Help Us Help Goldens

Helping needy Goldens is simply ‘GOOD for the SOUL’

Our organization is growing and evolving and moving and shaking ~ like a Golden after a bath!  And we’re looking for volunteers.  Is that you or someone you know?  Golden Rescue is run solely by volunteers ~ a wonderfully dedicated group, sharing a common vision to safeguard the wellbeing of every Golden in our care.  Our work is hugely rewarding and we would love to hear from you if you would like to help.  We currently have vacancies in a number of areas.  

Once you have looked through the list, and if you are interested in volunteering for one of these roles, please contact us at teamresources(at) indicating:

  1. your preference/area of interest
  2. your experience in that particular area
  3. your phone number where our Team Resources Coordinator can reach you

Positions are listed under two categories:  Casual and Team

Casual ~ occasional help every now and then when a specific need comes up such as transporting a Golden, doing a home visit or volunteering at one of our events

Team ~ working with a group of other volunteers with specific ongoing tasks…some roles are more demanding than others, some are time sensitive, and some can be done on your own timeline. 

Casual Opportunities


Bring your Golden or just yourself and help out at one of our many events throughout the year ~ all with the double goal of raising funds and building awareness for Golden Rescue.  The events are fun and everyone ~ and we mean everyone ~ loves to talk to our volunteers about our sweet Goldens. You never have to ask for a donation ~ we simply have a ‘Please Donate’ sign and donation jar in full view. If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming event, please visit and "like" our Golden Rescue Facebook page and our website at to view our upcoming schedule, and feel free to reach out to Liz at volunteer(at) any time you see an event of interest to you.  PLEASE NOTE: Volunteers are asked to go to our website and fill out the Volunteer Application which is different than our adoption application. Do it early and then you are ready to roll when something exciting catches your eye! 

Estimated time commitment:  totally dependent upon your time and availability


• Northern Ontario & Quebec

Transport help is always needed to move our Goldens from their past to their future new lives. To do this, volunteer drivers travel the province picking up our precious cargo from their previous homes, shelters, vet offices, etc. and driving them to their foster homes. Sometimes this trip is short and can be done by one person and other times the distance is greater, requiring volunteers to work as a relay team, picking up or dropping off at identified locations along the way. Obviously, this is a very important task. Drivers must have a valid licence and be willing to use their own car. 

Estimated time commitment: At your discretion but usually 1-3 hours

Home Visits

Potential foster or adopting families require a home visit.  You would visit these temporary and permanent family homes and spend about 30 minutes, engaging in conversation and asking some questions from the questionnaire we would provide to you to guide the conversation. When you return home, we would ask you to fill out the home visit form and email it to the volunteer who contacted you.  

Estimated time commitment:  totally dependent upon your time and availability

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Team Opportunities


Volunteer Coordinator

The Volunteer Coordinators (VCs) are vital members of the Golden Rescue team. They are responsible for the recruitment and coordination of volunteers – both two legged and four legged – for our events.  These events occur during the period April to December and are an important part of both the fundraising process for Golden Rescue as well as for building awareness. It is our goal that each VC will have 3-4 events to manage during the year, which can be done remotely and involves mostly emailing with some phone work starting about two months prior to the event. The VC is not required to attend the event.  The duties include, but are not limited to creating and circulating the call for volunteers in order to effectively recruit individuals for a variety of volunteer roles; scheduling of volunteers for all shifts, including handling replacements for cancellations; ensuring volunteers are engaged through consistent and effective communication; coordinating ‘thank you’ emails to the volunteers, etc. You will be provided with all the tools, training, and support you need to achieve these goals.  You should have a high level of organization, the ability to think creatively and propose innovative ways to solve problems; exceptional communication skills both written and verbal, and good computer skills.  Some knowledge of Google Drive would be an asset. 

Estimated time commitment: 6-8 hours per event over an eight-week period

Foster Families

We continue to have Goldens coming into our care! We always need foster homes throughout Ontario and Quebec. Fostering a Golden and helping him/her through a transitional phase is an incredibly rewarding experience because you’re the first step in their new life. We particularly need foster families who are willing to take Goldens with medical or behavioural issues, families without any other dogs or cats in-house or families who are willing to foster a pair. If you are interested in fostering, please fill out a foster application online at Once you’ve filled out an application, a volunteer will contact you to clarify any points, answer any questions you might have, and arrange a home visit.

Estimated time commitment: Varies by dog and circumstance

Foster Team

There are many elements to bringing a new foster on board. You would represent Golden Rescue by calling potential fosters and answering their questions, making arrangements for home visits, and recommending families for certain kinds of Goldens. Please take a look at our foster application on our website, which will familiarize you with what we look for in a foster family. Training and ongoing support will be available for foster team.

Estimated time commitment:  5-10 hours per month

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