Volunteer Email List

If you’d like to know about any of our volunteer opportunities – from stuffing envelopes, to fostering a homeless pet, to building fences, to helping out at a dog wash or jewelry sale – send an email to info@indigorescue.org to sign up for our volunteer email list.  You will receive an average of two emails per week with announcements about volunteer opportunities including notifications of pets in need of foster homes. 

Foster Application

If you are interested in fostering, complete our foster application and either fax it to us at: 888-502-7660, or scan it and email it as a PDF to us at: info@indigorescue.org. Fosters must subscribe to our Volunteer Yahoo Group to be advised of our outreach dates and other details. Scroll down to read more about making the commitment to foster a rescued dog.

Indigo Volunteer_Foster App_2017

Adoption Events

Our adoptable pets are all in foster homes. To give potential adopters a chance to meet our foster dogs, we bring them to them to various pet stores in the Portland/Beaverton area.  We can always use extra help at these adoption events!  We need volunteers to sit with the adoptable dogs, walk them around the store and outside for potty, and answer questions from potential adopters. To help in this capacity you must be strong enough to handle a dog on leash and know enough about dog interactions to be able to tell when two dogs aren’t getting along and should sit apart from one another. Don’t worry – we’ll only have you baby-sit a dog that is appropriate for your experience level and comfort level.  You can also come early and help us set up or stay late to help us pack up.


We hold two jewelry sales each year to raise funds for our operations.  We receive donations of jewelry from all over the country!  We need people to help price the jewelry and to work at the sale.

OCU at Indigo Ranch

We frequently have Saturday work days out at Indigo Ranch in Vernonia.  We do all kinds of things out there – caring for the chickens, playing with the dogs, building and repairing fences, gardening, etc… It’s a really fun environment for Portland city slickers.  How often do we get to gather eggs or do work that doesn’t involve a computer?  Not often enough!  We also need people to promote OCU at Indigo Ranch (the training and boarding business we started to fund our rescue work) at pet supply shops, vets, etc…)


We are always searching for foster homes for the dogs and cats we help. Fostering is extremely rewarding. Fosters save lives. In addition, fostering brings awareness to the need for spay/neuter and adoption. Everyone you know will be exposed to the plight of so many wonderful dogs waiting at shelters. Fostering is a big commitment of time, energy, and love, but the satisfaction and joy of taking a dog from death row to a loving home is immeasurable.

The Foster Process:

When the county shelter is full and is forced to make the difficult decision to make space by euthanizing potentially adoptable dogs, they call us.These are animals are injured, sick, or failing in the shelter environment. We are often the only option for saving their lives. We call our network of fosters and send an S.O.S. email to our volunteer list. We have limited information about the dogs in need. We might have a breed or breed mix guess, an age estimate, and we might have some indication of whether the dog would be good with other dogs or cats. We try to match foster families with foster dogs that will work for them. The duration of a fostering commitment can vary depending on multiple factors. An estimate might be between two weeks and several months. We always appreciate when our fosters are able to project ahead and  know that they will be able to keep their foster dog until a new home can be found. Once we have a commitment from a new foster, we coordinate delivering the dog to its foster home, and assisting helping everyone settle in together. It can take a day or two.

We expect our fosters to deal with some challenges, but if things are absolutely not working out we will move the foster dog to a new home. If the dog needs any medical attention, Indigo Rescue schedules the vet visit with our vet, and pays the bill. The foster family usually buys food, toys, and other necessities. We require foster families to keep the foster dog safe – inside and crated if necessary, and not left unattended in the back yard. We post the dogs on petfinder.com with input from the foster family who can tell us more about the dog’s temperament. It is the start of the process of making a good match for the dog with a new family.

We ask that the foster family tries to bring the foster dog to our adoption events for at least two hours so potential adopters can meet the dog. If a potential adopter inquires about the dog between outreach dates, we may work with you to coordinate another time to do a private meet. Indigo Rescue does all of the screening of potential adopters and delivers the dog to the new home. We are picky about adoptive homes and look for families that are prepared to meet the specific needs of the dog and that have been good to the other companion animals they’ve owned. The foster family has input in helping us decide which home/situation is best for the dog.

Questions?  Email us at info@indigorescue.org

Check out these examples of volunteer fun with Indigo Rescue!

Dog Wash Videos

Dog Wash Photos


Doin’ the dastardly deed


Gonna soak up the sun!


Claudia and Magg


Domino gets a bath


Grin and bear it


Sweet Spirit (paralyzed) gets a bath


Sasha is an annual customer who knows the drill


Dr. Mark after 35 nail trims

Santa Claws



Jewelry, Newsletters, Parades, etc.


Jewelry sorting and pricing…


Pat polishes silver for the sale


Sorting newsletters (and eating) at McMenamins.


At the Hillsboro Dog Parade.


Illi holds our all-important banner!


Kristen, the best raffle girl

Hangin’ with the dogs (and cats)!


Fiona and Jacob


Donnie with Solomon.


Allison and Meeko.


Gretchen with her foster puppies.


Holly with Dyce on a snowy day.


Jaye and Izzie.


Jennifer and Daliah.


Katherine with a very sleepy Tango.


Kelly with Edward.


Laura and Taylor.


Lorenzo, Koi and Amie.


Krissy with Enzo.


Kristen and Bonsai.


Mary Lou with Dexter.


Matt with Oscar.


Meghan with Kernan.


Sophia with Dorrie.


Stephanie and the boys.


Susan and Pierre.

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