Our volunteers are not just important to the organization — they are the organization!
If you are 21 years old or older and live in Washington DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia, we would love to have you as a volunteer.
No matter what your skills are, we have something you could help with. You don’t need experience with animal rescue either — all we need is dedication and commitment, and we’ll help you learn.
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application form and we will be in touch with you right away.
If you’d like to learn more about our major activities, here’s a list. If you don’t find your niche but would still like to help, please let us know what you can do!
Foster a Greyhound
Provide a safe home for a dog during the transition from track life to life as a pet! Our foster parents provide daily care for a dog, such as feeding, exercise, and vet care (reimbursed.) Foster parents bring their dogs to adoption open houses twice a month so prospective adopters can meet them. We provide support and supplies, and reimburse 100% of vet care.
Foster dogs live with us until placement, which is typically a month. Fostering is crucial to our success. If you would like to prepare a greyhound for his/her forever home, please apply.
We do not allow fostering in homes with children under 12 years old.
Our application process includes telephone screening, a home visit, a vet check, and reference checks. Volunteers can help with all aspects of application screening.
Our adoption fee does not cover our costs, so we must fundraise! Fundraising allows us to provide the best of care for our foster dogs. It also pays for advertising, medication, crates, collars and leads. Help us plan and implement fundraising events and donation drives.
Greyhound Welfare is a fantastic organization, and we need volunteers to help us get the word out through public relations and advertising campaigns. We’d also like to keep in touch with our volunteers and adopters through a newsletter.
From picking up dogs from hauls, to ordering supplies, there are plenty of operational functions vital to keeping things running smoothly. Volunteers are needed to order supplies, do inventory, check voicemail, write routine correspondence, pickup donated items, coordinate veterinary care, assist in transporting dogs, and much, much more!
Adoption does not end our involvement with dogs we place. We stay in touch with adopters to ensure happy endings for our dogs. Volunteers do routine check-ins and provide support and guidance to adopters by email and phone.