Be a Volunteer

How You Help

Compassion & Care

The passion of our volunteers is at the center of all our work. Whether you're helping out with an event, helping walk dogs, or contributing to a community program, at the end of the day you're making an impact in the lives of vulnerable animals who need a hand.

To become a volunteer, please review the opportunities below, then submit an application. If you have questions or would like more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator (click here to reach out).

Possible Opportunities

Be Part of Our Work

Volunteers play a role in every phase of our operation, and play an integral role in supporting the pets in our care. Your passion increases our impact, sparks success, and helps us save more lives.

Help at Our Intake Facility

Fetching Tails operates a small intake facility located in Wood Dale, IL. We hold up to seven dogs at our facility, and we are there to care for dogs throughout the day.


Volunteers play an important role in keeping our dogs active and out of their cages., and help[ing them manage their activity with enrichment toys, walks, and playtime in our indoor park. We also have a field trip program, where we encourage our volunteers to take our dogs out of our facility, and on different adventures.

Animal Transportation

We always need help getting dogs to vet appointments and to and from their foster home! Giving a dog a lift is an easy and important way to be of service.

Marketing & Graphic Support

Do you have experience in marketing or design? If so, consider helping us create marketing materials! We can often use help with a range of projects - from brochures to signs and even apparel. And we always appreciate volunteers who are willing to help us get the word out.


Our grant team sometimes needs help researching and developing new opportunities. If you want to expand your writing skills, or have experience in research and development, we'd love to hear from you.


Dog Services

We're always looking for dog groomers, canine swimming classes, positive reinforcement trainers, and daycare facilities to work with. If you are interested and able to help, please contact Kristina!



Volunteer fundraisers are at the center of our work. If you'd like to host a fundraiser on our behalf or contribute to an existing effort, please contact our Executive Director, Kristen Gottschalk.

Auxiliary Board

If you want to be part of the next generation of community outreach, consider joining our Auxiliary Board. Applications will be reviewed at the end of the year. Learn More Here.

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Common Questions

What are the requirements to volunteer?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Sign a liability waiver
  • Watch a mandatory orientation video prior to beginning
  • Commit to volunteering at least 2 times per month
  • Be comfortable with all size dogs (especially large breed dogs)

How do I go about becoming a volunteer?

Review the requirements. If it’s a match pick out an area of interest from our website and send over a volunteer application!

How long does it take to get started after sending in my volunteer application?

After your application is submitted please allow 48 hours and our volunteer coordinator will reach out to you with next steps (At times it may take a little longer so in those instances we ask that you sit tight and please be patient)

Can I do my community service hours with you?

At this time we're not accepting temporary volunteers for community service hours.

Where are you located? Is your facility open to the public?

FTF is a foster based rescue - so the majority of our dogs are cared for in private residences. We also have an intake facility located in Wooddale, IL which houses up to seven dogs while they wait to transfer into loving foster homes. Our facility is not open for general / public visits, but volunteers and caregivers are there seven days a week.

Support Us

Rescue, Save, Love

Make an impact in the life of a rescue dog. With your help, we can save lives, enrich homes, and build communities defined by care, friendship, and compassion.