Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
Q. What is the time commitment as a volunteer?
A. We would like to have volunteers spend as much time with us as possible. To that end, volunteers can self-schedule themselves as often as they’d like. We only ask that volunteers make a commitment to the mission of WHS and our animals. You can learn more about our mission here.
Q. When can I start?
A. Once you fill out an Application, you’ll need to attend a Volunteer Orientation. After orientation, you can decide where or in what capacity you’d like to help out. Those that wish to volunteer at the adoption centers must attend a training 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. Volunteers are requested to log their volunteer hours.
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.
Q. 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."