As with most nonprofit animal welfare organizations that save lives, volunteerism is vital to our success. Greyhound Friends welcomes volunteers whether or not they have brought a greyhound into their home. All that is required is a love of animals and a willingness to work.

Volunteering at the Kennel

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the kennel for individuals at least 16 years old (at least 13 years old if accompanied by an actively volunteering parent or guardian). Turnout duties allow volunteers new to greyhounds to get familiar with the breed or provide additional contact for folks who love greyhounds and can’t get enough of them.

Volunteer teams cover evening shifts, beginning at 5:30 until all our guests have been turned out, usually an hour and a half to two hours. Weekend shifts begin at 7:30 in the morning and run for approximately three hours each. With five weeknight and eight weekend volunteer shifts, there is definitely a place for everyone! For more information or to get involved, please contact our Kennel Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Barbour, at [email protected].

First-time volunteers are required to complete and sign our Volunteer Information and Waiver form and agree to our Volunteer Code of Conduct. Please take a few minutes to watch the training video below and read through our Kennel Volunteer Procedures for additional information about kennel turnout.

Once you have spent some time with the greyhounds and at the kennel, you can train to become an Adoption Counselor. These volunteers work with potential adopters to determine if a greyhound is the right fit for their family and lifestyle, complete the application paperwork, and select the right dog once both counselor and adopter are comfortable with the decision to adopt. Adoption Counselors generally work on Saturday or Sunday, since most adoption traffic occurs on those days. You can learn more about specific duties in our Adoption Counselor Procedures.

Other Ways to Help

If a regular shift at the kennel is not what you are looking for, other opportunities for greyhound savvy volunteers include “meet and greets” at various locations, special events and fundraising activities. These opportunities vary in frequency and provide more flexibility for busy lifestyles. Some opportunities are great for those who want to help our group but who aren’t as experienced with the breed.

Meet and Greet Opportunities

Does your greyhound love new people and environments, getting extra pats and hugs, and lots of activity? If so, let us invite you to volunteer for Greyhound Friends’ meet and greets held throughout the year. These opportunities are in a variety of venues and numerous times during the year so you can find a few that suit your schedule without having to make a long-term volunteer commitment. It’s a wonderful way to introduce and educate the public on the joys of owning a retired racing greyhound. If your pup is not the meet and greet “type,” but you can’t say enough about how owning one of these special pets has enriched your life, please come without your pup! We sometimes take our kennel guests to meet potential adopters depending on the event and necessary safety precautions, so that might be an option for you as well. Visit our Events Calendar for a current schedule or contact Linda Landry at [email protected] for more information. We would love to have you join us!

Special Event Opportunities

Another type of volunteer opportunity available at Greyhound Friends is helping out with our periodic special events. We put on a number of these events each year, both at the kennel and offsite. Planning, communication, setup, hosting and takedown are required for each event and volunteers are critical to successful events.

Mountain Hounds

For more than a decade, we’ve held our Mountain Hounds great greyhound gathering in Gatlinburg Tennessee. This three day FUN-draising event requires legions of volunteers both before, during and after the event. Is your specialty finding items for our silent auction? Or, would you like to help prepare materials for the event? Can you help us load our truck before the event? Numerous opportunities exist, so please consider helping with this great event. Some of the opportunities for this event take place in Charlotte NC. Be sure to visit the Mountain Hounds website and Facebook page to learn more.

Other events during the year might include a Spa Day where we offer to trim nails, bathe and pamper greyhound visitors as a fundraiser or a kennel-sponsored “drop-in” where guests can browse our merchandise for sale, have photos made of their pups and enjoy snacks. These events are often held to coincide with holidays, such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Please keep a close eye on our Events Calendar and Facebook pages for these opportunities throughout the year. All these events are a great way to get involved and support our cause!

Fundraising and Communications Opportunities

Our team is looking for dedicated volunteers with experience, ideas, and interest in donor development, corporate sponsorships, fundraiser event planning or advertising. If you have experience with grants (formal or informal) we’d love to talk to you as well.

Our website is often the first impression the public has to our group. We are always looking for folks to help us keep content fresh and suggest new ways to improve our site. Experience with WooCommerce or similar ecommerce tools would be especially useful. Please contact Malay Shah at [email protected] if you can help.

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