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VOLUNTEERS DON’T HAVE THE TIME, THEY HAVE THE HEART!
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to join our team. You can help in whatever capacity you can, as much or as little as you can manage, maybe it’s only a few hours a month, or a few hours a day, whatever your schedule, we are happy to have your help. We have not boundary restrictions for many of our openings, you can live in California, Texas, Alaska or Illinois. Many of the roles require just a phone and a computer. Don’t think you can’t help because you live outside our areas we adopt to or foster in.
Below Are Areas We Need Volunteers.
We receive applications almost daily, just for our region and we need help. We need to call references and veterinarians to confirm that the families wanting to adopt our Aussies are the right people, they are of the caliber we would want to take our own dogs if needed. Our Application team is the front lines to finding homes for our Australian Shepherds.
REHOMING AND SHELTER REQUESTS
We need help to evaluate the Australian Shepherds. They could be in a shelter, we would need you to meet the Aussie in that environment, sometimes this can be one of the hardest experience you will do, seeing them scared, shaking, crying, matted and dirty. They could be in a home, the family is moving and can’t take them, they are concerned they are biters, whatever the reason, we need to evaluate them and make sure they will not be a danger to a family to adopt, or the foster home they will be living in until adoption.
We have a strong support network to help with the evaluations, we have online forms you complete that walk you through each step of the evaluation, our behaviorist and even our President is available with just a phone call or text if needed. We care.
We need help with transports; moving an Aussie from one location to another, sometimes we are even there to help other rescues move their dogs as well. All rescues rely on each other to help save our dogs. Sometimes even a cat or two has been known to travel along. A typical transport is normally anywhere from a 30-minute drive to possibly a 2-hour trip. You can write off your mileage on your taxes. We also are looking for transport coordinators, an individual with strong logistics and organizing skills.
We are looking for individuals that can write copy for our website, newsletters, educational material as well as individuals that have a marketing background to create small campaigns for online as well as at events. The marketing team works with our web site team, social media, Lure Course and ASERT as well as helping tweak our message to the public.
We are working hard to create awareness and help others understand the breed, to know that instead of a shelter, there is another hope, a breed rescue, be it for the Australian Shepherd, the Border Collie, or the Pitt Bull. We want to keep them out of harm’s way and away from the last walk.
FUNDRAISING AND GRANTS
We need help behind the scenes to contact companies and getting donations for our events. We also need help at local events all over our region. Several times a year, we host events at larger cities at pet expos and public events as a vendor spreading the word about Aussies and how amazing they are. We are also looking for crafty or artists that want to share/donate their talents by creating items to sell at our events. We are always looking for people to help make square knot tugs for our events that we sell all year long.
We also do our annual Aussipalooza in September each year and need volunteers to organize, staff and follow up with vendors and companies.
For 2018 we are looking to obtain grants to offset costs within the rescue for our heart-worm positive dogs, special surgeries as well as our new program ASERT, a special division of ASRM to help when disaster strikes.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND WEB SITE
Team member for social media We need people to create fun memes for us to post on social media. We are also looking for people to work with our team lead for social media and lend a hand to our Team Leader for social media. We also are looking for person’s adept at web site management, behind the scenes coding and working with our marketing team as well as our SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and PPC (Pay Per Click) team.
ACCOUNTING AND DOCUMENT RETENTION
We are looking for help organizing medical records, adding/updating the Aussies as they come into rescue, as they are managed while in rescue and when adopted. We have expenses we need to keep organized and ready for tax time as well as keeping our records up to date for the State of Illinois and with ASERT for EMA and FEMA records as required.
We are always looking for people to help with some behind the scenes data base work as well as data-mining to improve the rescue and how our funds are managed. If you are good with a computer and have Excel experience as well as dealing with cloud based applications, we can use help!
Australian Shepherd Rescue Midwest also has Lure Coursing from Spring through Fall in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. We are always looking for team members to help us set up and break down the course, run dogs and work an ASRM Booth. If you want to come have fun with your dog and help at the same time, this is the team for you!
ASERT AND INVESTIGATIONS
We are looking for volunteers and leaders for a newly formed program dedicated to Animal Disaster and Emergency Response. We are creating a pilot program in the Central Illinois region and will be expanding to our other regions. Teams will work with Animal Control, Law Enforcement, FEMA, and your county EMA. Training and education provided. If you are willing to travel, we are also looking for volunteers to be dispatched to disaster areas throughout the United States as required. We also are implementing an Animal Investigation team to respond to requests from the public and law enforcement to document animal violations and record and be available for court appearances as needed.
SPECIAL OR UNIQUE TALENT
Do you have a special talent like graphic designing? Photography? Organizing? Grant writing? Or anything you think might make ASRM better please let us know on your application!
If you are interested in becoming a foster home please continue reading here.