Why Volunteer?


'Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.'

We believe, volunteering with Thrive Animal Rescue is not just simply benefiting our many dogs, but benefits you as well! Volunteering has been shown to boost moods, stimulate the mind and body, increase happiness while fighting depression, and provide people with a strong sense of purpose.

So if you are considering how you can help, we offer many different volunteer opportunities. See below for ways to help. Our dogs will not only thank you for it, but your mind and body will too!


It takes a village...

Because of the people who so graciously give of their time, we are able to rescue more and more dogs in need. Every time someone becomes involved, it frees us up to make another shelter run, in turn saving another dog from a night in the shelter or in some cases saving a dog from euthanasia.
Fostering is one of the most important, and most appreciated, volunteer activities. Fosters open their homes and hearts to a dog, providing a warm bed and loving atmosphere where the dog can chill and decompress before being placed into a forever home. We provide the food and veterinary care, they provide the love. In cases of people with busy daytime schedules, foster dogs can be dropped off at Thrive Headquarters during daytime hours and picked back up in the afternoon.

Fostered animals get adopted more quickly and have less temperament issues - please help.


If you or someone you know does a frequent northern to southern California commute, please sign up as a volunteer. We occasionally have people in other parts of the state who’ve seen our dogs on social media and we love to be able to connect people with a dog they’ve seen. Rescue, adopt, DRIVE!



Our sponsor base is young and young-at-heart and our fundraising reflects that. We have a personal relationship with almost all of our sponsors and we love getting together to celebrate our success. Artistry, creative thinking, and just available time are all resources we need to put on professional quality fundraising events.


Venues For Adoption Events

Do you have a business or property that would be suitable for holding an adoption event? You might be surprised at how adoption events not only attract a wonderful group of people, but can also bring about awareness for your business! If you have an idea, we would love to hear it!

Other Skills

Do you have skills that you are willing to donate to help dogs? Do you have abilities in one of these areas: Artistry, Photography, Videography? Connections in print or television media? If so, we would love to hear from you!

* referenced from HelpGuide.org