Volunteer

Val’s Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue

Welcome to Val’s Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue. Thank you so much considering volunteering and giving some of your time to the dogs of Val’s Pals, with volunteers like yourself, it makes it possible for us to save more German Shepherds and other large breed dogs needing our help. As a volunteer, you can put in as much or as little time as you like.

There are many things we will regularly need help with, these are our most common needs.  

Fostering All Val’s Pals dogs are adopted out of foster homes, we do not have any type of facility that we can hold and adopt out dogs, we are only able to take as many dogs as we have a foster home for. If we only have two fosters, we can only help two dogs. Please consider opening your home and fostering a dog so we can save a life from a certain death. You can foster as many or as few dogs as you would like, even only fostering one dog a year is a huge help and one life saved! If fostering for us interest you, please fill out our foster application. You will be contacted by our Foster Coordinator or Volunteer Coordinator once your application is processed. THANK YOU!  

Temporary Foster If you do not wish to foster until adoption, please consider helping out temporarily with a dog until a long term foster becomes available, this way we will not have to turn a dog away completely but will give the dog a place to stay until we are able to find a better, long term place for them. If fostering for us interest you, please fill out our foster application. You will be contacted by our Foster Coordinator or Volunteer Coordinator once your application is processed. THANK YOU!

Vacation Fostering Vacation fostering is a really big help and money saver for the rescue! If a foster family is going out of town, please consider taking their foster dog while they are away on vacation. If we cannot find a vacation foster, we will have to board the foster dog and this takes away from our funds that could be used to save and medically treat a dog if we have to use it to board a dog.  If fostering for us interest you, please fill out our foster application. You will be contacted by our Foster Coordinator or Volunteer Coordinator once your application is processed. THANK YOU!

Donate We cannot save dogs and get them treated at the vet without money. All of our dogs will need spay and neuter, all shots, flea and heartworm prevention, a good majority of them will also need heartworm treatment, and some might require further medicals for illness, mange, etc. We will occasionally need to hire a trainer to help a dog become more adoptable. We spend way more on one dog than what our adoption fee is, we solely run on donations and the amount of funds we have at the time along with an available foster will decide on whether or not we can save a dog. Any donation amount is very needed and appreciated!

Reference Callers When adoption or foster applications come in, the application coordinator will need help from so help with the reference calls.

Home Visits After reference checks are completed and if all looks good, we will start looking for a volunteer to complete a home visit. If you see a home visit in your area of town, we would really appreciate it if you offer to go and complete the home visit for us. Home visits are done so we can see the environment our dogs will be living in and gives us a chance to meet the adopter / foster face to face and get to know them a little better.

Intake We get dogs a lot of different ways, people who have found strays, owners trying to re-home their dog they no longer want, and from shelters.  If intake interest you, please contact the intake coordinator for more details.

Events We get most our publicity from our events. Events are where sometimes adopters first meet and fall in love with their future dog.  If you do not have a foster dog to bring, please come anyways! We could always use the help talking to potential adopters or volunteers about our rescue group. This is also a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers!

Fundraisers We cannot save and help dog without the funds to do so. If you have any great fundraising ideas, please get in touch with our volunteer coordinator who will get you in touch with our event and fundraising coordinator so you can work together on planning a fundraiser. If you are not in the planning process, please help us advertise our fundraiser and attend if it all possible. The more people we have helping the rescue raise money, the more dogs we can save!

Transportation This is much needed since we will be getting dogs from all around the Houston and surrounding areas and will have foster families in different cities and locations. Please consider giving a dog a ride, out of the shelter, to a vet or boarding, to an event, or to its foster home. Some peoples work schedules won’t always give them the freedom to get a dog across town at the time it’s needed so please consider volunteering your time here and there so our dogs can get to where they need to go. Any time you can give to Val’s Pals Rescue is truly appreciated and valued! Thank you so very much for considering giving some of your valuable time to help us save these precious lives, because of volunteers like yourself, we will be able to get dogs out of bad situations or save from a certain death and get them into homes where they will live a life of love and care. No question is ever too silly, so always feel free to ask any questions. Please help us recruit any animal lovers that would be willing to help us, and tell your friends!!

Contact the volunteer coordinator at HERE for more information about volunteering.