Volunteer

Thank you for offering your time to help BARK Rescue CA fulfill our mission in saving abandoned pets and finding them forever homes. When you volunteer with us, we do our best to ensure that your volunteering experience will be mutually beneficial. The following videos will help you get to know BARK Rescue CA as an organization and the cause that we support.

The Problem BARK Rescue CA is Helping to Resolve

Our 2022 Impact

BARK Rescue CA was founded on August 17, 2021. We started to actively rescue abandoned dogs since March 2022. Between March 2022 and December 31, 2022 we saved almost 30 dogs, mostly from euthanasia at stressful overcrowded shelters. Learn more about the impact that we made on these dogs in the video below. 

The Inspiration for BARK Rescue CA

Watch the video below to learn more about the inspiration for the creation of BARK Rescue CA.

Why You Should Volunteer With Us

Increase your physical and emotional well-being

Research has shown that doing good increases the happy hormones in your body. You’ll gain a sense of self-fulfillment as you’ll be helping us save abandoned (and sometimes abused) animals and find them families who can provide them the love and care that they very much deserve.

Research also shows that when your level of happiness or good mood increases, your physical health also increases. 

Build a Community

Our volunteer group contains a diverse group of individuals. Our volunteers range from high school students to working professionals, working in various different fields. Our volunteers are also located across the United States, from the West Coast to the East Coast. Our diverse volunteers are all connected by our passion and love for helping animals. 

By volunteering with us, you will get to network with such a diverse group of like-minded people. 

Develop New Knowledge/Skills or Further Develop Your Current Skills 

When you participate in our skills-based volunteering opportunities, which we will elaborate below, you will get the opportunity to either further develop your current skills or learn new skills or knowledge. 

Some of the common skills you can develop by volunteering with us could include leadership skills, cross-functional collaboration skills, organizational skills, and problem-solving skills. Depending on your skills-based volunteer role, you can also develop technical skills such as web design, social media content creation, copywriting, analytical skills, accounting/finance, project/program/process management, event coordination/planning, etc. 

At BARK Rescue CA, we offer both traditional and skills-based volunteering opportunities. 

Traditional Volunteering Opportunities at BARK Rescue CA:

  • Transporting animals to and from the shelter (to our foster homes), vet appointments, adoption events, etc.
  • Transporting donations from donor’s location to BARK Founder’s home
  • Manning our adoption events (i.e. engage passerby, hand out flyers, answer questions, promote our adoptable dogs, promote our foster program, etc)
  • Take our dogs out for a walk during our adoption events or if we have a dog that is currently living in a boarding facility. 
  • When needed, visit some of our dogs and their fosters and do a photo session of the dog so that we have some new photos/videos of the dogs

Skills-Based Volunteering Opportunities at BARK Rescue CA:

Skills-Based Volunteering Opportunities are volunteering opportunities that require specific skills. Below are some examples of the skills-based volunteering opportunities that are offered at BARK Rescue CA:

  • Social media content creation/management
  • Event planning and coordination
  • Website Design/Updating/Copywriting
  • Volunteer Management/Recruiting
  • Foster/Adoption Coordination
  • Accounting/Finance

Our Values

Everything we do at BARK Rescue CA affects the animals that we save. Although our #1 priority is the animals, we also value the relationships among our volunteers. Therefore, to instill as much harmony as possible among our volunteers and to ensure all of our volunteers give their best to the work they do at BARK, we expect everyone at BARK Rescue CA to embrace a certain set of values. 

Passion & Reliability

Passion without reliability is just dreams but no action. Reliability without passion has no direction. At BARK Rescue CA, we need volunteers who not only have passion in helping animals but are also reliable and get the work done in a timely manner. 

Communication & Collaboration

Collaboration helps us work better together and in turn helps us save more pets. Communication is essential in order to have collaboration.Communication to us means we keep updated those who need to be in the loop. We understand that sometimes your life outside of BARK Rescue get busy. Communication also allows a team member to help you by picking up where you left off. 

Inclusion

We do our best to ensure that no one feels left out. We listen to each other’s opinions/inputs. We also do not discriminate against any specific breed of dogs as we believe every breed of dog deserves a loving home. 

Our Teams

Our volunteers are assigned to one or more of the following teams based on their skills and interests:

Foster & Adoption Team

Our Foster and Adoption programs make up our core activities at BARK Rescue CA. After rescuing a dog from the stressful shelter environment, we place them in foster homes that we have vetted while we learn more about them, through the foster parents, in order to find them a loving forever home that will be a good fit for the dog’s personality and temperament. 

Our Adoption Team is responsible for advertising our adoptable dogs, vetting people who apply to adopt any of our dogs, and coordinating the adoption process. 

Our Foster & Adoption Team also maintains a relationship with our veterinarian partners and includes transport volunteers. 

Volunteer activities within this team (one volunteer can do only one or multiple of these activities):

  • Virtually interview foster and adoption applicants & perform virtual home checks.
  • Coordinate transportation of the animal from the shelter to the foster home, from foster home to adopter’s home.
  • Transport Animals
  • Send Foster and Adoption Agreements to newly-approved fosters and adopters, respectively
  • Update our internal foster and adoption records
  • Check in with fosters on a weekly basis, ensuring fosters send updated photos/videos of the foster dog.
  • Send Foster Welcome Package to newly-approved fosters
  • Maintain BARK dogs’ medical records
  • Schedule vet appointments
  • Coordinate meet & greets with potential adopters
  • Send Adoption Welcome Package to approved adopters

Fundraising Team

BARK Rescue CA is funded 100% by donations. Like any non-profit organization, funding is one of the areas that are most challenging to us. Our fundraising team plans, coordinates and evaluates our fundraising events/efforts. 

Volunteer activities within this team (one volunteer can do only one or multiple of these activities):

  • Research Fundraising opportunities
  • Plan, organize & coordinate fundraising activities
  • Collaborate with the Media, Communication & Brand team to promote fundraising activities
  • Research grants
  • Write grants
  • Engages donors
  • Solicits companies for donations

Media, Communication & Branding Team

This team is responsible for our social media posts and our branding. Social media plays an essential role in our organization as it provides visibility to our dogs and is our #1 fundraising channel thus far. This team also works with our Website team to send out communication about organization-wide updates (i.e. e-newsletters) to volunteers, fosters, donors, and other supporters. 

Volunteer activities within this team (one volunteer can do only one or multiple of these activities): 

  • Create social media content calendar & delegate posts to social media content creators
  • Create content for our various social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, YouTube)
  • Review created content & schedule posts
  • Engage social media followers & Instagram networkers 
  • Analyzes social media analytics & build recommendations for social media strategy based on that analysis. 
  • Designs flyers & brochures

Volunteer Recruiting & Engagement Team

This team recruits and onboards new volunteers, as well as figures out how to engage existing volunteers.

Volunteer activities within this team (one volunteer can do only one or multiple of these activities):

  • Ensure volunteer applicants have reviewed our this page and the videos on this page and have filled out our Volunteer Application. 
  • Interview volunteer applicants to learn more about them to see which team(s) would be a good fit for them. We believe that volunteers are more likely to be motivated and engaged if they take part mostly in projects or tasks that they are interested in or are good at. For this reason, it is important for us to get to know our volunteers. 
  • Ensure volunteer applicants sign and submit Volunteer Agreements. If they’re underage, their parents must sign the Agreement. 
  • Helps volunteer applicant set up and use Slack
  • Plan social events for volunteers
  • Plan all-hands virtual events
  • Create and send out volunteer surveys
  • Update Volunteer listing

Website Team

The website team is responsible for everything to do with our website. 

  • Update the pages on our website
  • Analyze website traffic
  • Analyze our website SEO

If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please fill out our Volunteer Application Form (linked in the button below). Our Volunteer Recruiting Team will reach out to you to schedule an interview. If you’re interested in transporting for us, fill out our Transport Application Form

Action Items for New Volunteers

  1. Review the above information- if you have any question, we can address it during our interview with you. If you have any question that cannot wait until the interview, please email volunteering@barkrescueca.org
  2. If you have not already, fill out our Volunteer Application and provide your availability for an interview for the next 1 week. Someone from our Volunteer Recruiting Team will send you a calendar invite for a date & time that matches their availability. Otherwise, they will reach out to you to request more availability. 
  3. After your interview, our Volunteer Recruiting Team will discuss your conversation and application with our Board to decide which team(s) to place you. 
  4. You must sign and submit our Volunteer Agreement before we can assign any task to you. 
  5. Once you have submitted the signed Volunteer Agreement, our Volunteer Recruiting Coordinator will send you an invitation to join our Slack workplace. This is where you will be introduced to your BARK team(s). 
  6. If after you have signed and submitted our Volunteer Agreement you still have not heard from the Team Lead of the Team that has been assigned to you, please reach out to volunteering@barkrescueca.org to follow up.