How to Get Involved
Getting involved is rewarding for you, a contribution to the community, and can benefit animals in so many ways. Connect through social clubs, committees, and volunteer organizations. Below are some of the ways that you can get out and share your energy and love of animals.
Ways to Volunteer
Help Fences for Fido unchain one dog at a time by participating in a fence build. Great fun, social and you may learn a new skill or two.
They provide Guide Dogs to the visually impaired at no cost to the recipient. They recruit Puppy Raisers, Campus Volunteers, Speakers and more.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Pair up with your pet to offer companionship and comfort in a variety of settings.
The program helps children develop their reading skills by offering them a relaxed, non-judgmental environment in which to practice reading aloud.
This organization has numerous ways for you to volunteer to help improve the living conditions and adoptability of shelter animals.
Check their website calendar to see how you can participate on any given day that you happen to be free. Their volunteer opportunities include a wide range of activities across many organizations – including of course animal rescue.
Nearly all of the shelter and rescue organizations listed on our Adoption/Rescue link welcome volunteer assistance. Check their sites for details. Ways that you can contribute may include:
- Animal care and socialization
- Dog walking
- Fostering animals in your home
- Shelter assistance – clean kennels, dishwashing, etc
- Assist with public outreach/adoptions
- Office help – mailings and other needs
- Volunteer at events such as the Pug Crawl or Doggy Dash
- Education/public speaking
- Serve on a committee or board
Dog Park Organizations
These groups could use your support to promote awareness and acceptance and to increase the availability for safe off leash areas for dogs in our community.
- DOGPAW (Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington)
DOGPAW is a non-profit organization that works with dog owners and the community at large to promote awareness and acceptance and to increase the availability for safe off leash areas for dogs in Clark County, WA.
- Hillsboro Dog Association
Whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of dogs and their owners through support of dog parks in the Hillsboro community.
- Portland Parks and Recreation – Off Leash Advisory Group
Portland Parks and Recreation holds regular Off-Leash Advisory Committee (OLAC) meetings which are open to the public.
- Washington County Dog Parks – Hazeldale Off Leash Park Committee
A volunteer community organization for planning, establishment, construction, maintenance of Dog Parks in Washington County, Oregon
Clubs & Social Groups
Looking for More Ideas?
The ASPCA offers …Top Ways to Help Animals in your Community.