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Pekes and Pals Canine Rescue, Inc.

County: Lee
Categories Animals

Pekes and Pals Canine Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization. We run on volunteer manpower, adoption donations and outright donations. Any and all work done at the rescue and on behalf of the rescue should be considered meaningful work. The dogs, which of course are powerless to care for themselves, rely on our help to provide good lives for them. The rescue was not designed and is not run for the benefit of humans. It’s the welfare of the dogs that takes precedence in all decisions at the rescue. The efforts of all volunteers will be greatly appreciated. We welcome your ideas and suggestions for ways your talents can help the rescue reach our goals. If you are a gentle, loving person who enjoys being around dogs, please come volunteer your energy and talents to Pekes and Pals in North Fort Myers.

Job Description:

We expect our volunteers will put their best efforts forward on behalf of Pekes & Pals. We hope to maintain an open and honest relationship. If a volunteer is not comfortable with a task, they should feel free to speak up. This should be a positive experience for all involved. If for any reason a volunteer needs to depart or discontinue their volunteerism with Pekes & Pals, we kindly ask you to let us know. Although this is an unpaid experience, we ask you to respect the director as if it were an actual job.


Job description: The type of help we need varies from day-to-day. We like to match the volunteer to the activity which suits them whenever possible. On-site activities: *Provide Tender Loving Care for each dog. Pat, hug, reassure and play with the dogs. *Basic grooming of dogs; bathe (using shampoo and then conditioner), dry (gently with towels and a powerful electric blow dryer), carefully brush their coats and trim off mats, trim their toe nails. Bring any injuries found to the attention of the director for examination. We have a grooming table and stool which may be used for your comfort if you constantly tend to the dog like their life depends on it; choking accidents are quick to occur if your attention is diverted for a moment; it happens far too frequently, even at reputable groomers. *Help director administer monthly heart worm and flea/tick preventative medication. *Walk dogs on leashes around the property for training and exercise. *Scooping poop and cleaning dog houses and paved ground. *Periodically wash food and water bowls. *Operate wet vacuum on tile floors. *Various outdoor yard work i.e. Gathering brush into piles, clearing fields of vegetation debris, mowing grass, moving paver stones, etc.

Adoptions: *Learn how to analyze adoption and foster care applications. *Conduct veterinarian reference checks of an applicant’s pet history.  *Schedule and conduct home visits with prospective adoptive families.

Off-site activities: *Shopping trips with senior volunteer or director and the delivery of purchases to Pekes & Pals. Suggestions of purchases are always welcome (i.e. Something’s on sale, or you find an item Pekes & Pals could really use); however the final decision on expenditures rests with the director. Please consult her prior to making a purchase for which you expect reimbursement. *Transport dogs to/from veterinarian appointments (primarily for spay/neuter surgery). *Take dogs on outings to dog parks.

Spreading Awareness / Marketing: *Carry a few brochures with you to share with potential adopters and donors. •Seek places to place brochures and “Available for Adoption” full-color binders containing photos and descriptions of dogs (as printed out from PetFinder website).

Examples of locations: Veterinarian offices, groomers, residential communities, etc. Report name and address of those placements to the director so a quantity can be maintained.  *Scout potential locations for placement of counter top donation boxes where people are likely to make cash donations. *Design and place lockable donation boxes. Report name, address and phone number of those placements to the director so the boxes donations can be collected. *Help promote the idea of “Adopt Donate & Shop” to your friends and family. *Plan and participate in fundraising events and projects. *Look for opportunities to solicit cash and other donations. Collect name, address and phone number so director can follow-up with donation receipts.

Use your research, writing and communication skills:  *Seek fundraising ideas. *Find and write for grants. *Look for ways to advertise Pekes & Pals for free i.e. internet, bulletin boards, publications. *Make postings on Craig’s List, or other such sites, in the categories of: wanted, volunteers, pets, etc. *Respond to Internet posters who are seeking a small dog to adopt. *Respond to Internet posters who have something for sale which they may consider donating to Pekes & Pals instead, in exchange for a tax-deductible donation receipt. *Write descriptions of dogs to help promote their adoptions. *Take appealing photos and video of individual dogs.

Administrative: *Excel data base entry. *Potential holiday mailings, etc. *Create newsletter for email distribution.

Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Mrs. Peggy Dunn
19400 Durrance Rd.
Fort Myers, FL 33917
Fax: 239-543-2787
Phone: 239-543-2787
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered:

Knowledge and experiences to be gained: *Caring for special needs dogs. *Profoundly touching people’s lives with the happiness of pet companionship. *The sadness of pets passing on to “The Rainbow Bridge.” *Meet local veterinarians and their staff.  *Medical tests, diagnosis, ailments, allergies, surgeries and treatment; from a caretakers prospective. *Vaccination protocol; proper vs. over dosing. *Common medications and the administration of them. *Parasites; treatment for and prevention of. Fleas and painful “flea derma” condition they cause; Sarcoptic Mange Ticks & Flies Heartworms Roundworms, Tapeworms, Hookworms, Coccidia.  *What makes a quality dog food and cat food? *Registration and upkeep of a 501(c)3 charitable organization. *Running a rescue in Florida. *The particular philosophies and standards of Pekes and Pals vs. other local rescues. *The differences between rescues, shelters and humane societies. *The dark side of backyard breeders, puppy mills and animal shelter policies & procedures. *Learn about the network of other rescues around Florida. *How to evaluate a dog entering the rescue. *Resources for reporting and recovering lost pets, including websites, local agencies and microchip implants. *Assessing dog’s individual temperaments, personalities, likes and dislikes, over time (and changes of these traits). *Breed identification. *Resources on the web reporting animal abuse. *About what dangers and threats dogs are faced with every day; i.e. diseases, animals, insects, poisons, food allergies, etc. *What makes a dog suitable for adoption, or not. *Event planning and participation. *Marketing and promotion. *Management of dog postings on *Bargain shopping, negotiating prices.

Additional Information:

Pekes and Pals Canine Rescue, Inc. would like their volunteers to be aware of potential dangers and inconveniences. It will be the volunteer’s responsibility to always act in a careful, thoughtful and cautious manner while on the premises. Each volunteer will be asked to sign a waiver. First, be aware the final mile or so of road to the property is dirt. During rainy season it’s muddy with pot holes. During dry times it’s bumpy and dusty. Drive slowly and you should be fine in most vehicles except for low sports cars. Do expect your vehicle to get dirty. The cows on the property are corralled by electric fence. You should always assume the fence is electrified; never touch the wire fence or the posts supporting it. This rural property and especially the ponds are a known habitat for various poisonous snakes such as: water moccasins, pygmy rattlers, and diamond backs. A prime spot to encounter these snakes is hiding under things on the ground; an overturned garbage barrel, or inside a cinderblock for example. We want you to watch out for them, avoid them and alert the director to their presence if you see them. Pekes & Pals is run out of a private home. Volunteers should be aware of normal household dangers; don’t stick your fingers in the electrical sockets and don’t burn yourself with hot tap water. An additional hazard to be careful of is slippery ceramic tile floors as not all of the dogs are housetrained. We recommend Croc style rubber shoes for maintaining good traction. You will be interacting with dogs, cats, cows and perhaps even sheep on the property. The cats roam free outside and are friendly to people. The dogs are confined to the house and their kennel cages. Volunteers must always be mindful not to let the dogs escape from the protection of their home/fenced in play yard. This is a good time to remind you not to wear “good” clothes or shoes. You can expect to get dirty working with the dogs. They will be happy to see you and jump up on your legs. Most all of them are very small and won’t reach above your knee. An authoritative “off” and nudge with your knee should be enough to correct the larger ones. However, be aware their claws and paws can scratch your skin. Volunteers need to understand that dogs can and will use their teeth for protection. If they feel threatened and afraid, they could quickly try to bite you. After all, some of these dogs have come to the rescue after being treated badly by humans. Giving a dog the proper respect when approaching will go a long way in earning their trust. Using a soft tone of voice, “baby talk” is also helpful. If you dont know how to deal with dogs that are new to you, please be sure to alert Pekes & Pals’ director for guidance before coming in contact with the dogs. Occasionally the dogs will get into a scuffle amongst themselves. We don’t want our volunteers involved. We just need you to stay out of the way and alert the director immediately. Dogs often communicate by barking. This may seem obvious and expected by most. What you may not expect is a chorus of 50 or so dogs all barking at once. This is not a danger, but a potential discomfort we want you to be aware of.

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