Volunteer Opportunities: Time and Talent Needed


Friends of Homeless Animals needs volunteers to fulfill our mission of saving abandoned, abused and neglected companion animals. Opportunities include, but aren't limited to, dog walking, cat care and socialization, adoption shift workers, home visits, pet photography, animal bio writers, marketing, advertising, fundraising events, working at the Treasure Hound and much more. We are always looking for more volunteers to help FOHA  rescue and place more pets. Whatever your talent, skill or desire, we can use your help! Join our friendly and fun group of dedicated volunteers and make a difference.

Fill out our Online Volunteer Application Here

Please see the FOHA Volunteers Opportunities Guide for more information.

Corporate Team Building or Group Volunteer Activities

Tired of those uncomfortable team building activities which use "trust falls" and legos to force cohesiveness? Consider having your event at FOHA instead. We have a wish list of at least 10 projects for our shelter at any given time. At the end of the day, your staff will have come together to help a worthy cause with a tangible outcome to boot. We can also arrange projects for non-corporate groups such as book clubs, garden clubs, sororities, fraternities, wine clubs and more.

Contact: email President@FOHA.org

Eagle Scout and Gold Award Projects

Friends of Homeless Animals has been home to many Eagle Scout projects in the past. If you are interested in achieving your Eagle or Gold Award projects, we would love to hear from you.

Contact: email ShelterManager@FOHA.org

Volunteer Dog Walkers

We need dog walkers!!! There is no time commitment!  All new volunteers must attend volunteer orientation (minimum age is 18). Afterwards you can come to the shelter during the following hours to walk dogs. Even an hour or two once per month helps tremendously.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Noon to 4PM
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday - Noon to 5PM

Contact: email volunteercoordinator@foha.org

Cat Snugglers and Socializers

Play with and pet kitties waiting to find their adoptive homes. Help brush the cats, trim their nails, and administer meds. No time commitment, but you must attend a 1-hour cat snuggle orientation. Persons under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the orientation and when volunteering on site. Cat snuggling will NOT qualify as community service hours. After completing orientation, you can come to the shelter during adoption hours on Saturdays and Sundays or join our weekday afternoon Snuggle Corp (purr-fect for retired individuals or folks who work weekends).

Contact: email volunteer@foha.org

Home Visit Counselors - Cats

Time commitment: weekdays or week nights

Contact email admin@foha.org

Home Visit Counselors - Dogs

Time commitment: weekdays or week nights

Contact: email fohahv@foha.org

Dog Transport

Time commitment: weekdays

Contact: email admin@foha.org

Cat Transport

Time commitment: weekdays (vet visits) or weekends (incoming cats and kittens)

Contact: email adopt-a-cat@foha.org

Foster Care - Dogs

Foster a dog in need of medical care, socialization, or a break from the shelter in your home. Short-term and long-term fosters needed.

Contact: email fosteradog@foha.org

Foster Care - Cats and Kittens

Foster a cat in need of medical care or socialization. Foster a kitten or a litter of moms and kittens. Short-term and long-term fosters needed.

Contact: email adopt-a-cat@foha.org

Maintenance Work

Groundskeeping, facilities, and trail maintenance work volunteers needed -- whatever time you can commit. One-time project volunteers also needed.

Time commitment: ongoing

Contact: email  sheltermanager@foha.org

Off site adoption events - dogs

Time commitment: weekends Saturdays or Sundays

Contact: email dogadoptionevents

Off site adoption events - cats

Time commitment: weekends Saturday or Sunday


The Treasure Hound

Time commitment: Friends' upscale resale shop is in Chantilly! Volunteers are needed for the following: staffing the store, sorting and pricing inventory, advertising, staffing, or collection / transportation of items to the store.

Contact: email Gloria


Time commitment: ongoing

Contact: email president@foha.org

Veterinary services

Time commitment: ongoing

Contact: email president@foha.org

Tradesman (electrical, plumbing, fencing, construction)

Time commitment: ongoing

Contact: email sheltermanager@foha.org

Professional services (public relations, communications with media outlets, event planners)

Time commitment: as needed

Contact: email president@foha.org