Thank you for your interest in volunteering at MSRH. We are always in need of kind-hearted people willing to lend their time, talents and/or treasures: Foster Families, Transportation, Groomers, Home Visits, Meet & Greet Event Coordinators & Participants, Administration & Paperwork and, of course, Monetary Donations. If you can help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . To help us help you, please begin by completing the information in the form below. An outline of activities where we can use your help can be found beneath the form (be sure to hit ‘submit’ before leaving this page)!
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Our most important group of volunteers is our Foster Families. These are single or multi-person homes – pet owners or not – that are willing to share their home until our ‘children’ can be adopted. Foster families provide care and companionship while the dogs are with them. This includes food, water, grooming and trips to the veterinarian. As many of our dogs are heartworm positive and must go through treatment before being adopted, we’ve developed a program with certain veterinarians so that vet expenses can be covered by MSRH. Most foster families provide food for the dogs but in certain cases, particularly those involving special diets, MSRH can cover the expense. All expenses not reimbursed are tax deductible. We need long-term fosters as well as short-term fosters. The latter are those interested in fostering when our long-term fosters need a vacation or otherwise are unable to foster for a short period of time. If you are interested in Fostering (short term or long term) you must also complete a Foster Agreement Form. You can click the form directly from the left hand menu of any website page (middle section) or click this link: Foster Agreement Form
Our Groomers are primarily MSRH members who have honed their schnauzer cutting skills over the years. If you are a Groomer, or just know how to groom schnauzers, we can always use your volunteer or low-cost services to help offset expenses for our Foster Families. With retail grooming costing between $35 to $60 per dog, and considering the need for grooming every six weeks, it’s easy to see how this expense can quickly add up. This is money that could be used for vet bills for the next rescued dog.
Our Transportation volunteers use their own vehicles to move dogs from the shelters to veterinarians and from there to the foster homes. Though we primarily focus our efforts in the greater Houston area, it is not uncommon for us to get requests to rescue dogs from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont and Louisiana. With some of our adopters coming from out-of-state, our transportation needs continue to grow!
The Home Visit volunteers travel to potential adopter homes to conduct a home survey. This survey helps ensure that the new home is dog safe both inside and out. The team evaluates basic items like fence type and height, pool safety and plant safety. It is certainly not a team looking for “dust bunnies”. Since adoption applications come from all over southeast, north and central Texas, as well as Louisiana on occasion, we always need more volunteers to serve in this capacity.
One of our key activities is “Meet & Greet” events. This is how MSRH is made known in communities and gives potential adopters a chance to see some of our dogs who are looking for homes. We need people to help chair / coordinate these events and also need people to simply attend the event and share their knowledge & experience of the MSRH organization.
Last, but certainly not least, we can always use your Monetary or Other Donations. Your donations keep MSRH up and running. Even relatively small donations can help. When your donation is combined with donations from your friends and family, the value of the gift is magnified. Please see the link “Donate!” for more information on how to make monetary gifts. Donations of food and supplies are accepted also. Every little bit helps! MSRH is an all-volunteer, 501c3 charitable organization. Every penny you donate goes to help rescue Miniature Schnauzers. Your donation is also tax deductible!
If you are interested in serving in any of these capacities, please complete the form above! You can always contact us at email@example.com. Thank You!!