Our volunteer program is dedicated to cultivating a capable volunteer community that is meaningfully engaged in achieving the mission of WCHS. When you volunteer, you won’t only be helping the animals, you’ll be helping yourself. Studies have shown that simply petting a cat or sharing time with a dog lowers blood pressure and stress levels. Regardless of how you volunteer, you will never find a more grateful and appreciative friend than an animal whose life you’ve touched.
Best Foot Forward (BFF)
Do you enjoy dogs? Looking to get some exercise? Then the Best Foot Forward dog walking program is for you! Give our adoptable dogs the attention and exercise they need. Dog walking is done Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8am – 12pm. Great opportunity for families, students, and retirees!
Feline Intervention Program (FIP)
Do you LOVE cats and enjoy socializing them? Volunteers are needed to play, groom, and hang out with our adoptable ADULT cats. No kittens participate in this program. Hours for the program are Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8am – 12pm.
Small Animals Program
WCHS has a variety of small animals that need handling and attention. Small animal volunteers take an adoptable small animal to a private room to exercise and be handled to help with the adoption floor jitters. Volunteers enrolled in the Small Animal Program should be comfortable with small animals of all kinds. Small animal knowledge preferred but other volunteers encouraged to apply. Program runs Monday through Saturday between 8am-12pm. Students 14-17 years old must be accompanied by a parent and adults 18 years and older are eligible for this program and are encouraged to send in a volunteer commitment form.
Share your love, compassion, and home with a special needs animal until a suitable home can be found. In exchange for caring for the animal, we provide all the necessary litter, food, equipment, and medication for each animal. We suggest having a room to quarantine animals from your pets/kids/etc. to ensure the safety and health of your household pet(s). Our Foster Care program requires a home visit from our Volunteer Coordinator. Click here for more information on Fostering.
Greet people as they arrive at the shelter and take them around to see our adoptable animals. Work with customers to match animals with suitable homes. Volunteers commit to one day per week. Hours are Monday 1pm – 7pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1pm – 5pm, or Wednesday 5pm – 8pm.
Post For Paws
Post for Paws is a new volunteer opportunity! Work from home in your spare time printing and posting flyers to get the word out about the various events and happenings at the shelter. Volunteers need a home computer and printer.
WCHS is invited to many community events throughout the year, especially in the summer months. Community Ambassadors attend these events on behalf of WCHS to raise awareness of the shelter, educate the public about WCHS and showcase one of our many amazing adoptable animals while attending these functions. Volunteers help for a period of 2-4 hours and typically the events are on Saturdays. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and have a vehicle to be a community ambassador.
Pet A Pet
Our Pet-A-Pet Therapy Program is a wonderful way to brighten up your day and the day of someone who needs your time and the love of your special pet. Consider sharing your favorite pet with residents of nursing homes and those with special needs. Once your pet is approved, volunteers are able to schedule the day and time each week the fits into their schedule. All Pet-A-Pet animals must be up-to-date on immunizations.
Reading With Rover
Spend time with a young reader at The West Bend Public Library along with your dog at our Reading with Rover program! Reading with Rover is an after school, weekly program for students to blend their love of animals with their interest of reading. The program is geared to elementary age students to encourage their love of reading by having a furry friend encouraging them every page of the way. If your dog is able to sit and relax while being pet and read to, Reading with Rover may be the perfect program for both of you.
Love to bake? WCHS has several fundraisers throughout the year and one way we make money is by having a bake sale. Bakers are asked to bake 5 dozen of their favorite cookies/bars or some breads, cakes, etc. Bakers must be able to deliver to WCHS or specified place where event will be held. This opportunity is a terrific way for families, girl scout troops, cub scouts and other student organizations where students need a few volunteer hours.
If you are interested in baking for one of our events or bake sales, please email our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and email to be added to the bakers distribution list. Be sure to add the email to your contacts so the emails can be received. When baked goods are needed, you will receive an email with the details of quantity, packaging instructions and delivery dates.
WCHS has several events in the summer and fall and we are always looking for volunteers to help. If you work and/or have limited time, but would like to help a couple times a year, special events may be a fit for you. This can involve anything from baking, making crafts, setting up and breaking down, and helping at the event. Scouts, school groups (14 years and older), and adults are a fit for various aspects of this opportunity.
Due to the size of our shelter, we cannot always accommodate all applicants, and some opportunities are limited. We take applicants based on our current shelter needs and volunteer positions available.