As a non-profit 501c.3 organization, we depend on volunteers to be successful in our mission to rescue dogs from high-kill environments and provide them with loving, furever homes.

We have a number of opportunities for those interested in volunteering for our organization that can allow you to participate  in saving the life of our furever friends in a way that your schedule allows.
Below is a brief description of our current volunteer opportunities.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Provides a temporary home for a rescued dog until a permanent home can be found. If you are interested in fostering, please go to our website under “Fostering” for more detailed information about our fostering program and application.

Home Visit Counselor

Involves traveling to fully-screened adoptive family’s homes to finalize the adoption process. This visit ensures the quality of the environment of the adoptive family’s home that is both adequate and appropriate according to Tailwaggers 911 standards. The visit also gives the Tailwaggers 911 volunteer the opportunity to be the eyes and ears for our doggies to ensure they are happy and comfortable. This opportunity involves traveling and mileage will be reimbursed per state guidelines.  Visits are usually conducted near the volunteer’s home. Training is provided.

Dog Handler at Events

Requires caring for one or more of our dogs at our fundraisers or meet-n-greet events. There are times when a foster cannot participate, but we can arrange for the dog to attend. Then, we need someone to handle the dog for the duration of the event.

*Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will not accept any handlers under the age of 10 years of age.


Helps us raise money for the funds we need to keep going strong! You can work with our event coordinator to plan small to large events. We welcome fresh ideas! Additionally, we need help obtaining cash/item donations for our large events.

Grant Writer

Responsible for preparing the necessary documents needed in order to obtain grant money from the government or foundations that grant funds to nonprofit organizations. This opportunity includes developing proposals, writing project descriptions, compiling required information, and submitting applications. Must possess excellent writing and computer skills. This position works directly with the Tailwaggers 911 President.

Parade Set-Up

Involves decorating and participating in our many parades throughout the summer and winter months.

Application Reviewer

Responsible for processing applications by conducting background checks, calling veterinary clinics to obtain vetting histories, calling landlords to verify pet policies, etc. Person should be able to think critically and be an investigator. Ideally, person would be available during day-time hours.

Event Setup  / Clean Up

Assists with meet & greets: setup, potty patrol, put on/remove 'adopt me' bandanas, tear down equipment, backup dog handler, etc.

Transport Driver

Provides assistance transporting our dogs from Georgia to Wisconsin! Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid driver’s license.

Transport Clean-Up

Involves cleaning of transport van and crates after transport is complete.




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