As an all-volunteer organization, it takes a real team effort for New Rattitude to run smoothly and effectively. We have many opportunities available to those who are able to volunteer a little–or a lot–of their time and energies. We would love to have you join us!
OPTION 1: If you have just a little time and don’t want an on-going commitment… Join our Volunteer Database!
The easiest way to help out occasionally is to lend a hand for transports or home visits that are needed in your area. We use volunteer drivers to transport dogs from shelter to foster home, between foster homes, and from foster home to adoptive home, with each driver responsible for a “leg” of approximately one hour’s drive. Home visits are safety inspections for each new adoptive home or foster home applicant, and the home visit volunteer inspects the property using our provided checklist and instructions, to look for potential problems. If you might be available to help with either of these needs, please sign up to be added to our Volunteer Database by clicking here. We will contact you when we need help in your area.
You can also help us by spreading the word about New Rattitude’s need for Foster Homes. One easy way to do this is to print out copies of our “Lend A Paw” tear-off flyer (click here), cut along the dotted lines, and post on bulletin boards in your vet’s office, groomer’s, local pet supply store, etc.
OPTION 2: If you are able to get more involved on an on-going basis… Become a Member!
Active members of New Rattitude assist with various aspects of our rescue operation, including the needs below. If you are looking for this level of involvement, we would love for you to submit a Membership Application. (Former members of New Rattitude may reactivate their membership by submitting the reactivation form HERE.) As a network organization without a physical shelter, New Rattitude relies on a private Facebook group to communicate with our membership, so each member needs to have a Facebook profile.
• Shelter Surfers follow up on dogs at kill shelters, collect the info needed to determine if we can help, and network with other members to communicate the need.
• Transportation Coordinators do the planning and coordinating to get dogs safely moved from a shelters to foster homes or from foster homes to adoptive homes.
• State Coordinators act as liaisons between the foster parents and other volunteers in each state to ensure all members are working together effectively and efficiently.
FOSTER PARENTS and DOGSITTERS: Our greatest need is always for Foster Parents, who offer rescued dogs a safe and nurturing home environment while we work to find a great adopter. Foster parents are responsible for the dog’s physical care plus some administration. Do you like the idea of fostering but worry that it would be too hard to give the dog up? We also need temporary Dogsitters, where a rescued dog could stay for just a few days, such as overnight along a transport route, or for up to 2 days while waiting to move to a permanent foster home, or for a week or so if a foster parent must go out of town. Dogsitters must live in close proximity to at least one active foster home. If you can open your heart to give a needy dog a chance for a future, please apply to become a foster parent or dogsitter. For more information about fostering and dogsitting, please visit our Foster Home Overview page. .
WEB DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT: New Rattitude relies heavily on the Internet for many of our administrative functions (applications, reports, records, publicity, communications, etc.) as well as general visibility to the public.
• Experienced IT Folks are needed to maintain our website and work on functionality enhancements.
• The Web Editor and Photo Editor manage the content of our web pages, particularly the dog profiles.
• Pet Publicists handle the upload and administrative maintenance of the dog profiles.
ADOPTION TEAM: A lot of work goes into processing adoption applications.
• Applications Coordinators are responsible for doing the reference checks and interviewing prospective adopters, helping determine when a household and a dog are a good match for each other, and helping applicants navigate the process.
• Home Visit Coordinators recruit, coordinate, and provide instruction for Home Visit volunteers, ensuring that any potential safety hazards are resolved before a dog is approved for adoption.
• The Adoption Support team members work with adopters who are having difficulties caring for their adopted dog, offering support to help preserve the adoption or coordinating returns when that is not possible.
• The Behavior Modification team works with foster parents and adopters of dogs with behavioral challenges, coming up with training plans tailored to the dog’s particular situation and helping the foster parents and adopters successfully implement the plans.
FUND-RAISING: Because our adoption fees can’t cover the entire cost of veterinary care for our rescued dogs, we rely on additional raised by detail-oriented
• Grant Writers, creative and enthusiastic
• Fund-Raising Coordinators, and talented
• Artisans, who create and donate goods for us to sell, auction, or raffle.
• Event Staff may feature our Rat Terriers and our organization when we have an opportunity to participate in local animal events.
• Social Media team helps give us an ever-bigger presence on Facebook and Instagram.
ADMINISTRATION: Our administration efforts include various roles such as
• Microchip/Tag Distribution
• Adoption Follow-Up Calls
• ReTail Shop Coordination
• Volunteer Coordination
• Microchip Registration, etc.
IF YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED and help us with needs such as these on an on-going basis, either as a primary or back-up volunteer, please submit a Membership Application to let us know of your availability and interests. There is a screening process for members to help us get to know you better and give you the opportunity to learn more about New Rattitude and our policies/procedures.
Not sure about making a membership commitment? We invite you to like us on Facebook, where you can shadow our rescue efforts to get a closer look at what we’re about.