Event Volunteer Position Description

Ruff Start Rescue

Summary: Event volunteers are an important part of our events team! RSR has events nearly every week that rely on volunteers to make them successful. Responsibilities may include: talking to the public about RSR and answering questions about volunteer opportunities and fostering, setting up an information table with marketing materials, selling merchandise, and running our fundraising ‘prize wheel’ where guests make a donation to spin the wheel and win a prize.

Time Commitment: Events usually occur on weeknights or weekends and are generally 2-3 hours long plus set up/tear down of the event table. You must be able to arrive 15 minutes before the event’s published start time to ensure you have time to set up the table and welcome fosters. 

Location: Varies at various partner vendors like pet supply stores, breweries, restaurants and other community businesses.

  • Event set up/tear down
  • Greet and assist fosters
  • Greet and assist the public, answer questions
  • Sell merchandise
  • Other duties as needed based on type of event
Additional Details
  • Qualifications: Must be 16+ Minors aged 16-17 must have a signed consent form on file and may not volunteer at brewery/winery events Reliable transportation to events Ability to work courteously and cooperatively with all members of RSR and the public Strong interpersonal skills Well organized Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision at times
Who We Are
Ruff Start Rescue is a foster-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit companion animal rescue that primarily serves communities throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as states in the south with severe pet overpopulation. We rescue stray, neglected, abandoned, and surrendered dogs and cats as well as ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other critters. Most of our work is accomplished by a complex network of volunteers, fosters, and supporters, all of whom come together to save thousands of animals each year.
What We Do

Our vision is simple: We strive for a world where every companion animal has a safe and loving home and their family has the knowledge and resources needed to give them the life they deserve.

Because of this, we’ve made it our mission to do whatever we can to make that a reality for animals and their people who are in need every single day. We help animals in a variety of situations, including those surrendered, found stray, humanely trapped, and more.

However, because we don’t have a shelter, we can only take new animals in when we have a vacant foster home willing and able to take the animal in. This commitment sometimes severely limits the number of animals we are able to take in at one time as well as the kind of animals that are eligible to enter our care.

  • 16+
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