Spread the Love! Help us Help Jacks

Our organization is growing and we’re looking for volunteers. Is that you or someone you know? JRTRO is run solely by volunteers ~ a wonderfully dedicated group, sharing a common vision to safeguard the wellbeing of every Jack Russell Terrier in our care. Our work is hugely rewarding and we would love to hear from you if you would like to help. We currently have vacancies in a number of areas.

Once you have looked through the list, and if you are interested in volunteering for one of these roles, please fill out our volunteer application below:

Positions are listed under two categories: Casual and Team

Casual ~ occasional help every now and then when a specific need comes up such as transporting a Jack, doing a home visit or volunteering at one of our events

Team ~ working with a group of other volunteers with specific ongoing tasks…some roles are more demanding than others, some are time sensitive, and some can be done on your own timeline.

Casual Opportunities

Foster Families

We continue to have Jacks coming into our care! We always need foster homes throughout Ontario. Fostering a Jack and helping through a transitional phase is an incredibly rewarding experience because you’re the first step in their new life. We particularly need foster families who are willing to take Jacks with medical or behavioural issues, families without any other dogs or cats in-house or families with no children or families who are willing to foster a pair. If you are interested in fostering, please fill out a foster application online. Once you’ve filled out an application, a volunteer will contact you to clarify any points, answer any questions you might have, and arrange a home visit.

Estimated time commitment: Varies by dog and circumstance


Bring your Jack or just yourself and help out at one of our events throughout the year ~ all with the double goal of raising funds and building awareness for JRT Rescue. The events like our signature event the Rescue Roundup are fun and everyone ~ and we mean everyone ~ loves to talk to our volunteers about our Jacks. If you are interested in volunteering at an event, please view our events calendar on the homepage to view our upcoming schedule. Volunteers are asked to fill out the Volunteer Application below. Do it early and then you are ready to roll when something exciting catches your eye!

Estimated time commitment: totally dependent upon your time and availability


Transport help is always needed to move our Jacks from their past to their future new lives. To do this, volunteer drivers travel the province picking up our precious cargo from their previous homes, shelters, vet offices, etc. and driving them to their foster homes. Sometimes this trip is short and can be done by one person and other times the distance is greater, requiring volunteers to work as a relay team, picking up or dropping off at identified locations along the way. Obviously, this is a very important task. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to use their own car.

Estimated time commitment: At your discretion but usually 1-3 hours

Home Visits

Potential foster or adopting families require a home visit. You would visit these temporary and permanent familyhomes and spend about 30 minutes, engaging in conversation and asking some questions from the questionnaire we provide to you to guide the conversation. When you return home, you are asked to fill out the home visit form and email it to the volunteer who contacted you.

Estimated time commitment: Totally dependent upon your time and availability

Team Opportunities

Our Core Group of Volunteers work together on teams. We have adoption teams, foster teams, relinquishment teams, transport teams, and intake teams. Our Social Media team prepares and sends out our newsletter, manages our website, facebook, Instagram and twitter accounts. We also have a Rescue Roundup trial committee that works on our signature fundraising event throughout the year.

Estimated time commitment: 7 hours per week

Save a Jack!

Fill out and submit an application to volunteer with JRTRO We have a volunteer coordinator that manages our volunteers and volunteer appreciation who will contact you.


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    Below we have listed some specific tasks that the rescue is always looking for help with. Please comment on any of these assignments that you would be comfortable assisting with.
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