As a volunteer-powered non-profit organization, Yappy Tails Animal Rescue would not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. The number of dogs we can save depends on the number of people we have helping us. We are always looking for people looking to volunteer at a dog rescue!

How Can I Volunteer at a Dog Rescue?

There are many ways you can volunteer with Yappy Tails:

A rescue dog being pet at a Yappy Tails adoption event
A rescue dog being pet during a Yappy Tails adoption event

Adoption & Foster Screener

Assist in pre-approving adopters and fosters by reviewing applications, contacting landlord/vet offices, conducting phone screens and setting up home visits. Not required to attend adoption event.


Volunteer animal transporters bring animals to/from vet appointments, home visits, adoption events on the weekends, special events that we have coming up, transports to their new foster home, etc.


Animal Adoption Photographers maintain the online list of animals available for adoption by uploading digital photos taken of the animals at Yappy Tails. Volunteers must have good computer skills and a working knowledge of digital photography.

Duties include: taking photos of the animals for adoption, cropping and adjusting pictures for optimal viewing, uploading photos to the website according to Yappy Tails policies and procedures; uploading information from home.


We are looking for groomers who would volunteer their services with grooming some of our foster dogs when they first come in from the shelter setting. Some of these dogs need some professional expertise and we would love to have help from some professional groomers around the area, so we can show everyone what beauties these dogs really are!

Fundraising and Events

Raffle prizes arranged on a table at the Yappy Tails Putts Fore Mutts 2021 event.
Putts Fore Mutts 2021 Raffle Prize Table

As a non-profit organization, we run solely on donations and fundraising efforts. Depending on the type of event, volunteers can be asked to perform a variety of task. Being a fundraising and events volunteer is a great way to get involved without committing to a set weekly schedule.

Community Outreach Volunteer

Outreach volunteers represent Yappy Tails at community events. Events include adoption outreach events, booths at fairs, and our annual events.

Weekend Adoption Volunteer

Volunteer at Adoption Events – weekend events that involve dog walking, feeding, application processing, usually in busy pet stores, farmers markets, etc.

Independent Fundraising

We are always looking for new and innovative ways to raise money to help our dogs. We value your opinions and fundraising methods no matter how small.