About the different usergroups on RHU:
Thanks for joining RHU! Please come and say 'Hi' in the New Members Introductions
section so we can get to know you... you can say as little or as much as you like!
If you're new to RHU or forums in general, you'll want to take a look at your User Control Panel
and familiarise yourself with the tools there (on the left there is a list of things you can do such as create a private message, manage your subscribed threads etc.)
The volunteer databases
We use the volunteer databases to keep a record of what people can help with in each area. The databases are organised by county and within each county there are sections for homechecking, transporting, fostering & microchipping.
Once your details are listed in the database we will contact you via private message any time a rescue requests help in your area.
» Add your details to the volunteer databases
(*If you're unsure on how to add your info don't worry as this will be done for you if you've answered yes to the transporting, homechecking or fostering questions in your user profile)
Please fill in the counties and sections in which you can offer assistance. Please note that you do
need to fill out a template for each different service (home check, transport, fostering)
If you are temporarily unavailable
(e.g. ill health, car off the road etc.) or no longer able to help for any reason please add a note to your profile
and/or contact staff
so that we can change your database entry accordingly (if possible please send a link to the database entries to help us to do it quicker.)
If you're new to homechecking and want to get some experience, post in the tag-along needed thread and
we'll do our best to match you up with an experienced homechecker in your area who can take you along on a homecheck
(*Note: Sorry, due to high demand we have struggled to keep on top of the tag-alongs needed thread.
Please post on any specific homechecks needed in your area and let us know you'd like to tag-along. Let us know if you'd like to sign up for email notifications of homechecks in your area. We do have plans to improve this system as soon as possible.)
OR - browse the homechecks needed
section to see if any are being in organised in your area, and post on the thread to ask if you could tag-along.
If possible, please tag-along on at least a couple of homechecks before going solo.
After the homecheck - important notes
Once the homecheck is done it's important that you forward on the homecheck report details as soon as possible (most rescues will provide a sheet for you to fill in) either by post or email. It's important to be quick as sometimes adopters will go elsewhere if they're kept waiting, and this could mean an animal missing out on a new home.
It's also important that you keep all personal details private including the name and address of the adopters and the results of the homecheck. Due to data protection requirements these details should not be shared with anyone except the rescue that has requested the homecheck. Only share details with third parties if you are sure that the rescue and the adopter has agreed with this.
- More info about homechecking
- Member discussion & suggestions about homechecking
If you offer assistance on a transport run, please ensure you have all relevant details before commencing the run. You should have all details from any transporter that you are meeting such as vehicle details, meeting points etc. Please also check that you are following the Rescue's guidelines for safe transporting.
- More info about transporting
If you're new to RHU and are interested in fostering, you can browse the 'Fostering needed
' section to see if there's any suitable animals that you can help (many can be transported so don't worry if they're not in your immediate local area).
You can also put up a post in the 'Volunteer Help Offered
' section to let rescues know you're on the look out to foster.
Also, if you take a look in the rescue directory
you can contact rescues in your local area to let them know you'd like to foster.
Feel free to ask if you have any other queries, we're here to help
All fosterers need to be homechecked
If you wish to become a fosterer you will need to have a successful home check first. Usually rescues will organise this as and when required. You can also ask for one yourself in the volunteer help offered
section, but please note that some rescues will require a fresh homecheck to be done prior to fostering for them, especially if it's been a while since the original homecheck.
It is the responsibility of any member who offers to foster any animal to ensure that the Rescue has full insurance cover for you, the animals in your care and the premises where the animals are kept, for example, your own home. It is your responsibilty to check that the Rescue you are fostering for has the proper procedures in place.
Fostering is a rewarding but sometimes emotional job and you should think carefully before offering your home as a foster home to ensure that it is right for you and your family.
- More info about fostering
There's some more information and tips about dog fostering at FosterDogs.co.uk
For every transport, homecheck, foster etc. volunteers undertake via RHU, you can have an RHU Case Point added to your profile.
If you've taken part in a rescue case via RHU you can post here to have an RHU Case Point added to your profile (RHU staff will add the point for you)
Note: RHU Case Points are just for fun and shouldn't be taken too seriously. It's a way of keeping track of your cases and showing other members of the community how many times you've been able to help an animal via RHU.