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Volunteer opportunities

Please see our current volunteer opportunities below and complete our volunteer application found here if you would like to get involved!

General Volunteer Opportunities

Transport volunteers are responsible for safely moving Red Paw animals between foster care, vet appointments and reunions. Opportunities exist through Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties and some parts in South Jersey.

Events volunteers attend events to promote the organization, share Red Paw and emergency preparedness information, recruit volunteers, sell merchandise, and collect donations. Events volunteers can be promoted to Event Leads who are responsible for the overall image of Red Paw at the event. They have attended multiple events, comfortable talking about Red Paw to potential volunteers and donors, and can show new volunteers the ropes.

Street Team volunteers work in collaboration with the Philadelphia Fire Department and American Red Cross to conduct fire safety walkthroughs in neighborhoods that have high disaster incident rates. Volunteers walk alongside Red Cross volunteers and Fire Dept members distributing pet and fire safety information, smoke detector batteries while the PFD install smoke detectors. This is a great opportunity for small groups of volunteers from businesses or community groups looking to get involved.

Dog Mates spend at least 30 minutes per visit, walking, playing with and keeping company with the Red Paw dogs in boarding situations, and will teach or practice basic commands and manners. Dogs that are not placed in foster care are boarded at partner facilities throughout the PA/NJ area. This volunteer opportunity may happen once a month or so, as the majority of our dogs are placed in foster care.

Fostering for Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is a unique experience, and different than fostering for other organizations. Our animals are people’s pets, they are owned and loved and need a temporary foster home until their owners can recover from their home disaster. Red Paw’s goal is to reunite people and their pets. We are in need of fosters for dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, birds or any other household pet. Specialty Fostering is an opportunity for volunteers with experience in veterinary medicine. After Red Paw provides emergency medical care to Red Paw animals and they are discharged, we need short term specialty fostering for the animals who need some extra monitoring before settling into a normal Red Paw foster care home. If you are interested in fostering for Red Paw, please complete our foster application here and check our Foster Process and FAQs.

Emergency Services Volunteer Opportunities  

Red Paw is an emergency services organization that provides emergency assistance including search & rescue, emergency transport, shelter, and veterinary care to animals involved in fires and other residential disasters. Our Emergency Services volunteer opportunities are divided into three roles; Emergency Response, Emergency Transport and Emergency Client Services. Read the details below and be sure to select the volunteer role you’re interested in and qualified to participate in on your volunteer application. Thank you!

Emergency Response

Duties Include

  • Respond to the scene of the disaster in a timely manner with necessary supplies
  • Stay in contact with Red Paw dispatch
  • Speak to emergency personnel on scene
  • Understand and follow chain of command at a disaster scene
  • Lead search & rescue efforts
  • Evaluate and provide emergency medical care to injured pets on scene (e.g. oxygen)
  • Perform Emergency Transport and Client Services positions as needed

Skills Needed

  • Stress Management: Properly handle the stress during an emergency while at the disaster scene.
  • Animal Handling: Animals may have elevated stress levels due to the disaster.
  • Communication: Effectively communicate to various partner agencies at the disaster scene.
  • Professionalism: Represent Red Paw Emergency Relief Team professionally while driving and on scene. 

Requirements

  • FF1, IS-100.B, IS-200.B, IS-700.A, IS-800.B OR background in Emergency Response. For example, some current Red Paw Responders have experience with the Philadelphia Fire Department, volunteer Fire Departments, The National Guard and Animal Control.
  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle
  • Smart phone
  • Red Paw gear

Emergency Client Services 

Duties Include

  • Respond to the scene of the disaster in a timely manner with necessary supplies
  • Stay in contact with Red Paw dispatch
  • Understand and follow chain of command at a disaster scene
  • Interview, complete paperwork and explain Red Paw services to clients
  • Perform Emergency Transport position as needed 

Skills Needed

  • Stress Management: Properly handle the stress during an emergency while at the disaster scene
  • Communication: Effectively listen and communicate with Red Paw lead, other emergency personnel, and Red Paw clients. Explain Red Paw’s mission and services provided to clients.
  • Detail Oriented: Collect all necessary information from Red Paw clients, complete Red Paw response paperwork correctly
  • Professionalism: Represent Red Paw Emergency Relief Team professionally while driving, on scene, and speaking with clients.
  • Consideration: Understand the severity of the situation when working with Red Paw clients and show compassion. 

Requirements

  • IS-100.B, IS-200.B, IS-700.A, IS-800.B
  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle
  • Maintain proper insurance, registration and maintenance on vehicle
  • Smart phone
  • Red Paw gear
  • General understanding of Spanish is helpful

Emergency Transport 

Duties Include

  • Respond to the scene of the disaster in a timely manner with necessary supplies
  • Stay in contact with Red Paw dispatch
  • Receive animal under direction of Red Paw lead at scene
  • Understand and follow chain of command at a disaster scene
  • Transport animal(s) safely to in-take facility or emergency vet

Skills Needed

  • Stress Management: Properly handle the stress during an emergency while at the disaster scene.
  • Animal Handling: Animals may have elevated stress levels due to the disaster. Provide oxygen to animal while being transported to Emergency Vet.
  • Communication: Effectively listen and communicate with Red Paw lead, comprehend information given on scene and relay to medical professionals at drop off location.
  • Professionalism: Represent Red Paw Emergency Relief Team professionally while driving and on scene.

 Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and own vehicle
  • Maintain proper insurance, registration and maintenance on vehicle
  • Smart phone
  • Red Paw gear

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