Summary: Foster Coordinators are responsible for approving and setting up new foster and foster to adopt homes throughout MN. They will process incoming foster applications in a timely manner and connect them with the applicable Foster Manager, if applicable, once training is complete. This will include daily emails and follow-up phone calls.
The Foster Coordinator will ensure that the new foster has completed all steps of the training and acknowledged all forms needed. The Foster Coordinator will also make sure the new foster has all the information on fostering and knows who to go to with questions.
Time Commitment: About 5 hours per week is expected to be average. The expectation is to work a minimum of two new foster applications per week, or as needed.
- Process new foster applications
- Connect with the foster to go over any questions they may have
- Send welcome email and connect new foster with their Foster Manager, if applicable
- Make sure all steps are completed during the approval process
- Qualifications: Must be 18+ Reliable access to the internet Proficiency using Gmail and Google Drive preferred Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision and direction at times Familiarity with animals, knowledge of animal behavior, and experience working with animal welfare programs is preferred Ability to show compassion and empathize with the foster families Ability to handle stressful or awkward situations that may arise with new fosters Ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast paced environment under sometimes tight deadlines
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.
You Can Help!
Thank you for your interest! We will reach out when there are specific openings available.