Volunteers play an essential role in our organization, and we deeply appreciate everyone who chooses to donate their time and energy to our cause.

By volunteering with us, you will be making a lasting impact in the lives of our furry friends, bringing them comfort, and joy, and increasing their opportunities to find their forever homes.

At Happy Yappers, there is a wide range of activities that you can get involved in. Whether it’s assisting with adoption events, socializing with our adorable residents, or helping out behind the scenes, there is something for everyone to contribute to their unique skills and interests!

Pop-Up Adoption Days

Our Pop-Up Adoption Days give families the wonderful opportunity to meet our dogs in person at local markets.

Volunteers play a crucial role in helping us take care of our puppies and walking the older dogs around the market giving them more exposure and facilitating interactions with potential adopters. By doing this, you will help increase the chances of our dogs finding their forever homes.

Be sure to follow our social media pages to stay up-to-date on the dogs attending each Pop-Up and the event dates.

If you would like to arrange a Pop-Up Adoption Day in your area, please contact us for more information.

Assisting with home checks

Home checks are a crucial part of our adoption process as they ensure that our furry friends are placed in safe and secure homes.

As a volunteer, you will be responsible for visiting potential adopters’ homes and checking that the living conditions meet our standards. You will receive a comprehensive checklist to guide you through the process, which includes important requirements such as:

  • vaccination and sterilization of all current dogs,
  • pool coverage or fencing,
  • secure walls or fences, outdoor shelter or cover, and
  • appropriate yard size in relation to the dog’s size.

It’s important to emphasize that our dogs are considered indoor pets and are cherished as integral members of their adoptive families. We only place them in homes where they will be treated with love, care, and the understanding that they are not meant to be outdoor guard dogs.

By conducting these home checks, you will play a crucial role in safeguarding our furry friends and ensuring they are placed in loving and suitable forever homes.

We are currently in urgent need of volunteers to assist with home checks in Johannesburg, specifically in the east, south, and Pretoria areas.

Visiting the dogs at the shelter

Come and join us at our shelter and spend some quality time with our adorable doggies!

You can help provide them with much-needed company, exercise, and stimulation, which can greatly increase their chances of finding their forever homes.

There are various activities you can do with our furry friends, including taking them for a walk, playing with them, and even teaching them some basic commands like “sit” and “paw”. You can also assist with keeping their runs tidy and comfortable until they find their forever homes.

Every moment you spend with our dogs will make a big difference in their lives. So, if you have some free time and love dogs, please join us and be a part of our loving team that takes care of them.

Photography and Video Production

Volunteers in our Photography and Video Production team play a vital role in capturing the unique personalities of our rescue doggies and showcasing the impactful work we do at our organization.

We need assistance in capturing footage of:


We rely on volunteers to help us transport our doggies to and from their foster homes and vet appointments around Joburg. By volunteering to drive the dogs, you’ll be playing a crucial role in ensuring they receive the necessary care and attention they need.

If you have access to a vehicle and can spare some time, even if it’s just once, it would be greatly appreciated. Please reach out to us if you’re interested in helping with transportation.


Join us in raising funds to support our cause! There are several ways you can contribute and help us:

  • Organize a dog food and blanket drive! Gather friends, neighbors, or co-workers and collect essential items such as dog food, blankets, dog shampoo, cleaning/disinfectant products, and dog toys.
  • Sponsorship drive: reach out to local businesses and individuals to secure sponsorships for our shelter.
  • Organize a team-building activity at our shelter. Spend some quality time with our beautiful doggies, engage in fun and interactive sessions, and create lasting memories.
  • Assist with research and grant writing.

With your support, we can continue to provide necessary care, food, and shelter to our furry friends until they find their forever homes.