Volunteer at LCAS

Loudoun County Animal Services is extremely grateful for the amazing community support we receive every day. Our volunteers are dedicated people from all parts of the county, who donate thousands of hours of personal time every year to help the animals of Loudoun County.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old (certain roles require volunteers to be 18 or 21 years old).
  • Children ages 10-15 volunteering with a parent/guardian can volunteer with our Volunteer Apprentice Program 
  • 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.
  • Must be able to attend one of the quarterly orientations and subsequent training.

*The shelter does not accept temporary volunteers or those needing to fulfill court ordered community service requirements.

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Attend a volunteer information session! Volunteer information sessions are held monthly at county libraries. Once you have attended an information session, the volunteer coordinator will provide you with information on orientation and getting started.

The next volunteer information session will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m in the large meeting room at Rust Library in Leesburg.

Available Volunteer Positions:

Canine Volunteer 

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 Volunteer 

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.

Pet Paparazzi 

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: