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Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  We have opportunities for any and every level of age, skill, talent, and time availability.  Experience not necessary, but good attitude, ability to roll with the punches, think on your feet,  and come home with paw prints on every pair of shorts you own are required.  Payment is $0, but the sense of satisfaction, pride, and accomplishment is priceless……



Perhaps the most special of all our volunteers, Shih Tzu Rescue Foster Families open their homes and hearts to dogs until they can find a forever home of their own!  Although they are well cared for, our dogs long for human interaction that can only be found by being part of a family.  The Rescue provides all the necessary medical care and medication, all you provide is the home and love!



Help the Shih Tzu Rescue get the word out about our dogs to help them find forever homes at parks, festivals, and adoption events!  This is the perfect opportunity for those volunteers who love to schmooze and can work over a crowd one on one. 



Help the event organizer assemble the team and supplies they need including fliers, tables, supplies, t-shirts, information to distribute, etc.



If you have an interest in being “hands on” for the shelter and aren’t afraid of a little dog poo, have we got the job for you!  The most hectic time for our staff is in the morning – can you imagine getting 91 dogs cleaned up from the night before and getting them fed?  Most of the week we have it covered with no problem, however, Monday and Tuesday mornings we are a bit short staffed!  If you have some time early the in the morning (7AM-11PM) and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, we could really use some help.



Many of our dogs have never had the human interaction, love, training, and socialization they need to help them to fully develop their personalities to catch the eye of that someone special who is looking for a new member to add to their family!  Our Socialization team will have the opportunity to be a buddy to one of our guests and work with them one on one to teach them basic commands and help them to increase their self esteem and overcome their shyness and fear in a loving, controlled environment.  The Shelter provides clinical programs to follow, so no prior behavioral experience or PhD is necessary!



Our full time groomer is up to her eyeballs in fur and suds and could use a hand keeping all our guests smelling sweet!  Who doesn’t feel better after a good shower and getting rubbed down in the tub goes a long way to helping our guests feel their best.  We provide the tub, water, shampoo, towels and rubber duck you provide the hands.



Do you knit, crochet, woodwork, paint or craft?  We are always looking for lovingly created goods to raffle or sell for our fundraising efforts!



Do you have an in with the media?  Do you know how to work a TV camera?  We are looking for a publicist to help us get the word out through any and every possible media outlet about our shelter and the amazing creatures we have who are looking for a home.



With so many paws coming and going through the shelter all day, things tend to get broken and need some ongoing touch up.  We have plenty of “honey-do” tasks that could use a skilled set of hands; electrical repairs, drywall, painting, weeding, mowing, etc.  If you have managed to get through the whole list at your house, want to help us tackle ours?



If you have a talent for getting people to part with their money, this is the perfect position for you!  We are seeking talented, outgoing people who know how to network, phone work, and letter work.  We are fortunate to have an amazing facility, but it requires a great amount of monetary resources to keep it going.  Our corporate fundraiser will reach out to local business seeking monetary donations or donations of supplies, or even discounts for goods and services we use lots of.  Even a small discount on dog food for 100 dogs goes a long way! 



Donations both large and small make up the lifeblood of the shelter.  Small donations are just as important to us as the large ones because both size donations show that people care!  The personal fundraiser position involves reaching out to people one by one and small groups and organizations to build our network of sponsors, friends, and groups who are interested in helping the shelter through equipment and supply drives, garage sales, etc.



This volunteer opportunity may just be the most effortless one we have that can fit into even the busiest schedule!  All you need to do is agree to join our flier distribution list which entails agreeing to print and hang one of our fliers in your breakroom at work.  Getting our name and web address in front of people is essential for our ongoing success.  Not everyone in your office may be looking for a dog at any given time, but chances are if they see our flier and know of someone who is, they will remember and recommend us.



There are as many ways to help out there as there are people.  If you have a special, odd, unique, or in demand talent that we have not listed here, by all means drop us a note and let us know what it is!  You just may be the key to our next $1,000,000 idea J



Rescue Poem:  The Reason:

I would've died that day if not for you.

I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted;
Skin that isn't flea bitten, good food and enough of it.
A warm bed to sleep on, a couch to stretch out on,
A deep, soft pad just for me by your chair,
Your loving, quiet voice to gentle the nightmares away.
Someone to love ME!
To show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...

You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
"Why do I do it?"
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how

Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The dogs before me were the reason
As are the ones who will come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given;
We would die if not for you.


If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us (954) 680-6456.   

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Revised: 12/22/15