Become a Muttville volunteer
Muttville is a growing organization and can always use an extra set of hands. We need people to help in every aspect of the organization, from taking dogs to vet appointments, to soliciting donations for auction events, to walking dogs and helping out in the office.
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, you can make a tremendous contribution to Muttville’s wonderful work by volunteering just a few hours a week. Please check out the volunteer opportunities below and let us know how you would like to help by filling out our volunteer application.
All Muttville volunteers must be at least 18 years old, dog-allergy-free, and have no fear of dogs. We also require a commitment of at least 3 hours a week for a minimum of six months.
Please review the descriptions of each of the volunteer opportunities below before completing a volunteer application.
Our foster homes are the backbone of the organization. They provide a much-needed temporary home for a rescued dog until a permanent home is found. Learn more about becoming a Muttville foster parent here.
If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please a complete a foster application, so we can match a foster dog to you, your home and lifestyle.
Outreach / Adoption Events
Muttville holds many adoption events throughout the Bay area where we bring our available dogs to meet the public. We need volunteers who enjoy working with people and are enthusiastic about promoting animal adoption to help set up, talk to the public about our organization, care for the dogs during the event, and promote adoptions.
Members of this team will be on call to transport our dogs to and from adoption events, vet appointments, shelters, and foster homes. On occasion, team members may be asked to perform a home-safety check.
Over at Muttville HQ, volunteers are crucial in helping to keep our administrative systems maintained and functioning well. We need help with everything administrative, including data entry, mailings, correspondence, and many other day-to-day tasks.
Special Event Planning
Muttville holds a number of special fundraising events throughout the year that are a major source of our revenue. We need volunteers to help in every stage of planning and facilitating these special events.
Seniors for Seniors
Muttville's "Seniors for Seniors" program matches our senior dogs with senior citizens. This program has great growth potential and needs development now. We are looking to build a strong program team that will include volunteers to help create the program handbook, identify and connect with pet-friendly senior homes, and implement adoption counseling for seniors and other components of this unique program.
Marketing & Promotions - Online / Print / Merchandise / Media
If you have an interest and skill in social media networking, graphic design, production, web or app development, copywriting, photography, videography, or online marketing, Muttville could use your talents for the creation of print/web marketing collateral (flyers, posters, ads, merchandise, web banners/mini-sites, dog profile descriptions, photos, videos), and social media networking (writing/posting to our Twitter, Facebook, blog).
PR / Press
Muttville gets a good deal of press, but we need folks who have some experience reaching out to media. We're looking for folks who can write and distribute press releases, newsletters, etc.
Behavioral Training (Certified trainers only, please)
Muttville offers support to our new adopters and foster homes. We are looking for certified dog trainers and behavioral specialists to work directly with our new adopters and foster families.
Facilities Maintenance and Dog Care / Walking
We need help keeping Muttville HQ clean, safe, and operational. Shifts are available 7 days a week working at the Muttville HQ in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood, with occasional visits to other foster homes. Volunteers on this team must be willing to pick up and clean up after dogs, and bathe and walk dogs. We ask for a commitment of at least three hours per week. Any experienced veterinarian technicians, contractors, handy-persons or landscapers are encouraged to join us, as well!
Muttville gets a LOT of much-needed donations of supplies and equipment for the pooches, and we desperately need skilled organizers to set up and maintain a simple, easy-to-use system. Volunteers will work on a weekly basis to cull through, organize, and maintain the supplies that live in the Muttville garage and office.
Got other skills that Muttville can use? Tell us about them and we'll put you to work!
If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and can give us at least three hours a week for six months or more, please fill out a volunteer application.
Once we get your completed application, it will be sent to the Team Leader in each of the volunteer categories you selected. Your Team Leader(s) will follow up with you regarding details of your orientation, and other important volunteer information.
Summer is a sad time for dogs. They're pouring into shelters – surrendered, or worse, when families leave for summer vacation. So we're pulling out all the stops to get dogs into forever homes. That means FREE ADOPTIONS to all qualified adopters during the month of August.
We're aiming for a record-breaking 90 ADOPTIONS this month.
Let's turn a sad month into a month of love!
Special extended adoption hours throughout August,
including Friday night Yappy Hours starting August 12!
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