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BECOME A VOLUNTEER

The Prince William Animal Control Bureau is always seeking volunteers to work with the Prince William County Animal Shelter.

Volunteer functions include the following:

  • Dog walking, exercise, and enrichment
  • Cleaning and sanitizing dog runs, and animal enclosures
  • Greeting and managing the foot traffic of visitors

The Prince William County Animal Control Bureau does not offer any type of volunteering for credit, short-term, court-appointed, or youth volunteering opportunities. 

NOT ALL APPLICANTS WILL QUALIFY.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • MUST be at least 18 years old.
  • Volunteers and Fosters must have no adult record of a criminal conviction.  Criminal history check is required.
  • Be able to commit to a regular or semi-regular rotation for a minimum of 4 hours per month, for a minimum of 8 consecutive months.
  • Have access to email and a computer to manage your volunteer schedule and receive updates.
  • Possess the ability to squat or stoop or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Have the ability to tolerate a loud environment due to animal noises.
  • Have the ability to tolerate strong and unpleasant odors, the presence of fleas, ticks, and/or feces.
  • Be aware of the possibility of exposure to zoonotic diseases such as ringworm, giardia, scabies, etc.
  • Be able to work with little to no supervision once trained.
  • Be able to engage with volunteers, staff, and members of the public with courtesy and respect.

Dog Volunteers must be able to control large dogs who may be untrained/pull/jump etc.  This task requires physical strength, quick reflexes, dexterity, and confidence.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION


BECOME A FOSTER

The goal of our Foster Program is to save lives, free up kennel space for other needy animals, shorten the duration of stay, and improve the overall health and quality of life for the animals at the Prince William County Animal Shelter. Fosters provide both physical and mental rehabilitation for the animals in their care. Our foster program prioritizes cats and dogs with a variety of special needs so that they can get one on one and specialized care that the everyday shelter environment cannot provide. Routine medical needs, sick, and well visits are fulfilled at the shelter by staff and Shelter Veterinarian. Fosters must have the flexibility and ability to transport the foster pet to and from the Shelter as needed, and sometimes on short notice to the shelter for exams, medical care, and supplies. At this time we only seek Foster Care for animals that are (for a variety of reasons) not yet available, or eligible for adoption. Animals are only in Foster Care until they are ready/able to be adopted. Healthy, adoptable animals are generally not candidates for Foster Care.   If you have room in your home and in your heart - please consider Fostering.

FOSTER APPLICATION

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SHORT-TERM, COURT-ORDERED, OR YOUTH VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES, YOU MAY FIND THOSE TYPES OF OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH VOLUNTEER PRINCE WILLIAM. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER IS UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THESE TYPES OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES.