We are looking for passionate individuals who want to make a difference. There are many opportunities to help! We need volunteers to assist with fundraisers, adoptions, transporting animals, administrative tasks, marketing/social media, special events & more. Read more about our open volunteer positions below and then fill out our application!
We are also 100% foster based. This means we cannot rescue an animal unless we have a foster home to place them. We are looking for fosters who will care for dogs, cats, kittens, and small animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs. Can you open your heart and home to an animal in need? Read our foster guidelines for more information on fostering and then fill out the application! *Fosters must be CT residents*
Meet Jen! Jen is our founder and serves as President on our Board of Directors. She coordinates with local animal control and owner surrenders for all animals we take into the rescue, finding them placement with one of our awesome fosters. Jen moderates our website, Facebook and Instagram, promoting the animals in our care. Jen and her family also foster, taking home many of our small animals & dogs until they’re adopted. In addition to all of her work with the rescue, Jen is employed full time as an assistant behavior analyst, consulting within CT schools.
Meet Kevin! Kevin is one of the founding members of the rescue. He serves as Vice President on our Board of Directors. He volunteers his time by fostering, transporting animals, and helps at our community events. As Jen’s husband, he’s involved in all the day to day operations of the rescue. In addition to volunteering, Kevin is employed full time at RHAM Middle School as a Heath/PE teacher & coach.
Meet MaryEllen! She has served as Secretary on our Board of Directors since the rescue was founded. MaryEllen reviews all adoption & foster applications, calling to speak with references and interviewing potential pet parents. She is also our go to when we need information on pet care, researching for us so we are knowledgeable about the needs of our animals. MaryEllen is our lead foster for Guinea pigs, taking care of our mom, babies, & special skinny pigs. MaryEllen is an integral part of everything we do.
Meet Sue! Sue has served as Treasurer on our Board of Directors for the past year. She’s behind the scenes, making sure our ledger is balanced and we keep to our budget. Sue volunteers at our events and fundraisers. When she is not helping the rescue, Sue is enjoying her retirement by playing pickle ball, riding her motorcycle, and spending lots of time with her beloved dog Genna.
Meet Karen! Karen joined our Board of Directors in 2023 after fostering and volunteering for us. She’s a huge asset to our team, as her full time job involves fundraising for a nonprofit! Karen brings this experience to the board and has helped us plan events. Karen is a huge pet lover, with 4 rescued dogs and 2 cats!
🌟 FOSTER SPOTLIGHT 🌟
We’d like to give a shout-out to another awesome foster, Jennifer. She’s been helping us out with a variety of our small animals for over 1 year! We asked Jennifer to share about her experience and here’s what she had to say:
Why did you become a foster for BBBR?
“I love ALL animals and wanted to help the Rescue mission. With our 2 rescued dogs and 4 cats (in addition to the 4 humans) in our small Cape, dog or cat fostering would be overwhelming. Instead, I decided to do a Google search for "smaller", caged animals, and up popped Boomer's!!!”
How long have you been fostering?
“Since June 2022!”
What do you like best about fostering?
“Having the opportunity to engage with these animals. When I get to meet and hold a rescue for the 1st time, I feel like a child on Christmas morning! It also warms my heart to get updates from adopters! I love hearing about how my former fosters are flourishing in their furever homes.”
What has been the most challenging part?
“Turning down foster opportunities, such as pregnant pups.”
Many times, people say they can’t foster because they couldn’t let them go. What helps you say goodbye to your foster?
“Having confidence in the screening/application process. Jen is determined in finding loving homes. Seeing the post-adoption updates is the icing on the cake!”
What advice would you give anyone interested in fostering?
“Do it! We can all make time to help. It costs no money, as all supplies are provided. As long as you have a safe place for the animals, and some kindness to give, you can better the lives of these innocent creatures.”
Thank you to Jennifer and her family for being an integral part of our foster team. ♥️♥️
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