The human/animal bond is as old as human history.   We cherish our pets for the unconditional love and acceptance they give us.   ROAR exists to strengthen that bond and rescue the pets left destitute when the bond of that trust is broken.  

Our Volunteers – ROAR’s Heart and Soul

ROAR would not exist if not for its volunteers. From 8 in the morning to 8 at night, rain or shine, 365 days a year, our 100-plus volunteers are continually in and out of the shelter — feeding, cleaning, walking, playing, washing and grooming. And when it comes to supporting our special events, they are the first ones to lend a helping hand. They are essential to our organization and of course our pets’ best friends.

 

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the shelter - no exceptions. To ensure everyone’s safety, volunteers are not allowed to bring children with them to the shelter during their shift.

 

Our volunteers are involved in just about every aspect of ROAR’s operation. Here’s a sampling:

  • Dog walking
  • Cat socialization
  • Laundry & general housekeeping
  • Office help
  • Vet trips
  • Dog transports pick-ups
  • Fundraiser and special event staffing

 

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Although the under -18 year olds cannot volunteer at the shelter there are plenty of ways to get involved.

  • “Rally ‘Round ROAR” our special program for ages 10-17
  • Community service hours
  • RHS senior class internships
  • Mini-fundraisers – many children have used bake sales as a way to support ROAR
  • Birthday and Bat Mitzvah gifts – we often have children request a donation to ROAR in lieu of gifts


 

Foster Care Program

Occasionally we have animals that need to go into a foster home. Being a foster family is a great way of volunteering for ROAR if you are working from home etc.

We may use foster care in these situations:

  • Kittens that are too young/small/sick to eat on their own
  • Kittens who need extensive medical care/attention
  • Cats that needs special care
  • Puppies who will not nurse
  • Dogs that are old/sick/depressed/scared etc.
  • Animals recovering from major surgery (not spay/neuter)

 

The advantages of foster care are many. 

Approved foster families provide a safe home, love and supportive care.

ROAR provides food, litter (cat fosters), training (dog fosters) and all veterinary care will be covered for the fostered animal.

 

For further information about our foster program and how to become a foster family, please contact our Foster Care Coordinator at shelter@roar-ridgefield.org


 

 

For more information about adult and youth opportunities:

  • Please call the Shelter at 203-438-1058 or Click here and fill out our info request.
  • Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you via email about our volunteer program.
  • You’ll be invited to attend a 1 hour Volunteer Introduction Session, held monthly, to learn more about ROAR.
  • ROAR requires a valid email address in order to contact you.  Email and internet are our primary means of communication. 
  • Before your volunteering starts, you must attend a mandatory three hour training session where you will get hands-on experience on the entire ROAR operation. 

 

 

Volunteers - Making a Difference!