One of the biggest needs that we have is a place to keep the rescue beagles until we can find their new forever home. Since we don’t have a shelter, we depend on Foster Homes. The beagles stay in these homes until we can find a permanent home for them. If you have room for an extra dog, it’s one of the best ways that you can volunteer. The beagles can stay anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the amount of work the dog needs. Fosters select which dogs they are ready to foster and when they are ready to foster. Fostering is a big commitment, but a very fulfilling one! If you’ve thought about adopting a beagle, but aren’t quite sure if they’re the breed for you, fostering is a wonderful way to find out about the breed and whether it’s suitable for your lifestyle. If you think you’d be interested in fostering one of our homeless beagles, read our foster home agreement for more information and then fill out an application. Mention on the form that you would like to foster.
Adopt-a-thons and Special Events
We are currently doing adopt-a-thons at both PetSmart (in Brier Creek) and at AniMall (in Cary) once a month. If you have a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday that you can give us, we can use your help here. All that’s required is going to the adoptathon location, helping to handle beagles, handing out literature about the rescue, and answering questions that prospective adopters may ask. We will also be doing special events where we’ll need volunteers. Check our home page often for upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Helping with the Application Process
Part of applying to adopt a dog from TBR is going through a phone interview and home visit and we always need volunteers to help complete these. When performing a home visit or phone interview, you are supplied with all of the questions that you need to ask and simply enjoy a conversation with an applicant about beagles and fill in the blanks!
Join our Google Group
The majority of our volunteer requests (including foster requests, transport help, phone interviews/home visit requests, and more) are posted on our Google group page. It’s also a great place to hear amusing beagle anecdotes, ask or answer questions about beagles and experience beagle camaraderie. To join our group go to http://trianglebeaglerescue.googlegroups.com.
Here are 54 other ways to help TBR!
1. Transport a dog to or from vet appointments and adopt-a-thons
2. Donate a dog bed or towels or other *bedding* type items
3. Donate MONEY
4. Donate dog toys
5. Donate a crate – small and medium size wire ones are preferred
6. Donate an x-pen or baby gates
7. Donate a stainless food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate
8. Donate a leash (please NO flexi-leashes!)
9. Donate a collar size medium or small
10. Donate some treats or a bag of food
11. Donate a halter size small or medium
12. Walk a dog
13. Groom a dog
14. Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)
15. Make a few phone calls
16. Donate a gift certificate to a pet store
17. Donate flea stuff (Advantage, Frontline, etc.)
18. Donate HW (Heartgard Plus or Interceptor) pills
19. Donate a canine first aid kit
20. Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed
21. Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
22. Clip coupons for dog food or treats
23. Bake some homemade doggie biscuits
24. Donate time to take good photos of foster dogs for our website
25. Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit
26. Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one dog
27. Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue
28. Be a volunteer to do rescue in your area
29. Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs
30. Donate vet services or donate a spay or neuter each year or some vaccinations
31. Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues
32. Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue
33. Help organize and run fundraising events
34. Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the house
35. Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action
36. Go to the foster home once a week with your children & dogs to help socialize the dog
37. Offer to test the foster dog with cats
38. Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself* Grooming Place
39. Lend your artistic talents for fundraising ideas, t-shirt designs, etc.
40. Donate postage stamps
41. Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be euthanized
42. Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air
43. Provide post-adoption follow up or support
44. Buy two of those really neat dog-items you “have to have” and donate one to Rescue
45. Make a bequest in your will to TBR
46. Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of caring for your dogs after you are gone – so Rescue won’t have to
47. Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer
48. Donate other services if you run your own business
49. Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership
50. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite rescued dogs that have been placed
51. Donate clickers or a video on clicker training
52. Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring materials to put under crates to protect fosters floor
53. Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed
54. Do something not listed above to help rescue!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help!