Volunteer Opportunites

We've Got Just The Job For You

NOTE: Due to COVID, we regrettably are not recruiting new shelter volunteers at this time, nor are we accepting new Reading Volunteers. However, we are ALWAYS looking for new foster families, especially during COVID!  See below for the foster volunteer application.
We truly thank you for your interest. 

During COVID, youth and students can click HERE for ways to help the animals and/or support our mission.

There are many ways to volunteer at Rescue Village! Please explore the opportunities below and contact Pam Pray, our Volunteer Assistant, at 440.338.4819 extension 49 to get more information. The minimum age to volunteer is 16. Training sessions for volunteer positions to work with the animals will be posted on the website as needed.

For other youth opportunities not listed below, please click here.

Foster Volunteers

Fill The Void Until Our Animals Find A Home

We are always looking for local families who are willing to take in an animal in need while he or she waits to be placed in a permanent home. Our foster volunteers welcome a shelter animal into their home on a temporary basis and provide the care the animal needs to mature, heal, socialize or otherwise prepare for adoption into a permanent home. If you are interested in fostering for Rescue Village, we ask you to learn more about the process and speak to our Human & Animal Services Manager at kzlangford@rescuevillage.org.

Learn More About Fostering

Gardening Club

Keep our grounds looking beautiful!

Calling all gardeners or outdoor enthusiasts! Rescue Village has grown so much over the years that we are in need of a dedicated gardening team to help keep our grounds safe and looking beautiful.

If you are interested or know someone that would be, click here to fill out the Garden Club Application Form. You can also email gardenclub@rescuevillage.org for more information.

Once we get your application, we will contact you to discuss the next steps.

Apply now

Reading Program Volunteers

Dog Tales and Cat Tales

The Rescue Village Reading Program was designed for kids ages 6+ to help our shelter animals become more adoptable and bring comfort to the animals. It reduces the anxiety of the animals, nurtures empathy in children and is a great way for kids to practice their reading skills with a captive listener!

One parent is required to attend the training and must accompany the child every time they come to read. Closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes are required to protect your feet and give better traction when walking through animal areas. New readers will attend one 60 minute orientation and tour. During the orientation they will learn the ins and outs of the shelter and be given a schedule of available reading hours.

Please note that preregistration is required and there is limited space available. There is a $5 fee for the program to help defray the cost of the program. Kids will receive reading incentives and a Rescue Village Reading Program T-shirt.

We ask all interested volunteers to complete the registration form below, as well as contact Rescue Village to schedule a training session by calling 440.338.4819 ext. 49 or e-mailing readingprogram@rescuevillage.org.

Become A Reading Volunteer

Student Service Projects

Many students reach out to Rescue Village to fulfill their volunteer service hours.  While we appreciate that students want to devote their time to Rescue Village, we are often unable to accommodate them onsite due to the large number of local students that contact us. We have instead compiled many ideas for student service projects that can be done offsite in support of Rescue Village.

Get Service Project Ideas

Superhero Sundays

This new volunteer opportunity allows the youth of our community (and adults) to come in the first Sunday of every month from 1:30-3:30 PM to help with various projects and tasks! No registration is necessary and there is no fee but donations for supplies are always welcome!


The purpose of this program is to better serve our community of people who want to volunteer but can’t make a long term commitment, target the youth volunteers that our current opportunities or education programs cannot accommodate, and allow for a more open, easy way for people to volunteer and help the animals of Rescue Village.

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Special Events Volunteer

we need help with people too

Rescue Village holds major fundraising events each year. The professionalism of these events and their fundraising success comes from volunteer committees who devote hundreds of hours, raising over $305,000 for the animals every year. As an event committee volunteer, you can help in many different ways, from planning logistics to securing auction items and much more.

Volunteers also participate in a variety of other ways for our events such as staffing information tables at fairs and public events, walking in parades, assisting with outreach programs and numerous other activities throughout the year. Some of these volunteer positions require knowledge of Rescue Village, its mission and its programs. To become a Special Events volunteer, send an e-mail to volunteer@rescuevillage.org.

Become a Woofstock Volunteer

Become a rock star at one of our biggest events

We are looking for volunteers who are 18 years and older to assist with vendors, outreach, distribution, registration and fundraising at Woofstock, one of our largest fundraising events. This event is one of the biggest outdoor Northeast Ohio fundraising events for dogs and their people and is critical to supporting the mission of Rescue Village. For more information on volunteering for Woofstock, send an e-mail to volunteer@rescuevillage.org.

Learn More About Woofstock

Group Volunteer Opportunites

Bring the whole team

We are more than happy to accommodate groups of volunteers to Rescue Village. However we ask that you contact us in advance to schedule your service day or project. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at 440.338.4819 ext. 18.