VOLUNTEERING - The precious gift of time
Volunteers are critical parts of non-profits throughout the world, including here at WCHS. Our volunteers not only help to lighten the load of our staff, but by donating their time and talents, volunteers ensure that shelter operations can progress to a new level by assisting in socializing the animals, cleaning the shelter and helping at events and fundraisers. Staff and volunteers work together not only in animal care giving, but also in sharing the WCHS mission throughout the shelter and the community.
When you join WCHS as a volunteer you will become part of a team working to make our community a safer and more humane place for all living creatures. Each time you leave the shelter you will be rewarded in knowing that you’ve created one more wagging tail, a purr and a smile.
Descriptions for these positions can be found on the “Adult Opportunities” page. If you are interested in either of these positions, please complete a volunteer application and the Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with you. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer for these positions.
If an orientation is scheduled, it will take place in person at our off-site facility very close to the shelter. Masks will be required.
For Foster Care applicants: After orientation is complete, a home visit will be scheduled. This will be done virtually via FaceTime, Zoom, or a similar program. If a virtual home visit is not possible due to technology limitations, the Volunteer Coordinator will communicate with you about the protocol for an in-person home visit.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator with any questions.
Due to COVID-19: all new volunteer orientations and training sessions are on hold. In order to become a WCHS volunteer, an in-person orientation is required. That is followed-up by training sessions with a current WCHS volunteer. We sincerely appreciate your interest in getting involved and spending your time helping our animals. With everything going on, it has impacted our process for onboarding new volunteers. We hope that you understand and will keep us in mind for the future! Please watch for updates on this page as to when we will be accepting new volunteers again. You are welcome to complete and submit a volunteer application in the meantime and can reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator if you have any questions.