Volunteer Sign Up

Rescue is a community of volunteers

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, non-profit dog rescue that is run by people who love animals, just like you. We are all volunteers, and the more volunteers we have working towards the same goal, the more dogs we can save. Just a few hours out of your week will make a tangible difference in saving the lives of dogs, and it will be a fun and rewarding experience too.

There are many ways to get involved, and even if you’ve never worked with a rescue before, we are here to support and train you. Take a look at some of the volunteer opportunities we have below, and then fill out the form to learn more.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

APPLICATION SCREENERS

Like to chat? Volunteer to help screen potential adopters from the comfort of your own home. You dictate the schedule and set up phone interviews with potential adopters to discuss their adoption application, and get insight on the adopters, their lifestyle, and the types of dogs they’re interested in. You will be their first point of contact with the rescue, and the insight you gain will help us understand the type of dog who will best suit their home.

HOME VISIT TEAM

Visit potential adopters in your local community to ensure their home is a beneficial environment for one of our rescue dogs. You control when and where you want to volunteer, and you can choose to be very part-time or a regular contributor. After contacting already-screened applicants to set up a time to drop by their home, you will look for things like fenced yards and sleeping arrangements, and discuss their readiness for taking on a new dog. We need home visit volunteers from all over the DC metro area.

FOSTERING

Provide a temporary, loving home for a recently rescued dog until a permanent adopter can be found. Fostering is the backbone of rescue, and we can only save as many dogs as we have foster homes to take them in. This is a very important and gratifying role that offers direct interaction with dogs, and often a critical role in their rehabilitation. You can do short and long term fostering, and we will work with you to find a foster dog that fits with your home and lifestyle. We can never have enough fosters.

FUNDRAISING

We rely on donations to operate, and need volunteers with fundraising savvy who can help us develop creative campaigns to raise our profile in the community and encourage giving to continue our mission. If you have ideas you want to discuss or experience planning events, we’d love to talk with you.

TRANSPORT

Give a rescue dog a ride to his foster home, adoption events, or next vet visit. Transport needs can be both local and regional.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Great pictures have a very powerful ability to attract adopters to the dogs we save. This matters because the sooner they’re adopted, the sooner we can save another dog. If you have photography experience and a good camera, and can take pictures of the sometimes uncooperative subjects we have coming into the rescue, we need you!

EVENTS

We have special fundraising events throughout the year that are fun and a great way for people who just want to get involved and do outreach. We need outgoing people to set up and manage these events to talk to people about rescue and encourage them to apply for some of our dogs up for adoption, or get involved and join the team.

SIGN UP TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER