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.


  • Fostering

    All Val’s Pals dogs are adopted out of foster homes, as 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. Please consider opening your home and fostering to help save a life. If you choose to foster, our foster coordinator will go over our guidelines and details on how the fostering process will work.

  • Reference Callers

    When adoption or foster applications come in, the application coordinator will review each. When a good application is received, a request will go out for a volunteer to help with the reference calls. Applications will consist of a vet reference along with two personal references. If you can help, please respond with your email and the application coordinator will you send you the application via email, as we do not publically post them to the group. Being thorough on your reference checks is very important for many reasons, but primarily:

    – We want to do everything we can to ensure our dogs will be going to a loving home where they will be cared for the rest of their lives.

    – We will be sending a volunteer to the home of the applicants, if references go well, we do not want to place volunteers in any danger so getting as much information as possible from your references is important to ensure safety for all.

  • 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, you can assist by performing the visit. 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 better. You will be sent all the guidelines for a home visit and you are free to ask another volunteer or a friend to go along with you.

  • Intake

    We rescue dogs from a lot of different situations: people who have found strays, owners trying to re-home their dog they no longer want, from shelters, and more. If getting dogs out of bad situations and assisting with intake interests you, please contact the intake coordinator for more details.

  • Events & Fundraisers

    We get most of our publicity from our events. Events are where adopters can first meet and fall in love with their potential future dog. If you are fostering one of our dogs, we ask that you do your best to make it out to our events to give potential adopters a chance to meet your foster dog. If you do not have a foster dog to bring, please come anyway! This is also a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers!

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

  • Transport

    We work to help as many dogs as possible, so this takes our rescue all over the Houston area. Because of this, our need for transportation assistance is always in high demand. Please consider giving a dog a ride, out of the shelter, to a vet or boarding, to an event, or to their foster home. Should the need arise, please consider volunteering your time so our dogs can get to where they need to go. We will send out a transport plea and if you can help, please reach out and we’ll get everything put in motion.