Vetting Transport Helper

Ruff Start Rescue


As a vetting transport helper, you will be responsible for attending animal transports (typically dogs) located at the office in Princeton or other locations as necessary (determined based on where animals originate from).  At the transport, you will be responsible for ensuring that the animals coming into the rescue are examined, perform any needed services, and the proper documentation is recorded.  This may include vaccines, microchipping, heartworm tests, nail trims, deworming, flea/tick preventative application, administering heartworm medication, or other treatments as indicated. The role of the vetting transport helper will provide support for the Vetting Transport Lead in all the indicated tasks. 

Time Commitment:
3-4 hours during transport and an additional 3-4 hours in preparation and review/uploading animal records. You must attend at least 2 transports per month, typically on a Saturday or Friday

Onsite and remote


●Assessing sending shelter records for what is needed on day of transport
  • Completing the RSR intake records
  • Performing a PE on the intake animals
  • Providing any vaccines (non rabies) that are needed that day
  • Collecting blood for a heartworm test if needed
  • Applying flea/tick preventatives if needed
  • Administering heartworm medication if needed
  • Making recommendations for a vet visit when needed
  • Cleaning ears, performing skin scrapes, nail trimming
  • Scanning in and uploading animal records when transport is completed.

Additional Details
  • Qualifications: Must be able to access emails on the day of transport and within 24 hours of the transport to watch for updates on the arrival time or other essential info regarding the transport Ability to work courteously and cooperatively with all members of RSR Ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast paced environment under sometimes tight deadlines Strong written and oral communication skills Well organized Familiarity with animals, knowledge of animal behavior, and experience working with animal welfare programs is preferred
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.

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