Become a Volunteer
WCHS volunteers are a very important part of our team. They help our staff provide loving care to our animals by performing a wide range of tasks – everything from helping feed and socialize pets to helping support our fundraising events. As a WCHS volunteer, you will make a real difference for our shelter pets. And what could be more fun than spending a few hours with some wonderful critters?
Shelter volunteers are asked to commit to a set schedule of two hours per week for a minimum of six months. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to work independently. Volunteers must be able to follow verbal and written instructions without assistance.
Complete an Application
The first step towards becoming a WCHS volunteer is to complete our Online Volunteer Application. You may also call or stop in to the shelter to request an application.
Attend Volunteer Orientation
If your application is approved, the next step in the process is to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session. These informational meetings take place monthly. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule you for the next available orientation.
Complete Volunteer Training
The WCHS volunteer program is based on a level system. After completing the orientation, you will be scheduled for Level I training. All volunteers start at Level I. This allows volunteers time to become comfortable with our facility and staff while assisting with various cleaning and administrative duties.
After completing Level I, volunteers meet with the Volunteer Coordinator to decide where they would most enjoy working and put their skills to best use. Options include Dog Walker, Animal Care Assistant, Cat or Rabbit Socializer, or Front Desk Assistant. Level II volunteers must commit to a regular schedule for 6 months minimum.
From there, volunteers interested in becoming “experts” can advance to Level III to assist in the Animal Care Department or socialize with cats and dogs who need additional support prior to being adopted. Advancement throughout the volunteer program is based upon additional training that ensures the volunteer is ready for greater responsibility in handling animals.