Volunteering

Volunteer Application

Pet Foster Application

Why Volunteer for OOTW?

It helps build organizational strength. That strength comes not only from growing and retaining volunteers and enhancing programs, but also in the sense of ownership that volunteers gain when they become visible advocates for the OOTW organization.
You, the volunteers, have credibility that paid staff never have. You can promote OOTW because you believe in it. Volunteering is a personal choice, not your job.
Using volunteers extends the resources of OOTW organization. Volunteers provide extra hands that enable OOTW to make a difference in the lives of wonderful pets that might not otherwise live.
Because we do not have a faculty most of our volunteer opportunities are specific in nature.

Please check out our volunteer needs below to see if you can help  (Descriptions maybe updated as needed).

Check back often as our list may have changed.

  • Fostering a Rescue Animal: Fosters provide a clean, safe, loving environment for rescue animal(s) in their homes until adoptive home is found. All supplies will be provided by OOTW Rescue. Your personal pets must be up to date on vaccines.
  • Temporary Pet Sitting Rescue Animals: Short term fostering when fosters/independent rescuers are out of town.
  • Case Managing: Responsible for managing and supervising rescue cases and ensuring that fosters/independent rescuers understand and follow the OOTW guidelines. CM's are responsible for scheduling vetting appointments, listing the animal online, and following all adoption procedures.
  • Photographing Rescue Animals for Webpage: Must use your personal camera and be able to upload images to a computer.
  • Animal Socialization: Responsibly taking a rescue animal to play, exercise, and/or socialize with humans and/or animals.
  • Taking & Handling Rescue Pets at Animal Showings: Picking up a current rescue animal in the OOTW organization and taking it to a animal showing for exposure.
  • Taking Rescue Pets to Vet Appointments: Picking up a current animal in the OOTW organization and taking to a vetting appointment. We will work with your schedule. Typical drop offs are 7:30-8:30 a.m. and pickups are 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Marketing: Join a marketing committee to brainstorm and execute ideas to connect with the community and get our name out in a positive light!
  • Fundraising: Join a fundraising committee to brainstorm and carryout ideas to financially benefit OOTW.
  • Event Planning: Woof, Wag, and Wine Committee
  • Setting Up Animal Showings with Local Businesses: Responsibilities include booking the venue, advertising, setting up the event, and to direct, coordinate and supervise the showing.
  • Adoption Follow-Ups: Courtesy calling to follow up once an animal has gone on trial with a new family, as well as, follow up with adoptive families to see how their OOTW family member is doing.
  • Grant Writer: This committee is responsible for completing grant applications for funding.
  • Data Entry/Administrative Tasks: This committee is responsible for clerical entry and must be computer savy.
  • Financial Partner: OOTW relies on its supporters to ensure that our life-saving work will continue. Your tax-deductible donation will help OOTW continue to rescue, nurture and adopt rescue animals into loving homes.
  • Event Sponsor: Financially partnering with OOTW Rescue for a public event. This includes positive publicity of your organization on our website, social media, and possibly t-shirts.
  • Animal Grooming (Experienced)
  • Vaccine Administration (Experienced)
  • Carpentry: OOTW loves volunteers for fence building, etc. (Experienced)
  • Training Animals: Ranging from basic commands to Animal Behaviorist (Experienced)


Have special skills or qualifications that we didn’t know we needed? Skills and qualifications can be acquired through employment, previous volunteer work, or other activities such as hobbies or sports, so fill put a an application anyway, and let us know what you can do for us.

Code of Ethics

Thank you for your interest in Fostering!

If you want to help save the lives of pets, becoming a foster home is just one way to help.

Offering a dog or cat a temporary home until their forever home is found can be a very rewarding experience. Nothing compares to watching a pet grow in mind, body and spirit, and the wonderful personal fulfillment of knowing you played an instrumental role in helping a pet transition from a life of uncertainty or abuse to a forever home can last forever.

We at OOTW can only accept as many pets as we have a foster homes available and sometimes we have to leave the pet to an uncertain fate. Won't you Please consider becoming a foster home for OOTW, fostering will give you great satisfaction of knowing you have helped save a life and we can't do it without you.

Save a Life Today!

Sometimes just a few extra days can mean the difference between life and death for a dog or a cat on "death row" at animal shelters or on the streets. Our ability to help these animals is limited to the availability of foster homes. If you love animals, please consider opening your heart and home to one that might otherwise die.

The OOTW Foster Care Program is an ever-so-important aspect of our organization but we simply cannot do it without the selfless sacrifice of foster homes/families. We do the very best we can in rescuing as many pets as possible but because we do not have an animal shelter or facility, it is essential that we have approved, loving homes that will care for the many animals in need that we assist each year.

Would you like to help an animal in need by becoming a foster care provider? It's simple. Just fill out the online application, and then click "submit". Once received, we will contact you to discuss your application and our foster care program. Please note that a home visit will be required.
Thank you for your dedication to see every homeless pet find the forever home they deserve.

FAQs


What is a foster parent?

A volunteer foster parent assists in the rehabilitation of a pet by providing in-home care on a temporary basis until a permanent adoptive home is found. Foster parents provide a clean, safe, loving environment for the pets in their homes.

How long is the foster care commitment?

The length of foster care for each animal varies depending on its needs. Fostering may last from two weeks to several months.  

What are the expenses for a foster parent?

OOTW  provides and covers the cost of all veterinarian care needed for your foster pet, as long as the pet is taken to an OOTW approved veterinarian clinic. If you choose to use your own veterinarian, we cannot be responsible for the expenses. OOTW furnishes some of the supplies as needed to care for foster pets. This may include food, litter, bedding, toys and other items as needed. Foster parents are to be responsible for the safe transportation of Pet(s) as needed. OOTW is not responsible for any damage or injury caused by a foster pet while it is in the care of a Foster Care Volunteer.

What are the requirements for foster parents?

Prospective adult foster parents must complete an application, agree to the "Code of Conduct" and a personal interview with an OOTW Representative. Home inspections are conducted next.

Things to consider

When outside, puppies and dogs must be supervised in an enclosed yard or on leash. Kittens and cats much be kept indoors at all times.

Fostering is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.  

With your help, we will be able to save more lives and ensure that those rescued will have the chance to find the home of their dreams!

 

Foster Care Application & Terms

Code of Ethics and Conduct Policy