Volunteering together with your Dog


You want to spend more time with your beloved pooch making the world a much better place – bingo! Volunteer together with your dog! Many people think volunteering has to involve a large commitment of time, but many volunteer activities don't encompass multiple visits or perhaps a long-term commitment.  Take a look at these suggestions for volunteering:

Canine walks and runs for charity.

Sign both you and your hound up for a walk or a race to raise money for any good cause! You will probably get a t-shirt along with a goodie bag full of donated dog items for the pooch! The funds raised for a dog friendly race in many cases are donated to an animal-specific cause. Not really a runner or can't find a race that enables leashed dogs to sign up in your town? Donate towards the race or to a racing team or person and cheer on the racers from the side-lines together with your dog! Bring dog treats so you can reward your pet for good behavior in public places.

Canine fundraisers at restaurants and breweries.

Check out your city's local events for “Bow-wows and Brunch” or “Pints and Pups” events! You often purchase a ticket to pay for the price of food or drink, donate to charity and are applied for a raffle. The raffles in many cases are for doggie goodie bags or gift cards to local pet stores that donated towards the cause, too!

Rescue groups.

Would you rather volunteer within the comfort of your own house? Contact local animal rescue organizations to find out if you can get laundry (e.g. dog sweaters and items which can't go to commercial washers) to consider the place to find do in your house, interview and educate adoptive applicants via telephone calls, check references via phone and email, or transport dogs to vet appointments or between locations – you could even bring your dog as a canine copilot assuming that the weather isn't hot or too cold and that you have crates inside your vehicle to securely separate pets.

Host a dog for any weekend.

Do you simply have enough time on the weekend to look after one more pet and never all the time? Some rescues permit you to pick up a dog on a Friday night and your dog until Sunday night or Monday morning. A few days ago get-away gives the dog a rest from a noisier, busier environment if the dog is being housed in a kennel situation. In addition, the multi-night slumber party gives the dog an opportunity to absorb some extra love; not only is this a contented time, but it also gives the dog more experiences that will help him fit into his forever home after he's adopted!


Does your dog like other dogs or cats? Foster a dog or cat in your home. This really is probably the most rewarding volunteer experiences and you may make such a huge impact by opening the doors of your house.

Therapy dog. 

Train your pet to become a therapy dog! Therapy dogs volunteer together in schools, counseling groups, senior daycares and medical assistance settings (hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes). Young students could practice reading for your dog, both you and your dog could visit with residents at a health care facility, or your dog could provide comfort to a grief group as they pet your pup. It's recommended being involved and officially certified by a therapy dog organization. These organizations may provide liability insurance and other helpful resources to volunteers. You can even earn a title with the for volunteering together with your dog! 

Canine blood donor.

Contact your local veterinary school or specialty animal hospital to discover more on blood donor activities have been in your area for the hound. Your pet must meet certain criteria in order to do this important, life-saving job.  Criteria could include being between 1-6 years old, weighing 55 lbs. or more, being healthy, and achieving a friendly temperament. This would be a recurring commitment, such as a minimum of six times per year.