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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

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.

The Bids and Bites for Bassets Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of our annual Bids and Bites for Bassets held in October in Orange County, with the help of a planning committee.

The Bids and Bites Coordinator helps assemble and oversee a committee to assist in the fundraising efforts, collecting auction and raffle prizes, etc. They work closely with the Board of Directors (BOD) on event approval and budget and social media, PR and newsletter teams on promoting events as well as the foster and adoption teams as needed.

The Bids and Bites Coordinator will track expenses and income for the event and report this information to the BOD and the Donor Development Coordinator for assessment and help with the development of the yearly fundraising plan as needed. The Event Coordinator is not obligated to help with other fundraising coordinator’s lead events but is encouraged to do so. The Bids and Bites Coordinator must be available to volunteer at Bids and Bites held annually in October. This position sits on our Executive Committee and requires participation in a meeting via conference call 2 times per year and an in-person meeting twice per year.

The MailChimp Coordinator (MCC) is responsible for designing, editing, and sending all of the BHRSC email blasts using the MailChimp interface. BHRSC sends out the monthly e-newsletter, plus 1 to 3 additional email blasts each month. There is also an occasional special fundraising campaign that goes out via email. It is estimated that the job requires 8 – 10 hours per month, mostly around the dates of the email blast. There is a master BHRSC calendar with dates for all scheduled email blasts which you will follow. The MCC is part of the Associate Executive Committee (AEC).


  • Monthly content is established at the beginning of the year and the MCC will follow that schedule for the articles and features each month.
  • Communicate with BHRSC volunteers, informing each person of the newsletter elements that they are responsible for providing, and the deadline for delivery.
  • Gather all elements required for each monthly issue from all of the volunteers assigned to them.
  • Build the e-newsletter within the MailChimp interface. This includes selecting color themes, font variations as needed, button, banner or other imagery as needed, and determine placement of each copy and image block.
  • Send test e-newsletters to President and Vice President for review at least 72 hours prior to the send date and make appropriate edits/changes.
  • Upon Presidential approval, send e-newsletter on assigned mail date.

Other email blasts:

  • Requests for any additional email campaigns not on the schedule will come from the President or Vice President only
  • BHRSC style is to capitalize “Basset Hound” but simply “basset” or “hound” is not
  • If you like working in Photoshop, you can get creative with graphics and images
  • Browse previous campaigns to see how emails were constructed. The campaigns from 2016-2019 usually follow the file naming convention Title-Of-Campaign_YYMMDD.
  • Send test campaigns to President and Vice President for review at least 72 hours prior to the send date and make appropriate edits/changes.
  • Upon Presidential approval, send the email blast on the assigned mail date.

Special fundraising campaigns:

  • Requests for a special campaign are usually time sensitive and require quick action.
  • Information, including pictures and text, for these campaigns will come from the Fundraising Coordinator.
  • Send test campaigns to President, Vice President, and the Fundraising Coordinator for review at least 72 hours prior to the send date and make appropriate edits/changes.
  • Upon Presidential approval, send the email blast on the assigned mail date.

The Behavior Coordinator Assistant works to evaluate potential behavior issues in new hounds at BHRSC and also to oversee the follow through of treatment plans. They also provide info and assistance for fosters and adopters who are experiencing behavior issues with their BHRSC hounds

The Behavior Coordinator Assistant schedules and assists with performing SAFER assessments on dogs who arrive at BHRSC prior to moving to their foster or forever home

The Behavior Coordinator Assistant must be able to travel to our three vet locations (Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and Huntington Beach) to perform the assessment in a timely manner (within a few days of a hounds arrival)

Responsible for maintaining and sharing a spreadsheet weekly tracking behavior cases

Responsible for uploading and sharing videos on the drive, sharing treatment plans and collecting updates and communicating relevant info to other coordinators

Must be organized and a good communicator who checks email at least daily and responds in a prompt manner

This position works closely with the President, Adoption, Foster and Medical teams

More than basic knowledge of dog behavior a plus, but you will have the guidance of the President (professional dog trainer)

This job is on the Executive Committee and requires participation in two in person meetings and two call in meetings per year as well as volunteering at Spring Games

This job requires 1-6 hours a week

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 Web Advisor 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).

  • Arranges photo/video shoots for all new hounds
  • Must be prepared to shoot photos and videos as needed, sometimes on short notice
  • Arranges photography coverage of events as needed, including hound haul arrivals
  • Ensures photography quality standards and website guidelines are communicated and followed
  • Edits video footage into 1-minute compilations for each new hound
  • Light editing of photos as needed
  • Uploads and organizes photos and videos on BHRSC Media Google Drive, Google Photos, and Youtube accounts.
  • Distributes links to all of the above to appropriate committee members
  • Provides media for special projects as needed
  • Executive Committee member: attendance at quarterly meetings required
  • This job requires 2 to 4 hours per week on average, but can be up to 10-12 hours per week
  • Provides oversight to: All Hound Photographers

Visit potential sponsors during business hours as key decision makers and management typically do not work weekends.Communication via phone/email is acceptable but face to face is preferred.
• Ensure sponsors who donate any goods/monies complete donation forms for tax purposes.
• Collaborate with social media, newsletter and website teams to ensure sponsors are recognized appropriately based on sponsorship tier.
• Be courteous and personable when dealing with the public.
• Other duties specifically around coordination of special events or as assigned.

  • The Foster Coordinator links hounds needing fosters to available foster families. In addition, the Foster Coordinator recruits new fosters; ensures that new foster applications are reviewed in a timely manner and forwarded to the Home Visit Coordinator; and provides guidance to new and existing fosters as needed.
  • The Foster Coordinator will receive advance notice of incoming hounds, and in consultation with the Adoption Coordinator and Medical Coordinator, will determine which hounds need foster placement and which hounds need to stay close to BHRSC’s vets.
  • The Foster Coordinator will be the liaison between the Medical Coordinator and the foster as well as between the Behavioral team and the foster to ensure that the foster hounds are receiving appropriate medical care and adequate behavioral support.The Foster Coordinator is a member of the Executive Committee and is obligated to participate in quarterly meetings. The Foster Coordinator must be responsive, reliable and able to check email daily. In addition, the Foster Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the hounds status is updated in our software and must be willing and able to respond to text messages as needed.
  • This job requires approximately 5 hours per week.

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