A Shelter Full of Hope and Promise

Shelter Volunteering

Shelter Volunteers (18+) play an integral part in the daily operations and our animal’s lives, from the basics of animal care and shelter operations to animal enrichment and dog walking.

Anyone interested in becoming a Shelter Volunteer must complete the Volunteer Application and attend one of our Volunteer Orientations before being able to sign up for shifts.

Once trained, there are a variety of positions that a Shelter Volunteer can sign up for:


In order to offer the best experience for you and the animals, a regular commitment will be required to stay active as a Shelter Volunteers. 

If a volunteer in inactive for TWO MONTHS, they will be removed from the program and must re-apply.


Volunteering is rewarding! Compete with your fellow volunteers for the coveted title and certificate of Volunteer of the Month or ask us for a reference letter! You will be the guests of honor at our Volunteer Appreciation party and earn endless bragging rights, but the best part will be the special relationships that you form with the animals at WAG!

Shelter Volunteer Positions:

Opening Assistant

8:00 am to 9:00 am

  • Assist with feeding of breakfast of the cats, providing fresh water
  • Doing dishes and laundry
  • Emptying & washing litter boxes
  • Assisting staff with cleaning of cat rooms (With clean blankets, fresh water, toys, litter box, etc)
  • Other cleaning (May include vacuuming, dusting/etc)
  • Assisting staff with any other tasks needed

Closing Assistant

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

  • Assisting with feeding cats dinner, providing fresh water
  • Spot clean litter boxes
  • Dishes and laundry
  • Other cleaning (May include vacuuming, dusting/etc)
  • Assisting staff with any other tasks needed

Dog Enrichment

10:00 am to 11:00 am, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, or 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

  • General cleaning tasks
  • Interaction with dogs: handling, grooming, hand feeding, etc
  • Physical stimulation (walking, fetch)
  • Socialization (play, cuddles, story time)
  • Hand feeding or treat training
  • Mental games, stimulation
  • Monitoring of dog behavior and communicating with staff

Cat Enrichment

11:00 am to 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Grooming/brushing of cats
  • Treat training exercises
  • Socialization (play, cuddles, story time)
  • Minor cleaning of the cat rooms
  • Monitoring cat behavior/progress and reporting to staff