Volunteer at LCAS
Thank you for your interest in our Volunteer Program. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers to help us provide outstanding care to all animals at Loudoun County Animal Shelter. LCAS offers several ways for interested individuals to donate their time, gain experience working with animals, learn more about animal welfare and work with others to improve the lives of animals in our community. If you are a parent looking for volunteer opportunities for a child between the ages of 10 and 15 years, please visit our Volunteer Apprentice Program page.
Adult Volunteer Program (ages 16 and up)
We are currently in need of volunteers to help with housekeeping, enrichment, and socialization for cats, dogs, and small pets. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Program Application. The Volunteer Coordinator will review your application and contact you prior to the next orientation with more details. (Please note: Orientations are held quarterly and dependent on animal population and shelter needs.) All volunteers begin by training in one area of interest and after 1 month may begin to train in additional roles. Adult volunteer requirements are:
- Must be at least 16 years old (certain roles require volunteers to be 18 years old).
- Must be able to volunteer for at least 8 hours per month for at least 6 months.
- Must be able to volunteer during LCAS operating hours.
- The shelter does not accept temporary volunteers or those needing to fulfill court ordered community service requirements.
- Must be able to attend one of the quarterly orientations and subsequent training.
Available Volunteer Positions:
Canine Volunteers improve the lives of shelter dogs while they are waiting for their new homes. Volunteers work with the Behavior Program Manager on training and enrichment for the dogs and assist with vital care and cleaning to make the dogs comfortable in their kennels. Strict adherence to LCAS cleaning and disease control policy is required.
Feline Volunteers spend quality time socializing, exercising and enriching the environment of the cats in the shelter. They are responsible for safely and compassionately handling the cats. Volunteers are responsible for assisting staff in ensuring that each cat’s kennel is clean and well maintained. Strict adherence to LCAS cleaning and disease control policy is required.
Small Animal Volunteers
Small Animal Volunteers cuddle, pet, play with and give attention to adoptable small animals (i.e. gerbils, ferrets, guinea pigs, geckos, etc.) at the shelter. These volunteers also assist staff in the maintenance and cleaning pertaining to these animals. Strict adherence to LCAS cleaning and disease control policy is required.
Paparazzi help to promote pets available for adoption by taking pictures and video for the shelter website and social media. These volunteers have a huge impact as pictures and videos are often the first impression an adopter has of an animal.
Customer Service Volunteer
Customer Service Volunteers are responsible for assisting the administrative division of LCAS. Volunteers write thank you letters, stuff envelopes, prepare adoption packets and do miscellaneous office jobs as needed. They will also support the LCAS front counter staff to greet and help customers.
Loudoun Pet Pantry
The Loudoun Pet Pantry is a partnership between LCAS, The Humane Society of Loudoun County and Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Its mission is to help keep pets in homes by assisting families in need with temporary, supplemental pet food for cats and dogs. Volunteers help to collect donated pet food, pack the food into kits for easy distribution and deliver food to Loudoun Interfaith relief on a bi-weekly basis.
Pets to Vets
Pets to Vets volunteers are responsible for transporting adopted dogs, cats and other animals to veterinarians for spaying, neutering or other medical attention. These animals will already be crated or leashed for the volunteer. Volunteers are responsible for the safety of all animals in their possession.
Special Event Team
Volunteers on the Special Event Team are responsible for staffing special events at the shelter and elsewhere. Volunteers will meet and great event attendees and answer questions about LCAS or pets. Special Event Volunteers must be outgoing and able to work with limited supervision.
For additional information please call 703-777-0406 or email the Volunteer Coordinator.
Other Resources for Volunteer Opportunities
Still want to help but none of these programs seems to fit? There are many other animal related volunteer opportunities in the area. Check out the links below to start your search: