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Foster Volunteers Needed! Help Veterans with PTSD

Need a new purpose in the new year? Make a resolution that you’ll be motivated to keep all year long: Change lives by fostering rescue dogs who are being considered for service dog training in ARF’s Pets and Vets program. Volunteers care for and socialize carefully-selected dogs for two to four weeks. 

“The dogs selected for this program are often gentle giants,” share foster volunteers Barry and Janelle. “Each dog has already been pre-evaluated and screened.”

Save lives and help a Veteran with PTSD, a traumatic brain injury, anxiety, or depression by opening your home to a future service dog-in-training. Our team will provide full-time support, full-service veterinary care at our clinic, and all the necessary food, toys, treats, and more! 

Mie, another foster volunteer, says, “each of these dogs had an uncertain future, but they have so much potential to improve a Veteran’s life.” Volunteers foster dogs — providing socialization and evaluating how each dog reacts to everyday distractions like busy streets, bicycles, other animals, and more. Dogs with the qualities necessary for the program are matched, free of charge, with Veterans on the program’s waitlist. “I love watching these dogs transform from homeless to service dogs,” says Barry. “I’m honored to be a small part of this life-changing program.”

Join us in Saving Both Ends of the Leash® — sign up for a dog foster volunteer orientation! We promise this will be one of the most fun and impactful resolutions you’ve ever made!

Volunteerism: Helping Animals and People

Now is a wonderful time to make an impact by saving lives and giving back to your community. Our mission is possible thanks to hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Giving your time extends critical resources and provides the necessary support to animals and pet guardians.

We are continuously looking for volunteers to join our community programs positions. These volunteers connect people to meaningful animal-related resources in their communities and provide direct assistance to pet guardians in their time of crisis.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available in our foster, adoptions, thrift store, and therapy animal programs. View more ways to volunteer and give animals a second chance at love.

More Updates

Meet Our New CEO: Susan Lee Vick

Susan brings a lifelong passion for the human-animal bond and a diverse set of leadership, business, and management skills. She has two dogs, Sophie and Jax, and in her free time enjoys the company of her children, hiking, running, and trekking. Learn more about Susan!

Yappy Hour

Join us on Thursday, February 9 at 6 pm. Unwind after work over trivia, Valentine’s Day crafts, drinks, smiling faces, and the company of furry new friends. Doesn’t that sound paw-sitively amazing this winter? Yappy Hour is for ages 21+. Purchase tickets today!

Did You See the Lives You Saved? 

In case you missed it, we just released our 2022 impact video! With your compassion and support, we celebrated our 47,000th adoption and saved more than 1,750 hopeful cats and dogs. Each animal had a unique story — ready to find their new family! Watch the video!

2023 Calendars on Sale Now

Start each day with cute dog and cat photos in our Sit Stay Smile calendar, including mini stories written by their guardians. Or select our gorgeous Pets and Vets calendar, featuring rescue-turned-service dogs helping Veterans. Calendars are 35% off in the Lou Russa’s Boutique, located in our adoption center, and open Wed-Sun 12-6 pm.

Adopt Bo

Bo is a charming 2-year-old who has a big heart and lots of love to give. He’s an active guy looking for a home where he can continue his training. Thanks to one of his biggest fans, Bo’s adoption fee is waived! Learn more about Bo and the rest of our adoptable animals.