When asked what she would tell other teens considering volunteering, Home for Good junior volunteer, Lily Husek, replied “I would tell them to get involved; its great working with dogs and its fun. These dogs come from the worst situations and helping them is the best feeling in the world. To see them happy and healthy is the greatest reward in volunteering.” 

Home for Good Dog Rescue, a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue, would like to extend an invitation to teens 16 years of age or older to participate in their junior volunteer program. Home for Good offers a wonderful experience, promotes community involvement and offers teens an alternative to team sports and school clubs. 

Home for Good’s mission is to rescue, nurture and place adoptable dogs into loving homes for good. Home for Good rescues dogs from high-kill shelters (dogs at high risk of being euthanized due to shelter overcrowding) and matches them with loving families.

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In an effort to inform teens about Home for Good and the volunteering and dog fostering opportunities that are available, Home for Good is having an open junior volunteer meeting on Tuesday, May 15th at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at the Summit Elks Club located at 40 Maple Street (second floor) in Summit, NJ. Experienced junior volunteers will be on hand for a question and answer session with new and potential volunteers.

Zach Grochowski got involved with Home for Good Dog rescue because he loves to interact with dogs and wanted to help them. Wanting to work with dogs and help them find new homes is a common motivation amongst the volunteers. Junior volunteers Taylor and Karly Deland, have two dogs of their own and love dogs, but what they like most about volunteering is seeing the dogs get good loving homes.  Fellow volunteer Doug Chacon got involved after his older sister, Anthonella, began fostering dogs. “I like learning about the kinds of breeds, diseases, and other things related to dogs” remarks Chacon.

According to Home for Good Foster and Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Strell, “the junior volunteers are an important and valuable part of our organization.” At adoption events, the junior volunteers help by setting up the crates, caring for the dogs during the event and packing up after the event. Adoption events are held on weekends at various pet supply stores in the Essex, Hunterdon, Morris and Union County area.

Home for Good provides training on all aspects of the junior volunteer program. Training will involve education on the proper and safe way to take dogs out of their crates, procedures to follow at adoption events, and general dog handling information.

When school is not in session, during summer and vacations, junior volunteers can help with the dog transports. This involves bathing, walking and feeding the dogs as they come off the transports, as well as setting up crates before and cleaning up after.

Other activities the juniors participate in include fundraising and community outreach programs.  During the week the volunteers can assist with office work such as photo copying, preparing medical folders and adoption folders, keeping inventory of supplies, and stocking the grooming room with towels, newspapers and cleaning supplies.

If you love dogs and are 16 or older, why not donate your time by volunteering?  It’s a very rewarding experience.

For more information on the junior volunteer program, contact Susan Strell at 908-598-8212 or contacthfg@gmail.com.