Volunteer Opportunities with Dog Star

If you aren’t able to foster a dog but still want to be involved with Dog Star Rescue, we would love to still have you volunteer. As a 100% volunteer organization, we are entirely dependent on the efforts of our volunteers, and offer many opportunities to help our rescue’s success. Explore our many volunteer opportunities including dog handling at our events, transporting dogs, evaluating potential adopter families, publicity/marketing, fundraising and other administrative tasks.

Please note: To volunteer with DSR you must be 18 years of age or older, attend a mandatory orientation program and dedicate a minimum of three hours per month.

Dog Handling at Events

Dog Star Rescue holds adoption events each week and each dog that attends needs a dog handler. Being a dog handler is a great opportunity to spend a few hours with a rescue dog, talk to potential adopters about your assigned dog and make sure that your dog has a great afternoon full of positive interactions and hopefully adoption applications. Many of our dog handlers also help with dog transport too, if their schedules and interest accommodates. To learn more about dog handling, submit a volunteer application.

Dog Transport

Many of our dogs come up from the south on group transport vehicles and need rides to their foster homes or to a kennel for temporary boarding. In addition, rides are sometimes needed to and from adoption events or to meet and greets with potential adopters. If you have a car, a valid driver’s license and can safely transport a dog in your car, please submit a volunteer application.

Kennel Crew

While we are a foster-based rescue, when a dog doesn't have a foster they stay in our headquarters kennels. Our kennel volunteers help care for these dogs by taking them on walks, supporting their socialization and training, and overall kennel maintenance. If you live close to Bloomfield, CT, this is a great opportunity to make a huge impact on these dogs. We work in shifts and the rewards of being on our kennel crew are immeasurable..


As a foster-based rescue we are always looking for foster homes for our dogs. Fostering a dog saves two lives - the one of the dog you are fostering and the one of the dogs we can now take into the rescue because we have a slot available. The more fosters we have, the more dogs we can save, so this is an incredible opportunity. Learn much more about fostering and apply now..

Dog Screeners

Ensuring that the right family adopts the right dog involves a lot of phone calls. We need to conduct vet checks, interviews and home visits. If you like getting to know new people over the phone, we could use your help and can train you to assist our foster family and adoption screeners. If you are interested, please submit a volunteer application.

Publicity & Marketing

Dog Star Rescue has grown significantly since we started and part of that is due to our publicity and marketing efforts. We are always working hard to increase the visibility of our rescue and available dogs, and to attract more fosters and volunteers to our organization. We are always looking for volunteers who have experience in publicity and marketing to continue to support our growth and name recognition. If you are interested, please submit a volunteer application.


As a non-profit organization, every penny we raise goes toward our dogs. While the dog adoption fee is designed to cover basic expenses, we require additional funding to grow and provide the extra care many of our dogs need. We conduct many events annually and also welcome corporate donors to support our fundraising efforts. We welcome volunteers with experience in fundraising and grant writing or an interest in learning the ropes. If you are interested, please submit a volunteer application.

Administrative Support

Running a dog rescue is like a business and involves a lot of paperwork! We need to keep copies of vet records, contracts, applications and much more. We’re working to make our organization as paperless as possible, so if you have access to a high-speed scanner, have knowledge about using a smartphone to scan applications, or have a perfectly organized home filing system, we could use your help! If you are interested in helping with administrative tasks, please submit a volunteer application.