If you would like to potentially become a volunteer at the Washington Animal Rescue League and help homeless animals by walking and training dogs, socializing cats, counseling adopters and performing numerous other tasks at our Medical Center, please review the following:

  • Download and submit a volunteer application, which can be found at the bottom of the page
  • You will be contacted for a phone interview by the volunteer manager within a week of the time you submitted the application
  • We are looking for volunteers who can commit to 2 hours of service per week

You must be at least 12 years old to volunteer. Anyone between the ages of 12 through 17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will also become a volunteer. Those between the ages of 16 and 17 years old may work with our cats, administrative, and cleaning with out supervision.

Dog Walker*:  Volunteers provide socialization and vital exercise to keep dogs healthy and happy until their transition into new homes. The position requires willingness and ability to handle all breeds and sizes of dogs.

Cat Socializer*: Volunteers socialize cats and kittens with affection, interaction, and grooming to keep them content and healthy until their transition into new homes. The socialization enables the cats and kittens to thrive, both behaviorally and physically, in a shelter environment.

Greeter: Volunteers welcome visitors to the shelter on the weekends and answer basic questions to promote adoption and the League’s other services

Adoption Counselor*: Volunteers help patrons select a suitable animal. They answer questions, show animals, and make recommendations of appropriate animals. This position requires familiarity with the animals and their temperaments in addition to an understanding of WARL’s adoption procedures.

Development: Volunteers hand out information, collect donations, make phone calls to donors, and help with mailings.  Volunteers who have database skills, web maintenance skills, prospect research and special event coordination experience are also needed.

Adoption Event Coordinator*: Volunteers work with the volunteer manager and the adoptions manager to plan and execute offsite adoption events. They are there from start to finish and direct other volunteers.  Most events are on weekends and utilize one of the WARL vans.

Special Events*: Volunteers set up and break down equipment for special events, staff tables, sell raffle tickets, manage registration or sign-up tables, collect donations, etc.

Off-sites*: Volunteers represent WARL at stores and businesses by handing out information, showcasing available pets, collecting donations, and answering basic questions.

Medical Center: Volunteers assist the vets and techs with their daily duties with the health and well being of the animals. Volunteers also assist with the programs such as pit bull spay and neuter day, Feral Cat day, and many more.

Administrative: Volunteers provide support for a variety of tasks as directed by development department, executive director, volunteer manager, adoption manager, and/or kennel manager.

Fostering*: These volunteers must be 18 years old. They take special needs or under-socialized cats, dogs, puppies, or kittens into their homes for an average stay of 3-5 months. They also give more in depth attention to foster animal to help increase its adoptability. Most supplies and information are provided by WARL.

If you would like to find out more about how you can help dogs and cats by giving them a temporary place to stay in your home, please call the volunteer manager, Allison Schwartz, at 202-723-0038 or complete a foster volunteer application as found below. You can also go to our foster page by clicking here.

Foster Volunteer Application

Volunteer Application

(ages 18 years and older)

Junior Volunteer Application

(ages 12 to 17)

Volgistics Link for Existing Volunteers

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