Volunteer with Ruff Start Rescue

Volunteer with RSR!

Ruff Start Rescue is a volunteer and foster-based rescue dedicated to the rescue of lost, abandoned or unwanted pets. Our goal is to find loving, permanent homes for these animals, contribute to public education regarding animal care, and to promote responsible pet ownership. Because we run on mostly volunteers, we are always looking for more help! Please note we do not have a facility and most positions are done remotely.

If interested in volunteering for one of these positions, please complete a volunteer application. On the application, make sure to write which position you're interested in. Thank you for considering volunteering with Ruff Start Rescue!  Please email  volunteer@ruffstartrescue.org  with any questions.

Current Openings

Community Event Lead + View details

Home Visit Coordinator + View details

PC Assistant/Matchmaker + View details

Home Visit Volunteers + View details

Feline Owner Surrender Intake Coordinator + View details

Fundraising/Event Committee Members + View details

Adoption Day Event Leads + View details

Newsletter Creator/Editor + View details

Volunteer Coordinator + View details

Foster Coordinator + View details

Mobile Clinic Surgery Scheduler + View details

Intake Coordinator + View details

Social Networking Representative + View details

Microchip Coordinator + View details

Volunteer Animal Transporters + View details

Dog Trainers and Behaviorists + View details

Groomers + View details

Boarding Facilities in central MN + View details

Educational Committee Members + View details

Minor Volunteers (Under 18 years of age)

Please read the policy below and make sure to ask the volunteer coordinators for the consent form before volunteering at an event.

Ruff Start Rescue strives to ensure the safety of every volunteer. If you are under the age of 18, there are a few simple guidelines that must be adhered to in regards to our policies.

  • No minor under the age of 16 can volunteer without a parent present at all times NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • No minor under the age of 10 is permitted to volunteer at this time. (the only exception would be if there are projects the kids can work on outside of the rescue, ex: crafts, donation drives, lemonade stands, etc).
  • If you are under the age of 16, you are prohibited from handling dogs at the rescue (Since we do not have a facility, this pertains mostly to adoption events or public events).
  • All minor volunteers must have a signed waiver on file. This must be signed by the parent/guardian AT THE RESCUE EVENT, and brought with you the day of volunteering. Click here to get access the waiver.
  • 16 & 17 year old volunteers with a signed waiver are permitted to handle dogs in accordance with the rescue policies, which must be followed at all times—NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Depending on your age (16+) and the volunteer activities you are interested in, you may have to attend an orientation prior to volunteering and adhere to our guidelines at all times. Guidelines will be reviewed in detail during your application processing.

Anyone of any age can be prohibited from volunteering if they do not exhibit safe practices and maturity while on premises.