We always need help!

Below is a list of volunteer ‘jobs’ we very much need help with. If you decided you would like to volunteer (and we hope you do!) please submit a Volunteer Application and we will contact you. Thanks! Due to liability, all volunteers must be 18 years or older.


Shelter Help (dog walkers * kennel support * shelter enrichment)

Our dogs LOVE to go on walks! If you have spare time between 8:30-11:30 Monday through Sunday, please consider spending it walking a rescue dog!

Sponsor A Dog Program

Because NMAR sticks with a dog until adoption we have many that stay with us for a long time. We want to encourage monthly sponsorship of these dogs, so we can have funds to properly care for them. This includes marketing the program, keeping track of sponsors, sending them updated photos and write ups on occasion. This would comprise of 6-8 hours monthly.

Rescue Dog Photographer

Have a knack for photography? Want to apply your skills to help rescue dogs find their forever homes? Consider volunteering your time to take pictures of our awesome rescue dogs! Good quality pictures help dogs find their forever homes faster!

Fundraising and Grant Writing

Do you have fundraising/development experience? We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and passionate about helping homeless dogs to help us raise money by pursuing and obtaining funds from foundations, corporations, individuals and government sources by grant writing, annual appeals, events and strategic campaigns.

Doggy Dates

During the summer, we tend to not have many adoption events scheduled for the safety of our dogs and volunteers. Due to this, many of our dogs do not get the outside exposure they would normally get from going to events. We would love for our dogs to get some outside time, so don’t forget about our Doggy Dates! In order to take one of our awesome dogs on a Doggy Date, we ask that you volunteer in the shelter at least once so you can meet our dogs and find the best match! Take one of our rescue dogs to Starbuck to enjoy a puppiccino, take a hike at the Whitewater Center or grab a beer at one of the many dog friendly breweries near our rescue!

Bully Breed Website Page

We need people to write and submit information for our Bully Breed page that is in creation. We want factual information regarding the breed, current event information (such as any upcoming breed restrictive legislation), happy photos of adopted dogs, etc… As you know NMAR loves the bullies and would like to do more to promote education and adoption of these dogs.

Junior Volunteers

At NMAR we do require that all volunteers handling dogs and in our shelter, be at least 18 years old due to liability reasons. However, we know the interest in helping homeless animals comes from people of all ages! We’ve created a Junior Volunteer program just for that reason! This is especially great for teens under the age of 18 needing community service hours and to help homeless dogs at the same time! For more information on this program please visit our Junior Volunteer page.

Transport Help

We have two facilities and dogs in foster care. We often need help transporting dogs from Asheville to Charlotte. If you are traveling that way and can add a dog in your car, please send us an email.