Volunteering with GRIN is a great way to meet new people and make a difference!

GRIN’s success is largely due to the heart and soul of our volunteers. We have many volunteer opportunities available.  Below are a few ways you can help.

Application Team

We need people to conduct phone interviews with adoption applicants, and check vet history/references.

Home Visits

Volunteers are needed to conduct on-site home visits for prospective adoptive families to ensure safety and soundness for a GRIN dog’s placement. You will also ask questions, make observations and fill out a Home Visit Checklist.


Do you love to drive? Volunteers are needed to transport dogs from shelters, to trainers or foster homes and to and from vet visits.

Foster Care

Foster homes are critical to our organization in the care and nurturing of newly rescued Goldens. We need fosters who are willing to open their hearts and homes to offer loving support to these wonderful dogs while waiting for that new special family to call their own. Please visit the Foster Process section under the volunteer tab for more information.

Educational Events  

We are looking for people who would like to represent GRIN at Awareness/Visibility events to share our mission, and provide education. These are frequently held at local pet stores, dog shows and the like. For more information on our events throughout the year.

Membership Events

Our members LOVE our annual membership events, i.e., Volunteer Appreciation Event, Bark In The Park, “I Scream” Social and Howl O Ween Party. Be a part of the planning and fun to help organize and/or support the awesome activities on the day of the event!

Golden Gala

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is our annual Golden Gala and this event takes dozens of dedicated people as well as the Gala Committee to lead this effort. Volunteers can assist with the collection of donations and sponsorships, organize events and work behind the scenes and day of the event to ensure that everything runs smoothly for a fun-filled night.  This event is critical to our ability to care for our dogs!


GRIN needs creative, energetic people to assist and implement fundraising ideas throughout the year.

Membership Committee

Join our Membership Committee, which is responsible for the annual membership drive and coordinating all new and renewal GRIN memberships.

Grant Writing

We can always use volunteers to help identify potential corporate and private foundations that offer grants to animal rescues, write grants and help solicit major donors.

Technology and Professional Opportunities

We need computer oriented, reliable volunteers who are willing to work with inputting information to our databases and systems on a regular basis. We also need volunteers who can manipulate photographs for web/media presentation, coordinate/create the GRIN calendar, update forms, and support the technology end of social media.We also have the need for volunteers who are able to provide clerical support, assist with voicemail duties, graphic arts, photography, sewing, dog grooming, public relations, photography and writing. We'd love to have YOUR help in one or all of the areas listed above, and we'd love to know if you have other special talents that you'd like to share with us!

Without the support and generosity of our members and volunteers GRIN simply could not do what we do! If you have a passion for Golden Retrievers and some extra time on your hands, we want to hear from you. You can respond to a specific committee via the website, inquire about volunteer activities at a membership meeting, or click on the Volunteer Coordinator contact us button for additional information.   As always, thank you for your support!

Due to insurance and liability issues, all volunteers must be paid members. To start your membership, please visit our Membership Page.