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Volunteers are the life blood of Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California.

As an all-volunteer run organization, we would not exist or continue to save hounds without the love, compassion, and hard work of our volunteers. Dedicating your time to the hounds is enormously rewarding because the hounds allow you to become part of their journey to their forever homes.

Whether you're able to volunteer a few hours a month or many, whether you live locally or in another state 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.

The Hounds Are Recruiting For These Positions

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!

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

Report to the Lead Grant Agent of BHRSC.

Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.



Ability to work well and contribute in a team environment, while also being motivated to work autonomously.

Ability to meet deadlines and a sense of urgency.

Ability to navigate the various websites, understand the grant requirements and determine if BHRSC will meet the criteria.

Compassion for Basset Hound welfare and passion for the Basset Hound breed and its community.



Experience with grant research.

Knowledge of fundraising and information sources.


This job can be done from any modern computer (Mac or PC), with a good Internet connection.

This job requires 5-15 hours per month.

Primary Responsibilities:

Report to VP and/or President of BHRSC;  these will be the point people and BHRSC’s representatives to the community.

Ability to supervise a team of grant writers and researchers.

Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.

Work with Executive Board of Directors to gather information necessary for grant application processes.

Understanding of institutional history and programs.

Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.



Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.

Strong editing skills.

Attention to detail.

Ability to meet deadlines and a sense of urgency.

Knowledge of fundraising information sources.

Able to work well  and contribute in a team environment and handle multiple assignments.

Motivated to work autonomously.

Sensitivity to meeting income goals.

Compassion for basset hound welfare and passion for the basset hound breed and its community.



Experience with grant writing.

Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.

Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.



Bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts discipline or demonstrated writing experience and background.


This job can be done from any modern computer (Mac or PC), with a good Internet connection.

This job requires 15-20 hours per month.

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.

Dedicate approximately 15 hours per month making connections with businesses across Southern California in hopes of gaining sponsors for BHRSC.

Coordinate monetary donations from sponsors in exchange for advertising their company at events, on the website, social media pages and the BHRSC Newsletter.

Work with Marketing Coordinator on strategy to acquire business sponsors and provide regular updates.

Provide Webmaster, Social Media Coordinator, and Newsletter Editor with business logos and information needed for ad placement.

Develop a BHRSC Network group amongst business sponsors.

The Fundraising Coordinator is responsible for raising funds to cover the operational costs of BHRSC through fundraising promotions and online drives and oversees yearly fundraising campaigns such as special pleas, Virtual Valentines and Debbie’s Dawgs.

The Fundraising Coordinator responds to and assesses online inquiries for fundraising opportunities and presents this information to the Board.

The coordinator presents creative ideas to the Board of possible income generating ideas and takes the lead on assigned fundraising projects according to the yearly fundraising plan.

The Fundraising Coordinator track expenses and income for each fundraiser they lead and reports this information to the BOD and the Donor Development Coordinator for assessment and helps with the development of the yearly fundraising plan as needed. They work closely with Donor Development Coordinator and Social Media team.

The Coordinator is not obligated to help with events but is encouraged to do so.

The Fundraising Coordinator is a member of the Executive Committee and is obligated to participate in quarterly meetings. Must be responsive, reliable and check email daily.

This job requires 5-15 hours per month and is overseen by the President.

This person would be responsible for designing all the MailChimp emails, with an exception of the BHRSC monthly e-newsletter. The position would entail 1 or 3 simple email designs each month. It is estimated the job will require 2 – 6 hours per month, and MailChimp experience is preferred.

BHRSC is looking for a creative, donor-focused writer with experience composing content for fundraising campaigns by mail and online.

The main responsibilities of this position will be writing content for three to five fundraising campaigns per year and any corresponding donor updates. Pieces usually include a blend of storytelling and informational elements intended to both educate our supporters and encourage them to make a donation to our organization, with a critical focus on the impact their contributions will have on the hounds we rescue.

Occasional emergency campaigns may develop on short notice when we take in hounds needing urgent and costly rescue or care. This volunteer will receive direction and guidance from the Donor Development Coordinator and Fundraising Campaign Coordinator.

This position may require up to five hours per month leading up to fundraising drives, with fewer hours needed between campaigns. However, there will be many opportunities to be more actively involved in other aspects of our fundraising campaigns if personal time allows.

This position sits on our Associate Executive Committee and is NOT required to participate in quarterly meetings. This job can be done from home.

BHRSC is looking for an organized, donor-focused fundraiser with experience managing charitable campaigns by mail and online.

The main responsibilities of this position (with guidance from the donor development coordinator) will be planning three to five fundraising campaigns per year. Planning tasks include calendar management, content direction, donor segmentation, campaign updates, reporting and input on gift acknowledgment.

This volunteer will drive all our direct mail and online fundraising efforts, working with other team members to coordinate printing, design, mailing, etc. Any experience writing fundraising content or working with donor databases will be a huge plus!

This position may require up to three hours per week leading up to and during fundraising drives, with fewer hours needed between campaigns. Occasional emergency campaigns may develop on short notice when we take in hounds needing urgent and costly rescue or care.

This position is on the Associate Executive Committee and does not require attendance at our quarterly meetings. This job can be done completely from home.

Are you a Basset Hound lover and a Web Developer? This could be the volunteer opportunity you’ve been looking for!!!

BHRSC is looking for a Webmaster volunteer to support the ongoing functions and maintenance of the BHRSC Website.

The ideal candidate for this position will have prior WordPress experience in the Administrator’s Console, and feels comfortable in performing the following tasks:

  • Create, Modify and Delete user accounts as necessary.
  • Make updates to the website’s Pages, Posts, Events Calendar, and Hound Postings (Available for Adoption, In need of a Foster Home, Adopted, etc.).
  • Online Shop maintenance (Create & Update Products, Shipping rates, etc.)
  • Run website backups.
  • Install new plugins and update existing plugins.

In addition to the task-based Administrator Console work identified above, someone with experience in modifying an existing WordPress theme, through the use of industry plugins and making code changes to PHP templates is necessary.

Candidate should have be proficient in and have at least 2 years of experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP. The JavaScript on the site is implemented into the DOM with jQuery so familiarity with this framework is necessary as well. The site was built with Bootstrap as a front-end framework so proficiency and experience with this framework is also a requirement.

The site uses Stripe as it’s on-line commerce solution so the prospective candidate must be willing to become familiar with Stripe integration into WordPress.

Proficiency with a cPanel hosting environment for administrative tasks to the site is necessary as well. Usage of FTP clients for manipulation of server assets is also required.

The amount of time required for this position will vary from month to month and will depend upon need. The person in this role will need to commit a minimum of 1 hour weekly for a GoTo Meeting conference call, and approximately 20 to 40 hours per month, specifically for hands-on work on the BHRSC website.

This job can be done from any modern computer (Mac or PC), with a good Internet connection.

This is an Executive Committee position. You will be required to attend quarterly board meetings and volunteer your support at our annual Spring Games event (held in June).

The following are duties and expectations of the Graphic Designer Team Member

  • Able to design original artwork for postcards and flyers
  • Able to create new designs for our resale merchandise
  • Ability to express your creativity for new ideas and designs.
  • Ability to work on your own, at your own pace, while being mindful to the needs of others and deadlines
  • Ability to work under the direction of a Project Manager or in collaboration with others

This job can be done completely from home and requires of your time, approximately 10 hours per month.

This is an Associate Executive Committee position.  While you may participate if you wish, it is not mandatory to attend quarterly board meetings.

All Committee members are encouraged to support the organization by volunteering at Spring Games, our largest fundraiser, held annually each June.

The Home Visit Assistant works closely with the Adoption and Foster teams.  In this position, you will receive adoption/foster applications, communicate with applicants, find a volunteer that is available to complete a virtual or in-person home visit, and keep our software up-to-date with the status of the home visits.  You will then report the findings to the Home Visit Coordinator, Adoption Coordinator and/or Assistant Foster Coordinator.  This position can be done from home with a computer.

The following are duties and expectations of the Publicity Coordinator:

The Publicity Coordinator will offer guidance and support for projects performed by Publicity Coordinator Assistant(s).

The Publicity Coordinator will build and maintain strong relationships with journalists, local media outlets and develop new awareness campaigns.

This position will require writing press releases for BHRSC events, fundraisers, soliciting volunteers and engaging the media in coverage of BHRSC events and campaigns. The Publicity Coordinator also will work to secure sponsorships for major BHRSC events (2-4 per year).

BHRSC is looking for someone with PR or advertising experience, organizational skills, and exceptional communication skills who can take responsibility for and make recommendations on the PR outreach of the organization.

The Publicity Coordinator reports directly to the President.

This position sits on our Executive Committee and requires participation in meetings via conference call two times per year and in-person meetings, also twice each year.

Coordinators are specifically encouraged to support and volunteer at our annual Spring Games event held in June. If you cannot attend Spring Games you will be asked to volunteer at another event that year.


BHRSC is an all-volunteer organization and this position requires 5-10 hours per week.

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