volunteer application

Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California always welcomes new volunteers. We could not exist or continue to save hounds without the dedication, compassion, and hard work of our volunteers.

Whether you’re able to volunteer a few hours a month or you’re willing to open your home to a hound in need, we can always find ways for you to contribute on a meaningful level.

BHRSC is currently seeking volunteers from throughout Central and Southern California to fill the following positions:

owner surrender facilitator assistant - To help with meeting owner surrenders when it is in the evening during the week or a Saturday if Facilitator cannot meet. Typically owner surrenders just need to be reassured that they are doing the right thing and that BHRSC works tirelessly to find the basset a wonderful home.  Occasionally owners are very sad and need a little time to tell their story and given extra assurance regarding our great team/networking. Primarily on-line communication but sometimes phone.

owner surrender coordinator - Receive/Review incoming completed OS forms from website. Send appropriate confirmation/response of completed OS Form (usually need to request pictures) within 24 hours. Gather information on any follow-up questions that arise from completed OS Form (including Behavioral Questionnaire). When completed OS form/photos are in – circulate complete OS application to Treasurer for approval. Post signed OSA to Cloud upon receipt and share with OS Group. Primarily on-line communication but sometimes phone. Additional tasks: Work with Hotline Coordinator to resolve incoming calls about OS, work with Craigslist volunteers who spot ads, work with Shelter Coordinator when shelter spotting comes your way.

Please note: This is an Executive Committee position, and as such it is required to attend four fun and friendly​ EC meeting​s annually.

neighborhood canvasser – Have a passion for raising awareness of events to support our homeless hounds? We need volunteers to canvass their local home areas with flyers and postcards before events and fundraisers. This job is flexible and only requires a few hours per month but is a great way to help spread the word about BHRSC.

transporter – Want to help homeless hounds find their way to forever homes? BHRSC is looking for transport volunteers to bail hounds out of shelters and also transport them to events for their moment in the spotlight. The hours are flexible, you can volunteer as you are available, and we have help needed in all areas so you don’t have to travel far from home!

hound photographer – Have an eye for making the hounds look their best? BHRSC is looking for volunteers to take photos of our hounds for the web. Hound photographers play a vital role in helping homeless hounds find their new homes, great photos lead to quick adoptions! We need photographers for our Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo locations. This job requires only a few hours per week. Ability to take short videos and provide quick upload of files is a must.

grant writer - Has anyone ever told you you’re a great writer? Do you like to get creative when writing e-mails? Do you want to help earn funding for the rescue of homeless hounds? This is what we need: Someone to submit grant applications to organizations with charitable funding opportunities in hopes of receiving money to help support the great work of our hound-loving volunteers. Experience writing grants or proposals would be helpful, but is not required. Want to learn more? E-mail us! Every step will be fun and easy.

grant researcher – Do you enjoy digging up information? Do you get satisfaction from helping animals? Do you have a soft spot in your heart for bassets?This is what we need: Someone to research organizations for grant funding opportunities, then pass the results along to our grant writers who will determine whether to apply for financial assistance to support our rescue efforts. Have a question about this position before you sign on with us? Just ask. We promise we don’t bite at BHRSC.

home visitor (throughout Southern and Central California) – This volunteer will help ensure our hounds are rehomed responsibly. He or she will visit and assess the homes of potential adopters to assist in determining whether adopted bassets will be in a safe, loving environment. * We’re in urgent need of home visitors everywhere, but especially in Northern California and the Inland Empire.

event worker – This volunteer will assist our event coordinator in setting up and breaking down equipment for adoption events, caring for and handling hounds, as well as speaking with potential adopters about available bassets.

hound walker (Mission Viejo and/or Huntington Beach) – This volunteer will bring much needed joy to hounds’ lives, as exercise and companionship are crucial to their healthy existence. Positions located in Mission Viejo and/or Huntington Beach. Hours are flexible.

If you’re interested in volunteering with BHRSC, please fill out the application below.

You will be contacted via e-mail so please be sure that your e-mail address is correct.