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Volunteer Interest

You can make a difference! There are a variety of ways that individual volunteers contribute to our mission to rescue and provide safe and responsible care for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. No experience is required, we provide training and mentoring for all new volunteers.

Indicate your interest in volunteering in just three easy steps: 1) Select the one or two activities that most interest you, 2) tell us how to contact you, and 3 tell us what brought you to contact IAR.

Please be aware that Independent Animal Rescue is an organization of volunteers, located primarily in the Durham/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Due to the nature of our organization, we can only consider volunteers within the surrounding area. Thank you for your interest!

Step 1. Read the list of volunteer activities below, and select the one or two activities that most interest you. You can check out our most urgent volunteer needs here.

Cat and Dog Foster Parents provide temporary housing for homeless pets until permanent, loving homes can be found. IAR pays for the costs associated with veterinary care of our foster pets, and our foster parents provide the love!

Animal Support volunteers transport and handle dogs or cats at adoption events, clean cages and visit kitties at PETCO or Petsmart, and provide general support to our foster parents.

Feral Cat Caregivers improve the lives of unowned cats in our community by providing spay/neuter and vaccination. Our care of neutered feral cats allows them to live out their lives without contributing to the pet overpopulation crisis.

Adoption Screeners review adoption applications that have been submitted by interested adopters.

Animal Transport volunteers provide assistance transporting animals to veterinary appointments on occasional mornings, evenings, or both.

Fundraisers plan short-term (e.g., bake sales) and long-term events (e.g., Painted Chair Auction, Have-A-Heart Wine Tasting) and we are always looking for fresh ideas. In addition, some fundraisers write grants to fund specific projects.

Public Relations volunteers generate and maintain media contacts, write press releases, promote events, and attend community events to promote IAR.

Graphic Design volunteers take photographs and design printed materials to advertise special events and ongoing efforts to find homes for our animals.

Web and Database Admin volunteers manage IAR database functions, create, organize and update web pages, and post animal photos and descriptions.

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Did You Know: Proverb: The cat loves fish but does not wish to wet its feet.
Independent Animal Rescue
Post Office Box 14232, Durham, NC 27709-4232