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If you have asked yourself what you could do to help cocker rescue, why not be a CSRA volunteer? We always welcome volunteers who can foster, transport and do home visits. These are important and necessary tasks needed by any rescue group. But there are many other ways you can help as well. Let’s explore some of the many ways CSRA volunteers can contribute.
This is a task for someone who has space in their home and family to bring in an cocker on a temporary basis. Some of our cockers need to learn social skills and house manners. Others need to learn what love is, that food is plentiful, and that humans are caring. The foster family is involved in the placement of the cocker. CSRA pays for any veterinary care and training needed. Fostering can be very rewarding and thosewho do it usually want to do it again. You can make a difference, one cute dog at a time! For more information on fostering with CSRA, read Foster Home Program.
Because of the large area we cover, we depend on volunteers to help transport our cockers. CSRA not only has volunteers willing to drive, we also have volunteers who fly cockers using private airplanes. CSRA’s Transportation Coordinator handles all of the arrangements for long distance transports. All you need to do is let us know you would like to be on our transport list as a possible contact for any transports coming through your area. For answers to questions you may have about transporting, go to Transport a Cocker.
CSRA screens each of our applicants as part of the approval process before we place an cocker with them. We check vet and personal references. We also visit them at their home. Many of these applicants are spread throughout our area and we rely on volunteers to do the home visits. CSRA provides a checklist that outlines the questions to ask and what we are looking for. If you would like more information about doing home visits go to Home Visits.
CSRA has several committees set up for our main fundraisers and events in addition to several other smaller tasks. A brief description of each committee can be found on the Join a Committee page.
Many people we talk to do not have the time to volunteer in one of the ways listed above. If you are one of these people, you can still help in countless other ways. Use your imagination and do something that might not take much time or effort, yet it would make a difference. The cockers are counting on us!
Our volunteers are ambassadors for us when it comes to getting the word out about CSRA, so we give each volunteer a packet to help them do just that. Each packet contains a window sticker for volunteer vehicles sporting the words “Ask me about Cocker Rescue” and an “Cocker Angel” volunteer pin, along with a few business cards, CSRA pamphlets, and “Wanted” posters.
If you would like to join the CSRA family of volunteers, just send us an e-mail. Be sure to include your name, address, phone and e-mail and let us know how you can help.