How Do I Get Started Volunteering?

Fostering
Fostering is one of the most important and rewarding volunteering opportunities in our organization. Volunteer fosters take a cat or dog into their home and teach them how to live as part of a loving family. UAF pays for all veterinary expenses and can provide food and transportation. Our foster parents provide a critical service by getting to know each animal as an individual, so they can help make the perfect matches between pets and people.

 

Adoption Event Handlers
UAF holds weekend adoption events at various locations throughout the year. Volunteer handlers keep the animals safe and calm during these events and answer questions from potential adopters.

 

Transporting
Volunteers are needed at times to transport an animal to and from veterinary appointments, grooming appointments or adoption events. Transporters may also pick up and deliver pet food, equipment or donated items.   UAF will reimburse for mileage.

 

Community Cat Program
Volunteers in UAF’s Trap/Neuter/Return/Manage Program humanely trap feral and abandoned cats, transport them to a veterinary clinic where they are spayed or neutered, and return them to their colony. Volunteers also provide food, water and shelter to community cats on an ongoing basis.

 

Fundraising Activities
UAF holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, including Woof Down Lunch, Barks n Beers, Rummage to the Rescues Rummage Sale, along with several bake sales, dog washes and pet photo sessions. Volunteers make them successful by helping to line up sponsors and vendors, seeking rummage sale and raffle donations, providing baked goods, organizing and planning, distributing flyers and posters, and helping to set up for and clean up after events.

Telephone Volunteers
United Animal Friends has no facility, so calls go to a voice mail service, where they are retrieved by telephone volunteers. Each volunteer chooses one or two days a week to dial into the service, listen to the messages, and either return the call or forward the information to the appropriate party.

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Successes

  • "I can't ever tell you how much this little guy means to me. It's a joy everyday I get to spend with him." - Heath S.

  • "I would just like to thank you for helping me out with dog food, you guys are life savers! I definitely have enough food to make it until payday now, I really appreciate your help!" - Faith K.

  • "Thank you, United Animal Friends, for all you did to help our sweet new puppy, Daisy Mae!  She is a darling dog who sure had a rocky start to her life.  Thank you for the emails and phone calls while she wasn't feeling well.  We appreciate how United Animal Friends truly cares for the well-being of the dogs they rescue.  Again, thank you to all the volunteers who care so much for these wonderful dogs.  We are so happy and appreciative having Daisy healthy and home."

  • "They do things the right way......"

  • "Thank you to all of you, and I would recommend United Animal Friends to anyone looking to adopt."

  • "A good place to adopt the newest member of your family. They are kind and have a good heart."

  • "United Animal Friends is a great place to adopt. Every animal is given so much love and attention. They are friendly and incredibly helpful."

  • We adopted Didi in September 2015.  I got her for my mom, but now she runs to greet me when I come home.  I am disabled and sort of lonely but she makes me feel so loved, I call her Jodie for the joy she radiates.

Testaments

  • "I have worked for several years with United Animal Friends, they are an active member in our No More Homeless Pets Partnership. They work hard to find homes for their animals, taking advantage of every opportunity to introduce their animals to potential adopting families at the same time screening carefully to make sure each animal and family will work well together." - Diane Young, Best Friends Animal Society

  • "It is a GREAT organization!" - Mickey E.

  • "I feel good volunteering for such a great organization." - Christine W.

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