As a volunteer-driven organization, volunteers play an essential role in RedRover's work to bring animals from crisis to care, and to prevent animal cruelty from happening. Volunteers live throughout the United States and Canada, and stay connected to RedRover through email newsletters and by working directly with RedRover staff and fellow volunteers.
GOT TEN MINUTES?
Here are some ways you can volunteer for RedRover in ten minutes or less:
- Improve your neighborhood's disaster readiness. Order or print our animal Disaster Preparedness checklists and distribute them to your neighbors.
- Initiate a reward to solve animal cruelty: RedRover Reporters volunteers stay on the lookout for situations of unsolved animal cruelty that may benefit from RedRover's reward for tips to law enforcement.
- Distribute our fliers in your community. Visit veterinary offices, animals shelters, pet stores and other places where pet owners go and tell them about the RedRover Relief grant program. Download our fliers: RedRover Relief, Pets and Domestic Violence.
- Take our My Dog is Cool Pledge to receive five free "It's Hot" fliers and add your voice to RedRover's efforts to prevent dogs from dying in hot cars.
- Spread the word: Help make RedRover a household name by sharing with others. Write a review of RedRover on GreatNonprofits.org, or simply ask your friends and family to join RedRover's social networks and sign up for email updates.
- Make a short video about your experiences with RedRover.
- Set up a wish using Facebook Causes to raise funds to enable RedRover Relief to pay for veterinary care of an animal in need. Instead of giving you a card and a cupcake, your friends will be able to directly save the life of an animal in honor of your birthday, anniversary or other special day. Download our guide to creating a Facebook Causes wish (PDF).
GOT AN HOUR OR TWO?
If you're looking to contribute a little more time, here are some ways to get involved:
- Increase access to humane literature: The RedRover Readers program identifies quality children's literature with humane themes, and you can help by making sure your local public library offers these wonderful books to the children of your community. Check out RedRover's sample letter to a librarian (MS Word.)
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about the dangers of leaving a dog in a car in warm weather, or ask your local public television station to run a free Public Service Announcement version of our video.
- Protect victims of domestic violence and their pets: Present our flier to local organizations that house victims of domestic violence so they know that RedRover is able to help victims leave abusive environments with their pets.
- Raise funds: Donors are the foundation of our work. Check out our list of ways to help us grow and help more animals -- some without spending a dime yourself!
- Help in our office: RedRover often needs extra hands in our office and Sacramento-area supporters can help. Tasks may include helping with mailings, filing, data entry and more. This essential support work helps our organization use our scarce resources wisely and run smoothly. RedRover has just one office in Sacramento, California. Contact us with your availability and interest.
Looking for a long-term volunteer role?
RedRover relies on its team of nearly 3,000 active volunteers to provide lifesaving care and sheltering for animal victims of natural disaster, cruelty and neglect. As a member of our team, volunteers are eligible to deploy to emergency animal shelters throughout the United States and Canada. No previous experience is necessary, and completion of RedRover's two-part training program is required. Sign up
If you are a teacher or humane educator, you are eligible to train with RedRover Readers. RedRover Readers trains educators to implement our innovative approach to help children explore positive relationships between people and pets, develop critical thinking skills and empathy.
Take the training
If you or your company can offer professional skills, you can make a large impact for RedRover by contributing your services pro bono. In particular, we are looking for professional assistance with video production, photography, media, marketing, smartphone app development and Google Apps and Ad Words implementation.
Other ways to volunteer
- Internships: If you are a college student or recent graduate, you may be interested in our internship program. This is a great way to learn firsthand about working at an animal protection organization, gain important skills and connections, and contribute meaningfully to our work.
- Sparked.com: RedRover occasionally posts microvolunteering opportunities on this online volunteering website.
- Youth opportunities: Check out our list of animal-saving service projects and ideas for scout leaders, parents and kids.