Our People

Volunteering Benefits

Volunteers provide much-needed support for our organization. From cleaning to managing administrative tasks to assisting with marketing projects — there is no shortage of service opportunities at MCR.

Some volunteers provide exercise, social time, enrichment, and training for our dogs. It is a rewarding and fulfilling experience that means the world to every dog and human at MCR. Volunteers who wish to interact directly with the dogs may opt in to additional training that covers a wide array of canine behavior topics. There is room for growth and advancement if you’d like to deepen your understanding of dogs.

Volunteer Opportunities

MCR offers a variety of service options in the following areas:

  • Kennel Maintenance
  • Dog Handling
  • Fostering
  • Adoption Counseling
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Dog Care Committee
  • Board of Directors

Become a Volunteer

Please be advised, we are launching another Volunteer Cohort beginning in July. This is a volunteer training program for our dog handler position. During this summer, we will not be training dog handler volunteers outside of the program, but we are still accepting new volunteers as kennel attendants and for administrative work. Dog handler positions will reopen after the cohort has completed this fall.

Information about becoming a volunteer/foster:

  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Volunteers must complete 1 shift per week.
  • On-site volunteers must be able to stand, sit, walk, stoop, lift, squat, bend, and twist. They must be able to lift 40 lbs unassisted or up to 80 lbs assisted.

If you do not meet these requirements, we would still welcome your help with remote tasks.

If you do meet these requirements, then the first step to becoming a volunteer is to complete New Volunteer Orientation. CLICK HERE to view the slideshow at your convenience.

At the end of Orientation, you will be able to submit an application to become a volunteer and/or foster. A staff member will then contact you via email with more information.

Together, We Save Lives

I have been a volunteer with Meridian Canine Rescue for over two years and the impact that this organization has had on my life is tremendous. The sense of community between the staff and volunteers along with the bond that every person has with the dogs truly speaks to the type of organization Meridian Canine Rescue is.

Volunteering with Meridian Canine Rescue has encouraged me to do more for my community along with expanding my knowledge of the shelter system. I love being with the dogs and people, knowing that my actions are doing good for the community.
Volunteer since November 2017