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Foster Coordinator

Time Commitment

  • 3-10 hours per week.

  • Due to the nature of this role, the preferred candidate is someone who can commit to volunteering with Hopeful Tails Dog Rescue on a long-term basis. If you are interested in applying, submit your application!

* Please note the time commitment for this role will vary depending on how many dogs we have in our care.



  • Oversee the timely placement of animals into foster care and support Foster families.

  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit new Fosters into the organization

  • Contact potential Fosters to discuss their needs and answer any questions they may have once an application has been received.

  • Ensure potential Fosters complete all paperwork and forward it to the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Arrange for references to be conducted through the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Review the references then set up a home visit through the Volunteer Coordinator.

  • Review the home visit results to ensure that the home is safe and determine if the applicant is successful.

  • Provide training/mentoring and orientation materials/manual to ensure fosters are comfortable and set up for success.

  • Reach out to Foster when a dog has been matched to them.

  • Arrange dog pick up/drop off time with Foster and arrange transport if required through the Transportation Coordinator and ensure that all necessities (food, collar, crate, medical supplies) are dropped off.

  • Continue to provide support to the Foster ensuring compliance with rescue practices and help in the transition to an Adoption Coordinator.

  • Maintain contact with rescue Fosters regularly to ensure their satisfaction and work to improve their experience.

  • Arrange training sessions and provide rescue news and general dog welfare information.

  • Provide suggestions on/create policies, processes, training programs, and orientation materials/manual to improve the functioning of the rescue.

  • Maintain and update all paperwork and reports while ensuring the confidentiality of all records.

  • Provide support to the rescue by participating in fundraising events, adoption events, transporting supplies/dogs, etc.

  • Attend virtual meetings (as required).

  • Assist Foster to resolve emergency situations (as required).

  • Be available by cell phone to answer questions/deal with emergencies (as required).

Required Skills

  • ​Passion for dogs/animal rescue.

  • Good knowledge of dog behaviour, training, and veterinary care.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills and detail-oriented.

  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.

  • Willingness to work as part of a team.

  • Computer skills such as email, social media, online databases, Word, etc.

If you're interested in this role, please fill out the application below - we can't wait to hear from you!

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