Get Involved

West Coast Labrador Retriever Volunteer Opportunities 

We have many ways that you can get involved and help in our quest to save dogs. We hope you can find some volunteer opportunities that interest you from our list below.

Home Interviews

The home interview is the best way for the rescue to ensure that we place the right dog with the right family. We want to meet everyone living in the home as well as look at the yard and fencing as well as meet the other family pets. We will also explain the adoption process in this meeting.


We will participate in events that will give the rescue exposure, which could result in recruiting volunteers, donations as well as potential adopters.


We are looking for people that love photography and Labradors. If you have photography experience and you like working with dogs. This jobs for you!

Transporting Dogs

We can always use help moving dogs from one location to another.

Back Office

This job can be anything from generating our newsletter to data entry. This job is for people that like administrative tasks.

Shelter Monitoring

We need volunteers to help monitor shelter websites, Facebook, and Craigslist several times per day. Southern California is a big area – we could use a lot of help with this.


If you are outgoing and creative, we could use your help to initiate fundraising opportunities. Fundraising can be as simple as asking your friends to use the rescue as their birthday fundraiser or sharing Facebook posts from the rescue when we need help. It could be calling on companies to sponsor the rescue with a monthly contribution or donating the funds from a neighborhood garage sale. We are open to all ideas. This job is critical to keep the rescue going. We are 100% funded by donations!


All of our dogs live in foster care environment before being available for adoption. During the time the dog is in foster care, we are evaluating and helping the dog transition from where it came from to be a beloved family member. Living in a foster home is sometimes the first time a dog will understand what it’s like to be loved and cared for, that’s why it’s critical these the dogs receive the same treatment as a member of the family during their short time in foster care. That will also help us to assess and evaluate their energy level, personality as well as how they are with other pets. NOTE: If you are interested in becoming a foster, fill out the Foster Home Application.

Shelter Intakes

We need volunteers that can go out and pull dogs from various shelters. These volunteers need experience in evaluating dogs to determine if they have a good temperament and can recognize if a dog has any aggression towards other animals or humans and to detect if there are any obvious medical or behavioral issues.

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COVID-19 Update: WCLRR is continuing to accept applications for adoptions, scheduling virtual home interviews, and accepting owner surrenders. Please contact info@wclrr.org if you have any questions.