We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.  ~Winston Churchill

All dog rescue groups need volunteers to operate successfully, and German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc. (GSRNE) is no exception! Volunteering a little bit of your time goes a long way in helping a needy German Shepherd. If you would like to learn more about our volunteer programs, Check out the list of potential volunteer activities page. If you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Form.  We will welcome you aboard!


Working together for events!

Working together for events!

Transporting is so rewarding!

Transporting is so rewarding!


Enjoying games at the picnic!

Enjoying games at the picnic!

Walking with our dogs!

Walking with our dogs!


Rescue Angel

The young pup and the older dog lay on shaded sweet grass watching the reunions. Sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, sometimes a whole family would approach the Rainbow Bridge, be greeted by their loving pets and cross the bridge together.The young pup playfully nipped at the older one. “Look! Something wonderful is happening!”

The older dog stood up and barked, “Quickly — Get over to the path.”

“But that’s not my person,” whined the pup, but he did as he was told.

Thousands of pets surged forward as a figure in white walked on the path toward the bridge. After the glowing figure passed each animal, that animal bowed its head in love and respect. The figure finally approached the bridge, and was met by a menagerie of joyous animals. Together, they all walked over the bridge and disappeared.

The young pup was still in awe. “Was that an angel?” he whispered.

“No, son,” the older dog replied. “That was more than an angel. That was a person who worked in rescue.”


Our Volunteers are Rescue Angels!


  • Desktop Publishing
  • Editing newsletter, researching or writing newsletter articles
  • Making a short “What We’re Doing” monthly newsletter
  • Staffing Hotline Calls; Returning Phone Calls
  • Correspondence/Thank you notes
  • Office: secretarial, supplies management, database management, website (please specify):


  • Work with other members staffing Informational/Educational Booths at Public Places (events, pet stores, dog shows, etc.)
  • GSRNE Event Planning (Committee work)
  • GSRNE Event Staffing (Day of event only work)
  • Greeting new GSRNE members/Welcome Waggin’ follow-up
  • Soliciting and orienting new volunteers
  • Help with Christmas gift wrapping events
  • Help out at our Dog Walk or Auction
  • Inventory Management (Keep track of inventory)

Dog or Adoption Related:

  • Working with local Shelters and Animal Control Officers to identify GSDs in need
  • Coordinating evaluation and intake of new foster dogs

– requires good organizational and interviewing skills
– requires good knowledge of GSD breed

  • Evaluating Dogs in regional Shelters (needs specialized training)
  • Transportation – Specify locale, type of vehicle, general distance you’d travel: FILL IN
  • Be a Foster home for GSRNE rescue dog
  • Be a Buddy (pay for food, toys, supplies, microchip, etc.)
  • Coordinate the Buddy Program (arranging for foster dog care, food and supplies)
  • Adoption Applicant Home Visits/Follow-up Visits
  • Checking References (New Foster Homes or Adoption Applicants)
  • Matching rescue dogs with Adoption Applicants and arranging adoptions

– requires good people and interview skills
– requires general dog training knowledge in house manners, etc
–familiarity with GSDs as pet dogs

  • Photographing Dogs available for Adoption or at events
  • Grooming help if you are a professional groomer


  • Fundraising Director
  • Chair Dog walk
  • Chair Auction
  • Auction Database Manager (this job is a key piece in the auction)
  • Online Fundraising Coordinator (Café Press, eBay)


  • Crafts or Artwork for Fundraising
  • Woodworking
  • Have other ideas? Let us know what you would like to do.

There are many other jobs that we can use help with. Many of these don’t take a lot of time, just someone dependable that can give some time as needed. Please drop us a line if you can help us! We always need more help.



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