Our famous 'Two Fat Blokes' from the NE team raising money in Pets at Home
We have nearly 400 volunteers that help the rescue but we never have enough and are always in need of more help. You can help in many ways by volunteering, there are lots of different 'jobs' that need to be done. Not everyone is on the frontline handling the dogs, there are many more behind the scenes that keep things working smoothly.
What kind of things can you do to help GSDR
This is not for everyone as it is one of the most difficult jobs but one of the most important aspects for the rescue. It's a simple equation - the more funds we can raise, the greater number of dogs we can help.
Robert and Michelle from our eastern team raising money in Pets at Home Norfolk
The rescue receives a large volume of calls and a large number of answerphone messages. We need people with a good phone manner to answer or return calls and refer to the relevant volunteer.
When we receive an adoption form it is sent first to a telephone screener who will ring up the potential adopter and interview them over the phone. We do this to screen out people who we believe will not be suitable to adopt - not everyone is. Experienced screeners are skilled at getting lots of information quickly and they also obtain vet references.This reduces the amount of time/fuel wasted by volunteers.
We need people to help move dogs from location to location. We would prefer exerienced GSD owners and they must have a vehicle where they can secure the dog safely away. Because of the increasing cost of fuel, we try to limit the mileage for individual volunteers.
When an owner wishes to rehome their dog, we need an experienced volunteer to go along to the home and do a thorough assessment of the dog in it's own environment. We hope to gather as much information as possible to enable us to find the right home for each dog.
Nobody is allowed to adopt a dog from the rescue until they have undergone a thorough homecheck by a GSDR volunteer. We send a volunteer along to assess the suitability of both the home and the people to make sure that they can offer a good home to one of our dogs.
Remember that there are many ways that you can help the rescue. Please submit a volunteer application if you think you can help.