Volunteers – We Need Your Help!

How: Complete an application online and then sign up for an orientation session! The application can be found above; click the orange button that says “Volunteer Application.”

Give staff time to review your application and then we will reach out to you as soon as possible with more info on volunteering and Orientation Session dates. 

Here are some of the ways you can help after you become a volunteer:

  • Walking dogs and practicing good manners
  • Socializing cats
  • Enrichment – filling and dispensing kongs
  • Daily feeding/cleaning
  • Litterbox changing
  • Washing dishes
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning facility
  • Grooming
  • Front Desk Duties
  • Taking pictures/videos
  • Writing bios for animals
  • Transport of animals
  • Mowing lawn/groundskeeping


  1. Above all, you must approach all animals in our care with kindness and respect.
  2. You need to complete a volunteer application (it’s easy!) and sign a waiver of liability. Volunteers are trained in specific areas of their interest by our team members.
  3. You must be willing to comply with all rules outlined by staff whether in writing or verbally.
  4. Volunteers aged 16-17 may volunteer without a parent or legal guardian if a waiver is signed by a legal guardian.
  5. Volunteers aged 12-15 are welcome to volunteer when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or approved adult supervisor. This age group is not permitted to walk dogs but may handle cats with an adult supervisor and may assist in most other volunteer opportunities.
  6. For the safety of all, we cannot accommodate volunteers under the age of 12 in our facility. We encourage young kids to help the animals in creative ways off site – e.g. making bandanas that say adopt me, fundraising, creating toys for the pets in our care, etc.

We are so grateful for the support our community has shown. Volunteers enable WCHS to save more lives and improve the quality of well-being for the animals while in our care. We are always in need of committed volunteers.

Thank you for sharing your skills, time, and heart with the companion animals that need us most!