Thank you for thinking about volunteering for Cocker And English Springer Spaniel Rescue. All of us involved in CAESSR are volunteers, and we are always keen to have new people joining us, bringing fresh enthusiasm and bright ideas.
There are many practical ways in which you can become involved in helping CAESSR.
Assessing Dogs and Homes
We always need people who are prepared to assess dogs that require new homes, and assess homes that are on offer to CAESSR. Although it is best that these checks are done by someone experienced with dogs, that can be as simple as someone who has happily owned several dogs in their lifetime – it does not require professional expertise.
Not every Springer needing a home will find their ideal family on their doorstep! We therefore need to be able to move dogs about the country. If you have a car that is safe for transporting a dog and is appropriately insured, are used to handling dogs and either travel regularly, or are willing to do so, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Foster carers for dogs
Not every rescued Springer is able to go straight to a new home. Sometimes a dog simply needs a bed for the night on a transport run, sometimes a dog needs a long period of assessment or medical care before they can be rehomed, and sometimes a dog simply needs to come into our care urgently, before they are matched to a new forever home. We need to have homes who are able to offer sanctuary, stability and care to rescue Springers for a period of time. Because our dogs vary so much in their foster needs, almost any experienced, welcoming home will be the right short term refuge for one particular dog. For more information see Fostering.
Fundraising and Publicity
All this activity, and the educational work with which we support responsible ownership, costs money! Some people are full of great fundraising ideas, some have great practical skills, and some simply have an eye for where a poster will get maximum attention! If you are interested in fundraising and publicity for CAESSR, please give us a call (see the Contacts Page).
Expertise and Administration
If you have a particular area of expertise, be it training, behaviour, show dogs, gundogs, or other types of working dogs, then we would be delighted if you felt able to use it to benefit the dogs of CAESSR. And if you are one of life’s great organisers, then we can put those skills to good use! (see the Contacts Page)
Friends of CAESSR
These days everyone is busy, and not everyone has the free time to give to the causes they feel strongly about. Because of this, we have a Friends of CAESSR group, for those who would prefer to make a small financial donation (Contact the Treasurer - see the Contacts Page).
Again, many thanks for taking the time to think about volunteering with CAESSR