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.

Short-Term and One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Read to Shelter Pets

The animals at the shelter greatly enjoy having quiet company, not only does it help them feel better and more comfortable in the shelter environment, it also can help them get adopted faster. Bring your own book/e-reader/phone and spend some quality time providing quiet company to an adoptable animal!  

At-Home Projects to Help Animals

Are you interested in helping animals in Loudoun County but you need service hours quickly or can’t make the commitments required of an onsite volunteer? The projects on our Volunteer Project Ideas page can be completed at home and brought to the shelter any time we are open for business.

The LCAS Volunteer Program

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Our volunteer program opens monthly for new volunteers to sign up. The sign-up link opens on the 1st of the month and stays open for 48 hours or until all spots have been taken for the month. Please read through the volunteer requirements below and then fill out an interest form using the link below.

  • Fill out an interest form. (Note: the link opens on the first of each month and remains open for 48 hours or until we reach capacity for monthly signups.)

How Do I Become a Foster?

Our fosters help us save lives every day! Foster orientations are held throughout the year. Foster orientations are open to anyone interested in fostering animals however our highest needs are fosters for adult dogs (40lbs+), kittens with and without moms, fearful adult cats, pregnant small animals and pregnant cats. 

  1. Volunteer Requirements
  2. Available Volunteer Positions
  3. Apprentice Program (10-15yrs)

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 commit to a weekly 2 hour shift.
  • Must be able to volunteer during LCAS operating hours.
  • Must be able to attend orientation and subsequent training.

*Those needing to fulfill court-ordered community service requirements should email the department for information on the court-ordered community service program.


For additional information please call 703-777-0406 or email the Volunteer Coordinator.