Volunteering at the Shelter
How to Apply:
Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. New volunteers must commit to six hours per month for at least six months. After the initiail six months, volunteers must complete six hours per month to remain active. College students interested in summer internships may apply for a shorter term.
Applications are processed bi-monthly in January, March, May, July, September and November.
Orientations approximately every month.
- Complete and mail an application to the Shelter by mail to Volunteers, 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, Va 22030 or email email@example.com
- Staff will review the application and submit it for a criminal background check. Background checks are pass/fail and ,by law, staff members cannot discuss any detailed information. Citizens may request their own criminarl history information via the Virginia State Police.
- Applicants that pass the criminal background check will be invited for an interview.
- After the interview, the selected applicants will be contacted for an orientation.
- The selected applicant will read and sign a liability/photo waiver prior to volunteering.
- The selected applicant will attend training and have a one-on-one training session with a volunteer mentor.
- Become an official Shelter volunteer. Volunteers schedule themselves online and work at their scheduled time.
All training for following positions is provided by Shelter staff and other volunteers.
Cat Room Volunteer: Socialize and provide enrichment for cats available for adoption. Conduct visitations with potential adopters druing open hours. Help adopters find the right match.
Dog Kennel Volunteer: Socialize and walk dogs available for adoption. Conduct visitations with potentail adopters during open hours. Help adopters find the right match.
Small Dog Volunteer: Socialize and
walk our smaller shelter residents; 30 pounds and under. Teach tricks and
provide enrichment through group and individual
in our on-site exercise areas.
Small Animal Caretaker: Socialize
rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. Provide enrichment through
food, games and toys. Groom and pamper our smallest residents.
Conduct visitations with potential adopters during open hours. Help adopters find the right match.
Groomer: Help dogs, cats and small animals get ready for their new home. Use our state-of-the-art grooming suite to give batch, clip nails, spoil and pamper animals who have often never had "the luxury" of a bath.
Front Office Assistant: Greet
Shelter visitors. Help fron office staff with customer service,
redemption and adoptions. Answer phone and in-person inquiries about the
Sell dog licenses. Educate the public about Shelter programs, events and adoptable animals.
Greeter/Educator: Weekends are busy at the Shelter; we need outgiong individuals to help guide visitors, provide information and serve a the first point of contact for those entering the building. Greeters will also answer inquiries and help educate the public about Shelter programs, events and adoptable animals.
Medical Assistant: Gain valuable experience and learn about Shelter medicine by working with our Foster Care Coordinator and Caretaker staff members. Schedule vaccinations for foster parents, provide health care and bottle feeding for neo-natal kittens and teach other volunteers about caring for kittens and adoptable animals with special health needs.
Home Visitation Expert: Foster parents and pit bull adopters are required to undergo a home visit by a qualified staff person or volunteer. Become on of the Shelter's trusted Home Visitation Experts. This dedicated group travels to homes throughout the County, checking to ensure that Shelter pets are going into suitable homes.
Pit Crew Volunteer: If you love Pit bulls and bully breeds, become part of our new "Pit Crew." This group of volunteers focuses on training and socializing Pit Bulls and Pit mixes. Help with fostering, training, exercising and all aspects of the adoption for Pit Bulls and bully breeds.
Special Events: Assist at adoption events at malls, parks and businesses around Fairfax County and the greater D.C. region. Answer questions about the Shelter, introduced potential adopters to Shelter pets and help spread the word about the programs and opportunities at the Shelter.
Garden/Landscaping Volunteer: Help beautify the Shelter grounds by planing flowers and shrubs around the building. Help plan, plant and maintain the pet-friendly Shelter garden.
Group Volunteer Programs/Projects: Groups of teens and adults who would like to volunteer on one particular project (i.e. a dog walk, an outreach event) should contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.