Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
Q. What is the time commitment as a volunteer?
A. To work in either of our adoption centers we ask volunteers to commit to working a minimum of two shifts per month for a period of six months. If this does not suit your schedule, there are many other volunteer opportunities outside of the adoption center. All of our volunteer opportunities are listed here.
Q. When can I start?
A. Once you fill out an application, it will be reviewed and, depending on your interests and availability and WHS' current needs, you will be invited to sign up for an orientation. After orientation, you can decide where or in what capacity you’d like to help out. Those who wish to volunteer at the adoption centers must attend a phone interview and a new volunteer shift at the adoption center of their choosing. View our locations here.
Q. Is there a way that I can volunteer before the
A. You can help us distribute information about our Pet of the Week. Information about our Pet of the Week and the flyer can be found here.
Q. What kinds of things can I do as a volunteer?
A. As a volunteer, you can help at our Adoption and Outreach events, walk our dogs, cuddle our cats, keep our adoption centers sparkling, assist at our National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center, learn how to train our dogs and cats, and help with administrative tasks.
Q. How do I schedule my volunteer shifts?
A. Once you have completed an onsite training at one of our adoption centers, you will be given information about scheduling yourself through our online system, Volgistics. Volunteers are requested to log their volunteer hours.
Q. What should I wear to volunteer in the adoption centers?
A. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty - long pants and closed-toe shoes are required.
Q. Is there an age requirement for volunteers?
A. To volunteer through our general program, you must be 18 years of age or older. For volunteers under the age of 18, please click here for more information.
How can my group volunteer?
A. There are many ways your group can volunteer. Your group can help collect donations, sponsor an animal in one of our adoption centers, assist at one of our events, or make a Dog Tug Braid. Your group may also be interested in fostering an animal or hosting your own fundraiser or "yappy hour." All details on group volunteering can found here.
Q. Can I fulfill court ordered community service at WHS?
A. Yes but there is a separate application process for community service requests. Please complete the application found here.