Volunteer

Will you help Saving Grace continue to rescue, care for and adopt out deserving dogs?

Saving Grace would not be able to rescue, care for, and prepare all the dogs we bring in for adoption without a dedicated group of volunteers.

As a volunteer-powered non-profit organization, Saving Grace would simply not exist without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. The number of dogs we can save is a direct correlation to the number of people we have helping us. We are always looking for new volunteers to welcome into the Saving Grace family and we have a need for every type of talent!

We have volunteer opportunities galore! Whether you want to spend time outside doing physical work in all kinds of weather, or sit at a computer drafting creative dog bios, or meet and greet people for events off-site or at the farm, or maybe support our veterinary staff in the clinic – we have a job for you!

Saving Grace Volunteers
Shift Work at the Farm

Every day care of the pack at the farm is critical for ensuring the wellbeing of the dogs.

Shifts are daily from 9-1pm and 5-8pm. This a great way to spend time with the dogs, meet new friends and be part of an amazing team!

Here are the three main areas for shifts:

 

  • Dog Care – Volunteers work in teams twice per day handling the daily care of our dogs. Responsibilities include feeding, cleaning, and rotating dogs for outside time. Some lifting required.
  • Meds – work during shift hours to administer medications to dogs in our care. This job is perfect for someone who is part Perfectionist and part Magician. Hot dogs are a wonderful means to get a pill in a dog!
  • Dishwashing/Poop scooping – Great tasks for people that want to join the team at the Farm but may not be comfortable with all of the shift responsibilities. This is a great way to engage with the dogs while they’re playing outside and maybe even sneak in a snuggle.
Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)
Transportation

We bring in dogs from shelters throughout North Carolina. We need help transporting dogs and getting them uloaded and settled once they arrive at Saving Grace.

  • Drivers: Drivers are needed M-F to take our vans or your personal vehicles to pick up dogs at our shelter partners and shuttle dogs for veterinary care. Transport needs vary by time and distance.
  • Loading and Unloading: Volunteers assist with transportation by loading and unloading dogs into the vans for transport.
Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)
Medical Support

Many of the dogs that come to Saving Grace need medical attention. Here’s what you can do to help out at the Farm!

  • Intake: Work with a team of people who welcome dogs to Saving Grace and provide initial evaluation and treatment.
  • Medical volunteers: Work with the medical team in preparing medications for dogs, administering preventatives and evaluating and treating other needs.
    • DAILY MEDICAL ASSISTANTS: This will be a set schedule (can be flexible) M-F Hours from 1-5.It will involve helping the medical lead with routine walk throughs, filling meds as decided by the medical lead. Record meds on medical sheet
    • PANACUR TEAM: All dogs are routinely dewormed and the panacur team works three days (T W Th ) on the morning shift every week. Each week there is a list of dogs to get panacur. Tasks include prepping the panacur meds, administering them to the dogs and updating the medical sheets.
    • PREVENTATIVES TEAM: Each week the preventative team gives all dogs that are due that week their monthly flea/tic and Heartworm preventatives and record them on the dogs med sheet. This job is best done with a partner which makes it easier.
    • PAPERWORK TEAM:  There are routine meds to be recorded on med sheets, files to be made and put away. Computer work as needed into SG tracking systems.
  • Wellness checks – assist the SG team during vet visits to prepare the dogs, take notes on the vet evaluations and communicate next steps for the health of the dog.
  • Heartworm treatments – work with the SG team to track, coordinate and administer heartworm treatments for the HW positive dogs in our care.
  • Vaccines: Dogs need a set number of vaccines given within a certain time period before they are ready for adoption. Volunteers are needed in assisting administering vaccines and updating med sheets appropriately. 
Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)
Website and Social Media

In addition to a website, SG maintains a robust social media presence including a Facebook page, YouTube channel. Volunteers keep it all up to date with current stories and engaging our community for support.

Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)
Work in the Spay/Neuter Clinic

Many of the dogs that come to Saving Grace need medical attention. Here’s what you can do to help out in the Clinic!

  • Walk/Load/Exchange: bring dogs to and from the houses or parking lot into the onsite clinic for treatment.
  • Clinic Assistant: daily cleaning of kennels and surgery room following proper disease control protocol to ensure a sterile environment. Stock all kennel/cleaning supplies as needed.
  • Clean surgical laundry: Clean and sonicate surgical instruments and prepare surgical packs. Clean, fold and stock kennel laundry throughout the clinic.
Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)
Adoptions

Each weekday, wehave as many as XXXX adoption appointments. Help our Adoption Counselors make awesome matches!

  • Greeters – assist with welcoming new adoptors and matching adopters with counselors; some computer input needs required.
  • Counselors – work with adopters to help them find the right dog for them. Adoption appointments are held M-F, in the afternoons and evenings.
Molly and team saving dogs from Robeson County (from the Robesonian)
Administrative Support

Administrative tasks are vital to our work, and can usually be done from home:

  • Paperwork and Data Entry
  • Bios- write brief bios of new dogs that will be posted for potential adopters on our website.
Dog friends image taken by Bruce J. Murdoch
Photography

Assist our photographers to get dogs to pose for their profile pictures on our website. Hands on dog handling required.

We’d love your help!

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STEP 1: Explore the options

There is always plenty to do at Saving Grace – do you like physical work and getting a bit dirty on a regular basis? Or would you prefer something a little less strenuous less frequently? We have it all!

STEP 2: Fill Out Our Volunteer Form

If one of our roles looks interesting, fill out our volunteer form.

STEP 3: Attend a Volunteer Orientation

Once you’ve filled out your application, we’ll send you a link to sign up for our volunteer orientation.

STEP 4: Attend a Mentoring Session

For those doing shift work at the farm, this is an important part of your orientation.

STEP 5: Sign up for Shifts/Tasks

Once you’ve completed orientation and a mentoring session, you’ll be entered into our system where you can sign up for shifts/tasks.

STEP 6: Keep coming back!

We want this to be a rewarding experience for you and hope you’ll return often! We appreciate your help and support more than you can ever know. Once you have completed a certain number of shifts, you are welcome to explore other volunteer areas of Saving Grace and find what interests or inspires you further!

Volunteer stories

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5 hours ago
Saving Grace NC

Chef is a young adult Retriever - Lab mix and is all about spreading joy. He is super playful and loves everyone he meets! If you're craving a companion who's always ready to play and explore, Chef is your guy! He has some great volunteer walk feedback on his profile so make sure to click the link below. Fill out an adoption request form to meet him! Learn more about Chef: loom.ly/87BVQag#sgadoptme #savinggracenc #dogsofnc #rescueismyfavoritebreed ... See MoreSee Less

Chef is a young adult Retriever - Lab mix and is all about spreading joy. He is super playful and loves everyone he meets! If youre craving a companion whos always ready to play and explore, Chef is your guy! He has some great volunteer walk feedback on his profile so make sure to click the link below. Fill out an adoption request form to meet him! 

Learn more about Chef: https://loom.ly/87BVQag

#sgadoptme #savinggracenc #dogsofnc #rescueismyfavoritebreed

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What a cool looking guy he is🩵🩵🩵🩵

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4 days ago
Saving Grace NC

On this week's Animal Adoption Journey, meet Carpenter! This guy came in as a stray but has had no problem making a home in the hearts of Saving Grace volunteers as well as the ladies at My Carolina! Watch to find out why Molly called him one of her favorites at the farm right now.Carpenter is patiently waiting for his furever family so if you’d like to find out more about him or to schedule an appointment to meet him, please visit www.shelterluv.com/embed/animal/SGNC-A-15066To see more of our adoptable dogs or to find out how you can help, please visit www.savinggracenc.org We'd like to thank My Carolina and CBS 17 for always welcoming us. Also, we're extremely grateful for Michael & Son Services NC for sponsoring the weekly #animaladoptionjourney featuring Saving Grace shelter dogs!#savinggrace #savinggracenc #sgadoptme #shelterdogsrock #adoptme #savinggraceanimalsforadoption #rescueloverepeat #supportshelterdogs #cutedog #doglover #dogoftheday #saveashelterdog ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago
Saving Grace NC

This beautiful 3 year old pittie mix is looking for her forever family to give her alllll the love she so, so deserves! Despite her past, Nancy has emerged as a shining example of canine resilience. Recent volunteer walk feedback said that Nancy: "is friendly and outgoing with people and other dogs!" Fill out an adoption request form to meet this beauty.Learn more about Nancy: loom.ly/-ozgc9M#sgadoptme #savinggracenc #dogsofnc #rescueismyfavoritebreed ... See MoreSee Less

This beautiful 3 year old pittie mix is looking for her forever family to give her alllll the love she so, so deserves! Despite her past, Nancy has emerged as a shining example of canine resilience. Recent volunteer walk feedback said that Nancy: is friendly and outgoing with people and other dogs! Fill out an adoption request form to meet this beauty.

Learn more about Nancy: https://loom.ly/-ozgc9M

#sgadoptme #savinggracenc #dogsofnc #rescueismyfavoritebreed

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Hosts love her. She is fun, playful and snuggles like a pro!!!!

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3 weeks ago
Saving Grace NC

Rolling, rolling, rolling, get those doggies rolling! Got to keep our shelter dogs out and moving…especially on a gorgeous day like today. Thank you to our volunteers who coordinate our hikes every week. The exercise and one on one attention is so very much appreciated by every dog. There was no dog left behind today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to the wonderful volunteers! ♥️😇

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I spied my chosen girl!! 😍😍😍 Thank you volunteers!

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Love this. Thanks so much for taking such awesome care of these fur babies. They all needed that love!!

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Y’all are soooo wonderful- those pups I’m sure are grateful!!

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Do they all go to the same place for the hikes?

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4 weeks ago
Saving Grace NC

Anika is always ready for a good time whether it be sleepover weekends, Saving Grace hikes with the team, or an outing to the My Carolina morning show to represent Saving Grace. She is a volunteer favorite who waits so patiently in her crate showing off her lovely manners yet ready for whatever adventure lies ahead when it’s time to head out. She loves the outdoors, especially if there are birds and squirrels involved. Anika is very food motivated and quick to learn a new trick. She has waited longer than any dog for a home in our program and we know her people are out there, we just need to find them. Anika is sure to bring good times to her new home, one adventure at a time! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hounds are the best!!!

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Where is she? How old is she? We have a 6 year old rescue beagle that needs a buddy.

I've had beagles my entire life. My parents too. They are so awesome. Can't imagine why this dog is in the shelter this long?? I've had hyper ones, lazy ones, vocal ones and quiet ones. They are all different but always awesome.

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Anika is a wonderful dog. I enjoy my time with her when I volunteer. She’s a friendly calm dog and is ready for her forever home.

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2 months ago
Saving Grace NC

Meet Saving Grace volunteer Carter Cifelli! Carter is a puppy foster and also volunteers on Saving Grace’s communications team and supports the funny farm in a variety of ways. To anyone wondering about volunteering she says, “it’s always a good time to become a volunteer! I promise you will meet some amazing people, and feel the impact of your time on the many dogs in need.” Thanks for all you do, Carter! 👏💕 ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Saving Grace volunteer Carter Cifelli! Carter is a puppy foster and also volunteers on Saving Grace’s communications team and supports the funny farm in a variety of ways. 
To anyone wondering about volunteering she says, “it’s always a good time to become a volunteer! I promise you will meet some amazing people, and feel the impact of your time on the many dogs in need.” 
Thanks for all you do, Carter! 👏💕

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You are a truly awesome superhero! Thank you!

Carter is amazing!!!

We are so grateful for you, Carter! This guy has been such a blessing to our family. Thank you for the weeks you invested to keep him alive after his mom passed.

Thank you, Carter! We have gotten one of our precious dogs from her care! <3

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Carter is my heroine!! We love our handsome Willy Wonka!!

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2 months ago
Saving Grace NC

Meet Abracadabra! This stunning girl arrived at the farm pretty shy, but she is now playing with her dog friends and approaching volunteers for attention! She is active and playful, quiet in her crate, and is doing great at potty training and leash walking! She also likes to snuggle when you've earned her trust! Fill out an adoption request and come meet this wonderful girl!Learn more about Abracadabra: loom.ly/MCQwVWA#sgadoptme #savinggracenc #dogsofnc #rescueismyfavoritebreed ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Abracadabra! This stunning girl arrived at the farm pretty shy, but she is now playing with her dog friends and approaching volunteers for attention! She is active and playful, quiet in her crate, and is doing great at potty training and leash walking! She also likes to snuggle when youve earned her trust! Fill out an adoption request and come meet this wonderful girl!
Learn more about Abracadabra: https://loom.ly/MCQwVWA
#sgadoptme #savinggracenc #dogsofnc #rescueismyfavoritebreed

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She sounds perfect and ready🌹

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I love this girl!! Can't believe she has not gotten snatched up. Her perfect family is out there!!!

Abbycadabby is what I call abracadabra and she’s one of my favorite babies in the DH! So very gentle. ❤️

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FAQs About Volunteering

Host a Dog Sleepover

Mazie wants to sleepover!

What is a Sleepover?

Find out how you can take a dog home for a sleepover.

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Pick a Date

We offer sleepovers most weekends.

Adorable pup heading out for a sleepover

Pick Them Up

C'mon out and pick them up, and plan some fun!

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Bring Them Back

It's tough, but maybe you'll make it permanent?

Foster a Dog

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What is Fostering?

Find out what it takes to foster vulnerable dogs.

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Apply to be a Foster

Take the first steps to being a foster.

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Attend a Foster Orientation

We'll share more details after you submit your application.

Puppies!

Accept an Assignment

There's someone out there waiting for you!

Adopt from Saving Grace

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Stories shared by happy adopters
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What is it like to Adopt?

Understand what it is like to adopt a shelter dog.
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Apply to Adopt

Once you understand what it takes, apply!
forever home

Take Them Home

Pick them up, and stop at the Supply Co to stock up!
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Love Them!

Here's some tips and tricks for establishing an incredible relationship!

About Saving Grace

Meet Molly Goldston

Founder of Saving Grace

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Meet Our Pack

Here's who makes things happen!

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Saving Grace Cottage

A great place to stay!

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Spay/Neuter Clinic

On-site dedicated services.

Saving Grace Wake Forest

aka "The Funny Farm"
13400 Old Creedmoor Rd,
Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

Saving Grace Wake Forest

13400 Old Creedmoor Rd
Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA

Volunteer for Saving Grace

Explore Volunteer Options

Find your sweet spot!

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Fill Out the Application

Begin the process to join our team.

New Volunteer Orientation

Get Oriented

Attend volunteer orientation.

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Attend a Mentor Session

We'll show you the ropes.

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Sign up for Shifts/Tasks

Make a difference.

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Keep Coming Back!

Make a difference.

Host a Dog for a weekend

Will you take a deserving dog for the weekend to give them a break from the Funny Farm?

We Need Fosters!

Not all our dogs are ready to stay at the Funny Farm - our Fosters help get them ready for adoption!

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