Few things are as rewarding as volunteering to help homeless animals. Whether you open up your home to a foster animal, walk a shelter dog, or participate at adoption or fundraising events, you will find that volunteering with Last Hope Animal Rescue fun and very rewarding.
All of our members volunteer. No one, including the board of directors, receive any compensation for the work they do. This work is done in addition to their “normal, 9-5″ jobs.
The reward comes in knowing that they made a difference in the life of an animal – that because they got involved and opened their home, one less animal will be euthanized in Eastern Iowa.
This is very rewarding when an abused or neglected animal is rescued or when a foster animal gets adopted into a new, loving, and devoted home. Often, the people who adopt the animals keep in touch with the foster home for several months and/or years after they adopt the animal.
Our volunteers dedicate anywhere from 2-20 hours a week depending upon their circumstances and preferences. We NEVER have enough volunteers and are always looking to recruit more.
For additional volunteer information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Events@lasthoperescueia.org
There are several ways in which you can volunteer. A few of the most needed positions are listed below. If you have talent or expertise in a specific area or field that is not listed below, please contact us and we can discuss how you might be able to help.
There are no more important volunteers to our organization than those who open their homes and hearts to the animals we rescue. Most of these animals have been abused and/or neglected and need a safe haven to help them heal physically and emotionally.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help save a life and work directly with animals without making a life-long commitment. Unfortunately, we may have to turn away an animal because we don’t have a foster home available. Many times, if we don’t take an animal, it will be euthanized just because the shelter does not have room for it.
We have need for foster homes for both cats and dogs.
At times we need help transporting animals between their foster home and an approved veterinary clinic or adoption event. Most fosters work full-time and often find it challenging to schedule veterinary visits during the day. Transporters work with the foster home to get the animals to and/or from scheduled appointments. Use of your own vehicle is required.
Adoption / Fundraising Event Staff
Often we need additional help at our adoption and fundraising events. These duties could include selling items at our booth, talking to the public about our organization, handing out literature, assisting with adoptable pets, and set-up/clean-up before and after the event.
CONTACT Events@lasthoperescueia.org FOR DETAILS!
This position assists foster homes that have multiple animals as it can be difficult to supervise more than one animal at a time. If a volunteer has an animal handler assisting them, they can often bring more animals than they would have otherwise.
Last Hope Street Team
One of the ways we advertise our animals and events is by posting our fliers, event posters, and brochures at participating businesses.
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough volunteers to deliver these items to the retailers. The volunteer provides transportation.
We are always looking for new and unique items that we can sell at our events to raise money. Some popular items are homemade dog treats and handmade pet accessories. We are open to any other items that you might be willing to donate.
Other Ways to Help!
- Last Hope Newsletter
- Emails to vet clinics that would allow us to email them with the adoption flyer so it could be printed and posted
- Adoption vests for adoptable pets to wear at events (must be lightweight)
- Pictures of our adoptable pets for Petfinder and the website