At Rescue Helpers Unite, we want to make your experience of getting started volunteering with animals as simple and enjoyable as possible.
How the process works…
When registering on our website, you can provide an answer to the questions:
- Can you foster?
- Can you transport?
- Can you homecheck?
And we ask that you answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to these questions and, if required, add a little more info (for example ‘can only transport weekends’, or ‘can only foster dogs, no cats or small animals’). You are also asked in which county (or counties) you can help.
Once filled in this information will be displayed on your profile, and we will use this to know when to contact you in regards to a request an animal rescue has posted.
Rescues can request help with anything via our website, but our main categories of request posts are:
- Homechecks needed
- Transport needed
- Fostering needed
Rescues post their requests on the forum, and RHU Helpers and Moderators will then send a PM (private message) to all the members from that area, to see if anyone can help.
Rescues post fundraising appeals in our Fundraising and Appeals section, so all members are welcome to donate and take part in fundraising events, and please spread the word to your family and friends too. We also get requests for volunteer dog walking, hands-on help at promotional and fundraising events and sometimes most importantly – SPREADING THE WORD!
If people don’t know about rescues (and honestly most people don’t pay much attention) then animals will not be adopted in a timely manner, and this is when the ‘backlog’ occurs and time runs out for animals in urgent need of rescue care. Often animals will be euthanised if no help can be found, so it really is imperative that we get the word out to as many people as possible, and keep the rescue wheels turning, help animals find new homes, and help rescues to help more animals (which is our motto!).
We hope this post gives a bit more of an insight in to what’s involved with using the Rescue Helpers Unite forum to become an animal rescue volunteer. If you’ve got any queries about volunteering or using RHU, please feel free to leave us a comment below. Thanks!