Application to Become a ACD Volunteer
We look forward to having you as part of our team! We encourage you if you have not already, to visit our Support ACDR page. There you will find many common questions answered and more information on specific ways you can help.
We are a 100% volunteer-based organization. No one gets paid monetarily; our pay check is in the waggin’ tails of our rescued dogs. Your gift of support is like every life we save: none is too small or insignificant that it can’t make a difference in someone’s life. Thank you for wanting to help ACDR give Australian Cattle Dogs and their friends a second chance to do just that.
You Can Help! Be a Sponsor or Volunteer
There are several ways you can help support Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue! Please review the following information. If after reviewing you still have questions or have another idea on how you can help please EMAIL US. We would love to answer any questions you may have and hear of any ideas you may have for us. Thank you in advance for your participation and support!
Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue is a foster-home-based rescue. Without our foster homes, we would not be able to help the many dogs that we do. However, fostering is not the only way you can help! We have volunteers who do phone calls, help with web support, photography, fundraising, adoption event coordination, office work, transportation, outreach and support. We have foster homes who sometimes need help getting a dog to and from the vet, we have dogs that would benefit from taking classes but the foster home may not have the time or even just extra walks and public socialization can help our foster homes and the dogs. There are also areas in which we could use professional volunteers such as tax professionals, grant writers, artists for promo designs and so on.
If you think your special talent or passion could help us we’d love to hear about it! You can send us an email and/or send in a Volunteer Application. We will be in touch with you quickly as we are always eager to get to know like-minded folks who share our passion and devotion to rescue and to Australian Cattle Dogs. Even if you don’t know about cattle dogs but do have a passion for rescue and you think we’re the group for you we’ll gladly “convert” you into an ACD lover and supporter in no time!
If you want to help but don’t have the time or resource to offer, you are still needed! Look to our “Monetary” page for details on ways you can support ACDR just by shopping at certain locations and or retailers and even by simply walking your own dog!
As stated before, Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue is a foster-home-based rescue. We do not have a facility or shelter where we keep our dogs, they are all cared for in foster homes throughout Arizona. While in foster care they are given an enormous amount of time, love and care. They are taken in for any and all veterinary care needed, learn basic house manners, public social manners and any other type of rehabilitation they may require to help them become a happy and healthy adoptable dog. Because of this kind of personal care and training we are able to place our ACDs in homes that are well suited to their individual needs and to the needs of their future owners.
Here are a few common questions and our answers:
Please let us know if you would like for us to further expand on any one of these questions or have different ones. We are happy to answer any question you may have.
A. A Foster Family is someone who has opened up their home for a dog in need. A temporary home that provides for the basic physical and emotional needs of the animal. Simply put, caring for a dog just as you would your own while it get ready for its forever home.
A. ANYONE who has room in their hearts to help our ACD’s. We require you have a safe and secure environment and a life style conducive to an ACD’s needs. Our requirements are much like those of our applicants.
A. A Foster Family is responsible for housing and caring for your foster ACD while in your care. Most ACDs that come into our rescue need basic medical such as shots, spay/neuter and so forth. A Foster Family is NEVER responsible for medical costs, but we require you to transport and care for your foster as you would your own pet. Some of our rescues have never been in a home environment and need to be taught basic house manners, potty/crate training, leash training, etc. Some need more than basics and if you so choose, you can foster a “special needs” ACD. It is also the responsibility of the Foster Family to interview potential families. We will only send applications to you that have been approved by our organization. You will be the best judge of character for your ACD so therefore you have the final say in who adopts your foster dog.
A. Every animal is different, but a Foster family can expect to have their ACD for as little as 2 weeks and up to 3 months or more, the average being 6-8 weeks.
A. We need Foster Families desperately and if you can foster ANY ACD we will gladly work with you!! We understand that fostering is a huge commitment and we want you to feel supported and respected. We will never ask or expect you to do anything you are not comfortable with or have previously said you could not do.
A. We won’t lie: you do get attached to them! When you love and care for another creature you get attached. So it is reasonable to think that after several weeks of caring, training, and loving your foster ACD you wouldn’t be able to part with them, but when you find their perfect forever home and you get to see the joy both human and dog bring to each other, it makes it all worth it! When you begin, the first few can be hard but after each experience, you find that the joy of “match making” far outways the loss. Many Foster Families express this feeling like the cherry on top….the best part. You will not be alone, we have all been there and our team is filled with supportive and understanding volunteers who can help you every step of the way.
A. Please EMAIL US. We will be more than happy to answer any other questions you may have!
A. Visit our Applications Page and fill out our Volunteer Application. We will be in touch quickly after receiving your application.