Become a Volunteer

We are always in need of volunteers. Our team of dedicated volunteers helps with washing dogs, yard work, cleaning kennels, dog transport, events, fundraising, grant writing and more. See the entire list on our volunteer application.

Volunteer Application

Complete Volunteer Application Form


Does your company offer matching funds for charitable donations?
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What is your preferred method of communication? *
FacebookPhone CallEmailText

How much time do you have available to volunteer for HOH?

What days are you available to volunteer? *
Weekdays - DaysPhone CallEmailText

I am interested in volunteering for: *
Community Service Credit HoursCourt Ordered Community ServicePersonal Commitment to Saving Animals

*House of Hope has many opportunities for qualified volunteers, and we want to match you with an opportunity that meets your availability. We have broken our volunteer needs into 2 categories below - Project Based and Ongoing Needs. A Project Based opportunity would require assistance once or twice a year around specific event(s), whereas Ongoing Needs would require weekly or monthly availability. With that in mind, please consider your interest and availability when selecting from the categories below.

If you are interested in Project Based volunteering, please select which option(s) below interest you
Facility ImprovementsPaws in the Park Annual FundraiserCommunity & Adoption EventsAdditional Fundraisers - TBDAnimal Transport - Interstate, As NeededOther

If you are interested in Ongoing Needs volunteering, please select which option(s) below interest you
Dog & Kennel Care (Walking & bathing dogs, cleaning kennels and outdoor runs)Fostering (average dog is in foster for 2 weeks)Adoption Coordinator (interview adopters, coordinate home visits, vet checks, paperwork)Volunteer Coordinator (interview volunteers, reference checks, match with HOH need and interest)Fundraising and Event Planning (procure donation items, business sponsors, event logistics)Grant Writing (find and apply for applicable grants)Data Entry (vet records, adoption data, donor data, mail and email list updates)Media (FaceBook, Instagram, Emails, Petfinder and Web postings)Other

Help us match experience to our volunteer needs by answering a few questions about your experience with animals.

Do you currently have pets? *

If you have animals currently living with you, are you involved in their care?

*I am requesting a volunteer position at House of Hope Animal Rescue.

I agree to not hold any director, employee, board member, volunteer, or any individual personally or otherwise responsible in the event that I sustain personal, financial, emotional, or property loss/damage while serving the organization.

I agree to follow the supervision of all persons involved in volunteer management. I understand that as a volunteer, I am an important representative of House of Hope Animal Rescue and must do my best to represent the organization in a manner that is consistent with its guidelines and philosophies.

I understand that a background check may be performed for the safety of the animals and the organization to confirm I do not have a violent criminal history.

I have read and understand the volunteer release and agree to adhere to it in its entirety.

If you prefer to print and mail, please send to:
House of Hope Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 430, North East, MD 21901

It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for House of Hope Animal Rescue!



Become a Foster

When you foster, you bring one of our dogs to your home to care for as you would your own. We provide a crate and food and pay for all medical expenses. You provide a loving home until the dog finds their forever home. You’ll help us to showcase your foster by providing insight to their personalities and behavior in a home environment and photos of them to share with potential adopters that we can share on our website, Facebook and adoption sites like Petfinder. Your efforts help House of Hope make successful matches with our dogs and the best possible forever home we can find for them. These are wonderful family dogs that have no home through no fault of their own. Without fosters, we can’t save lives.

Think of how good you would feel seeing your foster dog getting placed in their forever home, knowing that you made that happen! Because of you, that dog got the second chance they deserved.

Hear what our current fosters have to say:

So many people say, “I just couldn’t foster. I would keep them all,” or “How can you let them go? Don’t you get attached?”

The alternative is that a dog is killed because no one stepped up. Nearly 8 million shelter animals are senselessly murdered every year. They are dying because they have nowhere to go. Their only crime is that they got a bad human. I feel like I can justify “letting one go” for this reason and I am hoping you will be able to as well.

When I started out fostering I shed plenty of tears—I still do—but we made a difference to that lonely dog and that loving family. At the end of the day that is what really matters, isn’t it? Here is your chance to make that difference. I promise you, you will never regret it.

When people ask me how I can let them all go, I tell them I look at it like I’m dog sitting. They’re with me for a short period of time, and I give them love and attention and care for them, but when their adopters come for them, and we take that Gotcha Day photo, I know I’ve done right by them, and now I have room for the next one.

Foster Application

Complete Foster Application Form


Does anyone in your household have allergies to animals? *

Do you: *

Is your yard fenced? *

Are all of your windows completely screened? *

I understand that I must not under any circumstances allow the dog on a terrace, balcony, deck or outside unattended. *
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Do you currently have pets? *

*By submitting this application electronically, I acknowledge that I have completely read this questionnaire and comprehend it fully. I also certify that the above is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I also understand that the above information will be verified.

I also certifying that I have never been convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment.



Questions or Comments? 

If you have any additional comments, please contact us today and a member of our team will be with you in the next few days.