Sara volunteering as a pancake flipper at the 2011 3rd Annual Barkfeast

Volunteering is a great way to give back to a community and feel good about helping others. We have many volunteer opportunities at Secondhand Mutts. Below are some of the opportunities available on a regular basis. Our biggest need is at our events we hold year round, including dog chaperoning at our in-store events at Pet People in Rocky River and Avon Lake. We also have a need for dog walkers, transporters for dogs that need to get to and from veterinary appointments, and, of course, fostering our dogs.

If you would like to volunteer you can get started by filling out our electronic volunteer application. Once we receive your application you will get an acknowledgement email, we will add you to our volunteer email list, and if you have a Facebook account, we will add you to our Volunteers group.

If you have specific questions, you may reach our Volunteer Committee by emailing us at volunteer_coordinator@secondhandmutts.org.



We attend many events throughout the year and need people to work at our booth to answer questions, sell merchandise, and be a point person for inquisitive event-goers. We also love having plenty of “Dog Chaperones” to transport and stay with our dogs during those events. Having some knowledge about our facility and program is necessary and we are happy to assist you with this process if it’s your first time working an event.  Some of our events involve greeting attendees and collecting money, cooking, setting up and cleaning up. If you want to volunteer we will find a way to include you no matter what the event or cause.

Dog Walking:

Being a dog walker is a great way to give our dogs a break from the pack and some one-on-one attention outside of our facility. Some of our dogs who do not live in foster homes can really benefit from having a walk and learning proper manners when on a leash. Sometimes we have dogs that are in a quarantine or sick room because they are not feeling well or have just had a spay or neuter surgery. It is especially important for these dogs to get out of the building and get a walk. If you would like to walk a dog please be sure to call us first at 216-664-9660 to make sure we have a dog available to walk and set an appointment up in advance.

Dog Chaperone:

Dog chaperones are responsible for picking up and returning dogs to and from an off-site event. As the dogs chaperone you are responsible for knowing as much as possible about “your” dog by reading our website and asking questions in advance. Chaperone opportunities are usually an hour to two hour shifts at events and in-store adoption events at Pet People in Rocky River and Avon. You are required to have a valid drivers license or be accompanied by a parent if you do not drive or are under 18. You will answer questions by potential adopters to the best of your ability, give information about our adoption process, and be the spokesperson for the dog you have been assigned to. If you would like to be on our chaperone team email chaperone@secondhandmutts.org.

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Do you have a knack for arranging gift baskets? We are always collecting donations and can always use help making raffle baskets prior to our events. Our gift baskets are made from public donations collected and saved for our special events when we raffle them off. We can usually provide the baskets and the contents but ask that our volunteer basket assemblers purchase the wrapping cover and ribbon.


We are always looking for foster homes so our dogs get home-life experience prior to their adoption. To learn more about our fostering program click here.

Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

Services provided by
Gateway Animal Clinic

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