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Interested in talking to someone about how you can help?

Contact Kim Kuenlen
530 268-1600

You can help right now by making a donation.
Amount of Contribution:
We are in need of volunteers in the Bay Area!
If you are interested in fostering an Aussie contact Kim.

Will you offer your talents to help our organization?
We have opportunities to:
Help with Fundraising and Grant Writing
Become a Special Volunteer
What is involved in being a foster home?
Fill out the Foster Home Application below.
Become a sponsor or make a contribution

Contact Kim for more information about how to help. If you don't see something that interests you, but you still want to help, ask us about other potential ways that you can help these wonderful dogs.

Help with Fundraising and Grant Writing
We need help researching private foundations who may help us in our mission. If you have experience in either foundation research or grant writing contact Kim at or call 530 268-1600

Become a Special Volunteer
Besides fostering, grants and fundraising, we need volunteers for book-keeping, home checks, transportation, or helping with events. When you are caring for this many dogs, there are many details that need attention and it's sometimes hard to get it all done. If you would be willing to sign up to be a special volunteer , we will add you to our list of folks we call for help.

What Is Foster Care?
Foster care makes rescue possible!
You may have these dogs for as little as 3 weeks, or as long as 4 months. Your job is to:
  • help the rescue volunteer evaluate temperaments (most important),
  • give the dog attention and training if possible,
  • and make the dog a part of your family for as long as the dog is in your care.
  • You must be able to cope with the possibility that your rescue volunteer will take a dog and put it to sleepalways for a good reason, never because we couldn't place the dog.

What You Need To Foster A Rescue Dog
These are the essentials needed and your rescue volunteer can discuss the nice to have stuff with you also.
  • If a fenced yard is to contain an Aussie it needs to be an appropriate height.
  • If it has a gate, it must be lockable and be locked at all times when the rescue dog is in the yard. This is to prevent someone from opening the gate and either getting bitten by the dog (Aussies are protective, remember) or the dog getting loose and getting run over or worse.
  • Kennel runs must be secure, able to be locked and shaded with water available at all times.
  • AND the dogs have plenty of family and one on one time.
  • Crates are an important piece of equipment to rescue people, and the Vari Kennel #400 or larger is invaluable for transporting and isolating dogs.

If you are still interested, please fill out the form below and Kim will contact you. Thank you for your interest in providing these dogs loving foster homes!

We strongly prefer that you use the online web form below, but a printable form is available for mailing or faxing. The form is available as a PDF (portable document format). To read or print a PDF file, you will need Adobe's Acrobat program , which is free of charge.

Foster Home Application
About You
* Name
* Home Phone * Work Phone
* Email
* Address
* City * State * Zip
Best time to call: Your Occupation:
How long have you been involved with dogs?
List breeds you've had experience with:
What type of experience have you had and for what length of time?
Experience with other animals?

List a person who is active in the dog community and is knowledgeable about your care of dogs.
(trainer, vet, breeder, handler, dog care professional).
Reference Name
Reference Phone Alternate Phone
Reference Email
City State Zip

Dogs already in your household:
(List breed, sex, altered)
Other pets in household?
Children in your household:
(List ages and sex):
How many and what sex of dogs will you foster at one time?
Length of time you are willing to foster?

Types of Confinement You Can Provide (when needed)
Do you have a fenced yard? Yes    No
Fence Height: Fence Type:
Do you have a separate kennel run? Yes    No
Kennel height: Kennel size:
Do you have at least one dog crate of appropriate size for an aussie? Yes    No
Amount of time per day and when dog(s) will be crated:
How many hours a day would the foster dog be without humans?
Additional Comments:

Important!: In consideration of NorCal Aussie Rescue, acceptance of my services as a Rescue Volunteer, Foster Home, or Special Volunteer, I agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, and legal representatives forever release and shall not make a claim against, sue, or attach the property of the NorCal Aussie Rescue, its officers, directors, volunteers, committee members, members, employees, agents, heirs, successors and assigns for any actions, causes of actions, suits, liabilities, claims, demands, damages or causes of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether presently existing or arising in the future, whether known or unknown, which arise out of or are based upon any fact, matter, claim or thing involving my services as a volunteer. I agree to indemnify and defend NorCal Aussie Rescue, its officers, directors, volunteers, committee members, members, employees, agents, heirs, successors and assigns against and save them harmless from any and all demands, claims, causes of action, or judgments, and any and all expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys fees) incurred in investigating or resisting the same, for injury to person, loss of life, or damage to property occurring during the term of my services as a Rescue Volunteer, Foster Home, or Special Volunteer, and until all applicable statutes of limitation expire, arising out of any act, omission, or neglect of NorCal Aussie Rescue, its officers, directors, volunteers, committee members, members, employees, agents, heirs, successors and assigns.

By submitting this application, I declare that all of the above information I have given is true and complete.

I agree to foster with these terms and conditions. Yes    No
To verify you're a human: I have a sister named Liz and a brother named Tom. Which is my female sibling?
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