They Need You! We Need You!

We are a small, active group who is always in need of a helping hand.  If interested in learning more about volunteering with Genesis, please complete our online volunteer application (link at the bottom of this page) and you will be contacted when our next volunteer training is scheduled.

Here are some of the ways our volunteers assist:

1) Meet & Greet Volunteer

  • Meet & Greets are adoption events held at some of our community partners 1-2 times per month, typically on Saturday mornings & afternoons.
  • These events are more about making connections with the public and less about the volunteer interacting with the animals.  These events are important opportunities for the public to interact with our adoptable pets and learn more about the mission of Genesis Animal Rescue.
  • Volunteers interested in these events should be comfortable interacting with the public and able to represent Genesis in a positive light by displaying an approachable, friendly, & professional attitude to the public. 
  • Some veteran volunteers serve as event coordinators and work with our partners to develop a yearly schedule of events, help to publicize them, and schedule volunteers to assist at them.

2) Fundraising

  • We conduct several annual fundraisers and are always looking for new ideas to add to our fundraising repertoire.
  • Some of our regular fundraisers include:
    • Being a Carson’s Days charity and selling coupon booklets for their semi-annual sales (Fall & Spring)
    • Santa Pictures with the pets at Petsmart and Fetcher’s (Early December)
    • Dog Wash Fundraisers (Spring & Summer)
    • Silent Auction (Fall)
    • Garage Sale (at Charleston County Market in September &/or organized in the neighborhoods of volunteers/supporters)

3) Public Relations

  • It takes a lot of effort to publicize our organization and animals to the public.
  • PR volunteers assist in many key tasks that get our animals noticed and adopted such as:
    • Taking quality photos of our adoptable pets for use in print and electronic advertising
    • Assisting with our quarterly electronic newsletter by writing articles, editing, and organizing contact lists
    • Writing special interest newspaper articles and Pet of the Week promotions for the publishing in the Times-Courier/Journal Gazette
    • Representing Genesis on social media platforms such as on our Facebook page.  Growing our presence to Twitter, Instagram, and others would be beneficial
    • Designing and printing quality flyers of our adoptable animals and displaying them at partner locations

4) Kitty Condo Checks

  • Our cats and kittens split time between their foster homes and 2 Kitty Condos at partner locations – Clyde’s Animal Clinic in Mattoon, IL and Arthur Veterinary Clinic in Arthur, IL
  • Although the staff at these locations do much of the daily care of the animals at the condos, Genesis volunteers are needed to check on them throughout the week to ensure that they have all of the supplies (food, litter, etc) that they need and that the animals are doing well.

5) Transports

  • We always need help moving our animals between shelters, vet appointments, foster homes, our Meet & Greets, etc.
  • We also regularly receive email requests for volunteers to assist in the transport of animals between different rescue organizations – often from Southern IL/Missouri to the Chicagoland area.
    • These transports move animals from high-kill shelters in rural areas to willing rescues in more populated areas
    • These transports are often divided into numerous, smaller “legs”
    • Although these animals are not apart of the Genesis program, our volunteers regularly assist with legs of the transport that cross near our area
    • These requests are sporadic and often announced to us with only a few days notice so are often good volunteer opportunities for individuals that are retired, do not work, have a flexible daily work schedule, etc

6) Follow up team

  • We would like to establish a team of volunteers to stay in contact with our past adopters primarily through email, but possibly also through phone calls and mailings.
  • These volunteers would need to be highly organized to handle our extensive adopter lists, have experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, & have reliable phone and internet access.
  • Because these positions involve working with the contact information for our adopters, they are currently only available to veteran volunteers.  New volunteers interested in helping with these roles would need to spend time assisting in other areas of our rescue mission first before progressing to these positions.

7) Application Review & Home Visits – Experienced & highly trained volunteers only

  • These volunteers participate in our adoption applications review process by completing veterinary reference checks, personal reference checks, and home visits.
  • Because these positions require much knowledge about our organization and our adoption policies, they are only open to veteran volunteers.  New volunteers interested in helping with these roles would need to spend time assisting in other areas of our rescue mission first before progressing to these positions.

8) Foster Home – Experienced & highly trained volunteers with a minimum of 6 months of regular service to the organization

  • Because we do not operate a shelter facility and are a foster home based rescue, our adoptable pets live in the homes of our volunteer fosterers.
  • These positions are very time demanding, as the animal will be in your care 24/7 for the duration of their time in the program until they are adoption. 
  • These positions require much patience, as many of our animals come to our rescue needing basic training and socialization skills in order to excel in their future forever homes.
  • Fostering is a very rewarding experience, but also one that can become emotionally difficult for some individuals that may become attached to their foster animals.
  • All members of the family (human and non-human members) must be able to comply with our approved care and training guidelines and must also be open to the “happy disruption” that a foster will make in your daily routine – one more pet to feed, bathe, walk, exercise, train, & love.
  • Because we need to assess what type of animal would be best suited for your home and because these are positions of great trust and responsibility, individuals must volunteer regularly in other capacities for a minimum of 6 months before transitioning into a fostering role.

If you are intersted in volunteering, please complete our
Volunteer Application

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator -