What is Rescue U?
Rescue U is a volunteer program that recruits college students and volunteers from all over the country to help animal shelters in need. Volunteers are paired with a local shelter to help with a variety of tasks from basic shelter maintenance and repairs to training dogs with Petfinder Foundation’s Train to Adopt method. Volunteers are encouraged to utilize and develop the skills and interests they have in order to form a unique team and maximize impact. Several times a year, students and volunteers are asked to apply to attend Rescue U Shelter Renovations - large scale shelter rehabilitation trips that take place over the course of a week or more. Volunteers give up their vacation time from school and work and are flown in for the once in a lifetime experience of transforming the lives of homeless pets, the shelter staff that help them, and the community the shelter serves.