Get Involved

How You Can Help
Take In

01. Foster

Please consider fostering a Wiggly Tails dog. Most of our dogs do not have a forever home ready when we receive them. They may either be surrendered by a local owner or brought up from a high-kill shelter outside of the area. The more qualified foster providers we have, the more dogs we can save!

Show Up

02. Be a Volunteer

Wiggly Tails Dog Rescue is a volunteer-driven organization, so we rely on our volunteers to help with all aspects of the rescue. One of the nice things about volunteering for Wiggly Tails is that you can work as many or few hours as your schedule and lifestyle allow. We hope you will consider joining us in this rewarding work.

Give Back

03. Make a Donation

Without the support of our Wiggly Tails Dog Rescue family, we would not be able to provide life-saving transport, medical care, and in-home fostering for our dogs. 

Speak Up

04. Spread the Word

We share all our adoptable dogs, fundraisers, and adoption events to our Facebook page. You can help by sharing our posts and following us on Facebook.

If you would like to become a volunteer and join our team, please complete the Volunteer Application and either scan and email it to or mail it to WTDR, PO Box 23152, Eugene OR 97402

Fostering FAQ

Why Foster?

Some of the benefits of fostering include:
You can have a dog temporarily – enriching your life and his – but not be tied down 24/7 with the responsibility of a pet

Your current dog(s) will have a playmate

You will have the satisfaction of helping a dog learn to trust people again before finding a forever home.

You will help stop pet overpopulation by giving a dog a home while we ensure that it is spayed or neutered.

You are saving a life – because most of our dogs come from high-kill shelters.

What does it take to be a foster provider?

Lane County Residency. Because all of our foster homes must be pre-approved, and we rely on volunteers to do home checks, we are only able to serve Eugene/Springfield and the surrounding areas.

Ability to keep the dog(s) safe. One of your main responsibilities as a foster provider is to keep the dog safe. This may mean a fenced yard, depending on the circumstances, but also means ensuring that the dog cannot escape and is always accompanied and wearing the Wiggly Tails tag when it goes out.

Willingness to bring the dog to adoption events or to meet with potential adopters. Our rescued dogs are adopted through events at Petsmart and other businesses, as well as via social media. Potential adopters come there to meet them, but in other cases you will need to meet at their home or at a park, particularly when they have other dogs that the rescue dog needs to meet.

Taking photos and making progress reports on the dog. Our dogs are often found by adopters who see their picture and a description of them on Facebook or other social media. We rely on the foster providers to let us know how the dog is doing and to share those positive moments through pictures. You also need to let us know promptly if you have any problems with your foster dog(s).

Love and caring. You may be the one who shows the dog that people do care, by providing socialization and the necessities of life. You will need to provide food, toys, and a bed (at a minimum) for the foster dog(s). (We can assist with donated food, toys, pens, crates and other necessities in some cases. Limited financial ability is not an automatic disqualifier.)

What are Wiggly Tails Dog Rescue’s responsibilities?

Providing accurate information about the dog. Wiggly Tails will provide necessary information to enable the foster provider to effectively care for the dog.

Veterinary Care. Wiggly Tails is responsible for all necessary veterinary care, including vaccinations, medications and spaying/neutering. Foster providers usually will need to get the dog(s) to the vet.

Providing support to foster providers. Wiggly Tails will provide timely support with problems that foster providers encounter with fostering the dog(s). We will also take the dog back if the foster placement fails.

Assisting with special needs. Wiggly Tails will assist with physical needs, as necessary, such as loaning crates, pens, blankets, and other supplies, and providing donated food, treats, and toys, when needed.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a foster provider for a Wiggly Tails dog, please contact us by completing an application.

Volunteering Positions

Adoption Event Support

We usually hold adoption events every two weeks. We take foster dogs to meet with potential adopters in a pet store. We can use help with various tasks, including holding dogs, walking dogs for potty breaks, talking to people about Wiggly Tails and our rescued dogs and being a volunteer, and soliciting donations.

Board of Directors

Because Wiggly Tails is a nonprofit, we are governed by a volunteer board of directors. From time to time, we seek to add new directors. If you have experience on a board, or have valuable skills that you believe will make us more effective, we encourage you to contact us about serving on the board.

Clerical Assistance

Our Executive Director can use help with filing, data entry, telephone answering and calls, and other clerical work. We also need help with compiling data for grant applications and other reports. Even a few hours a week is a big help.


Like any small nonprofit, we always need more funding to carry out our mission—in this case, saving more little dogs. We welcome volunteers who are experienced in raising funds and are comfortable with asking for donations to this worthy cause.

Graphic Design/Website/Social Media

We can use a volunteer to take charge of overseeing any of these key areas and recommending changes to make us more effective and user-friendly when it comes to online interaction.

Home Checks

All foster and adoptive homes are first visited by a volunteer with a checklist to ensure that dogs that are placed there will be in a safe and appropriate setting.


We sometimes rescue dogs with behavior problems—no doubt due to prior circumstances. We would be delighted to find a volunteer who can help us with this crucial area, whether providing limited training for a specific dog, or offering training for fostered or adopted dogs.