since CARE does not have its own kennels, we depend on our fosters to keep our CARE animals. If our fosters ever need extra food or dog beds or anything of the sort, we provide them with that. CARE is ALWAYS in need of these items:
- Donating dog/cat food or treats
- Donating towels, blankets, and/or beds
- Donating collars, leashes, or harnesses
Please bring your completed CARE Volunteer Release Form with you the first time you volunteer!
Questions? Call 501-603-CARE (2273), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.