Volunteer and Foster
What Does Volunteering for OC Pom Rescue Mean?
Volunteer for a Pomeranian rescue in Southern California!
OC Pom Rescue is always looking for compassionate individuals who are willing to lend their time and talents to our rescue mission, in whatever capacity they can. Every volunteer makes a huge difference in both saving lives and educating the public on animal welfare.
Our volunteers are of all ages and experience levels - we just look for a shared sense of compassion, communication, and dedication to dog rescue. Rescue work is hard, but rewarding and life-changing. We work to make the adoption process accessible and enjoyable so that we can continue to encourage people to adopt and not shop. This is only possible with the help of our dedicated and passionate volunteers!
Volunteer opportunities in Southern California include fostering, transporting, training, photographing, web designing, grant writing, blog writing, content creating, and more!
Fostering means that you temporarily open your home to a rescue dog in need until they find their own forever home; this could mean a number of weeks or months. During the fostering period, you learn all about a dog's personality, needs, habits, quirks, etc. Fosters also help with potty, crate, and leash training when necessary, as well as socialization.
We do not always know the history of the dogs we get into our rescue, so we ask our fosters to be open-minded and patient. We take dog-owning experience and individual household dynamics into consideration when pairing foster homes with dogs, and provide a fostering manual to our first-time fosters. We provide basic supplies when we have adequate donations, but always appreciate when fosters supply their own since we are a nonprofit and spend most of our donations on vet bills.
Our fosters must be able to drive to Yorba Linda for our dogs' vet and grooming appointments. They also participate in phone screenings and meet and greets for prospective applicants. Fosters play one of the most important roles in OC Pom Rescue - the more fosters we have, the more dogs we can save! Fostering is challenging but fulfilling work, and we love our amazing foster network.
Not everyone can foster and we understand that! There are countless ways to help our rescue, both remotely and on the road. Non-foster volunteer opportunities range from shelter transportation to social media outreach to event work and everything in between! The options are limitless, and we welcome any suggestions and ideas on how to expand our mission to save more Pomeranians in need.
If you are applying to be a volunteer who helps with videography, photography, writing, graphic design or other technical skills, we may ask for previous work. This is to see where you can best help and know which volunteers you will be working closely with. If you do not have extensive experience, that is okay! This is a great place to build your portfolio and resume.
If you are applying to be a transporter, we will ask for your schedule to coordinate the best times and areas for you to help transport dogs. We are partnered with shelters all across California and take in many owner surrenders from different counties, so we need transporters everywhere!
Our Application Process
Submit a volunteer application using the above buttons.
If you are fostering, you will also need to submit a video home check to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on home checks, please view the Home Check section under the Adoption tab.
Once your application has been approved and you have been contacted by an OC Pom Rescue volunteer, we will add you to our private Facebook volunteer group. This is where we mainly contact each other and give updates on our rescue.
If you have any questions about the fostering or volunteering process, please contact us! We love adding new volunteers to our team and are so grateful for the support of our network.