Volunteer Openings

RAGOM needs many types of volunteers to fulfill the mission of RAGOM, some of these roles can be done from anywhere! Listed below are openings and their responsibilities. If you have any questions email [email protected].

RAGOM Volunteer
Volunteer at RAGOM

Team: Foster
Remote Role: No

RAGOM is always in need of foster families—our ability to take in dogs is limited by the availability of foster homes. To learn more about this important and rewarding volunteer opportunity, review our Foster Care page.

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Intake
Remote Role: Yes

Coordinate the transport of our foster dogs from their surrendering owners or from shelters to their new foster homes, as well as between foster homes. For detailed information and Transport FAQs, visit the Transport Volunteer page.

Qualifications

  • Understanding of how the transport process works
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with maps and routing
  • Access to email throughout the day

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Adoption
Remote Role: No

Interview prospective adoptive families in their homes and provide education as needed. Volunteers must be accompanied by a spayed/neutered dog that is comfortable meeting new people. Home visit interviews generally take 1 – 2 hours plus drive time. Volunteers should expect to spend another 1 – 2 hours writing a detailed report and entering it into the RAGOM database within 48 hours of the home visit.

Training will be provided. Time commitment: 3 – 5 hours per home visit, at your convenience. For detailed information and Home Visit FAQs, visit the Home Visit Volunteer page.

Qualifications

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Competent computer skills
  • Observant, detail-oriented, and thorough
  • Friendly, engaging, and welcoming personality
  • Comfortable discussing potential issues that arise
  • Ability to remain objective and open

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Volunteers
Remote Role: No

If you like helping plan events, this may be the position for you. The Volunteer Manager is looking for help in planning and putting on volunteer appreciation events. She especially needs a person in Iowa and one in the Sioux Falls or Fargo area.

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Events
Remote Role: No

Event Coordinators plan, schedule, and conduct public events for a specific geographic area to increase awareness of RAGOM and its mission, as well as recruit volunteers, donors, and adopters. Public events are held at established and new locations including Petco and Chuck & Don’s. Time commitment: approximately 3 – 4 hours per event.

Responsibilities

  • Manage local events.
  • Partner with pet stores and other businesses to schedule and coordinate public events.
  • Ensure proper volunteer staffing for each event.
  • Ensure materials are consistent, reflect the RAGOM brand, and tell the RAGOM story.
  • Ensure all donations or calendar sales collected at events are properly sent into RAGOM.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills
  • An understanding of the RAGOM organization and processes

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Volunteers
Remote Role: Yes

While it does not happen often, sometimes a RAGOM foster dog or adopted dog goes missing. When this happens, it is imperative to have a team ready to help bring the dog home.

For every lost RAGOM dog, our own Lost Dog team oversees raising awareness and leading the search. We need Lost Dog volunteers to help focus on creating awareness of the lost dog. Time Commitment: minimal until a dog is lost, and then it could be intensive.

Responsibilities

  • Create Lost Dog flyer
  • Post flyer on social media and at local businesses
  • Maintain a map to include postings of sign locations, flyering, and dog sightings
  • Monitor Lost Dog Facebook Message for news of lost dogs

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Volunteers
Remote Role: Yes

These volunteers assist in major fundraisers, such as Goldzilla and our annual Walk for Rescue, to line up sponsors, auction items, and prizes. We also need volunteers to contact individuals and companies for donations and sponsorships. As we grow and establish new fundraising efforts, we need people to organize and manage these major events.

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Volunteers
Remote Role: Yes

RAGOM grant writing volunteers help identify potential corporate and private grant makers, write grants, and help solicit major donors.

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Volunteers
Remote Role: No

Volunteer support team members welcome our new volunteers and familiarize them with RAGOM, our mission, and our policies. The team also plans and implements events dedicated to volunteer appreciation with the goal of maintaining a happy and cohesive volunteer culture.

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Team: Intake
Remote Role: No

Some RAGOM dogs are housed temporarily in boarding facilities until we find an appropriate foster home. We need volunteers with basic obedience knowledge to visit these dogs to help exercise and train them and to ensure good socialization skills.

The location of these dogs may vary but our standard boarding facility is in Blaine.

Interested? Please complete a Volunteer Application or email [email protected] for more information.

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Denise A.

Denise A. joined RAGOM in May 2010 as a foster and has also served on the hotline team, as intake director, boarding coordinator, and a foster mentor. She currently volunteers on the behavioral services, home visit, and transport teams.

Cindy G.

Cindy G. joined RAGOM in 2009 after adopting a RAGOM puppy born in 2008. Cindy leads the Goldzilla planning team, manages The RAGOM Shop and warehouse, fosters, and takes great photos of RAGOM dogs at various events, large intakes, and play dates with former foster dogs and friends.

Tracy B.

Tracy B. has been a RAGOM volunteer since 2005 and is currently the Adoption Manager. She has also served as transport driver, transport coordinator, home visit volunteer, foster, and Post Adoption Team Lead. Tracy began volunteering after the death of her mother, who had become an animal advocate late in life. Tracy then lost her beloved Golden to cancer.

Annie K.

Annie K. began volunteering as a RAGOM foster in January 2016. She joined the Intake team that summer and also helps to find foster homes for special intake efforts such as Turkish Goldens and auction dogs.

Volunteer Opportunities At RAGOM