Volunteers Are Critical to Our Mission

Volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!
- Anonymous

When you volunteer at Friends of Homeless Animals, a no-kill animal shelter in Virginia, you’ll become part of a team that truly admires and appreciates your dedication and support!

No matter how much time you share with us, each hour spent helps us meet our mission to provide support and care for our animals. Whatever your talent and available time, we would love to hear from you!


Volunteer with Our Dog Squad and Team Meow

If you’d like to work directly with our adoptable animals, from intake to adoptions and everything in between, please check out our cat and dog volunteer opportunities!

New to Team Meow and Dog Squad?

Orientation and training is your first step.

  • Cat Snuggling Orientation Waitlist - Due to COVID we have temporarily placed our in person cat snuggling orientation classes on hold as we convert to a virtual training platform. If you want to be notified when classes are starting again, please join our waitlist.

Have You Already Completed Your Volunteer Orientation?

Great! Thank you for being part of our volunteer team. Click here to sign up for additional Dog Squad and Team Meow opportunities!

Questions about Volunteering?

Let's chat!


Other Volunteer Opportunities

If you’d like to offer your talent or time to our operations, we have plenty of opportunities available. Orientation is not required for these roles, but training and direction will be provided:


Corporate/Group Volunteer Events

Is your company or group looking for a community volunteer opportunity? Tired of trust-fall team building? FOHA would love to accommodate your group!

For more information on corporate sponsorship and ways you can support FOHA at work, learn about our Workplace Giving opportunities.


FOHA Service Projects

FOHA has been honored to have many Boy Scout, Eagle Scout, Girl Scout, and Girl Scout Gold projects completed for us in the past, along with service projects for schools and other organizations. If you’re interested in working with FOHA to achieve your special project goals, we would love to hear from you!


Opportunities for Children and Teens

Kids and teens are welcome to accompany their parents for Cat Snuggling (ages 10-17) and Dog Walking (ages 13-17). We love the ingenuity of kids to create and run food drives, fundraisers, and supply drives.

Check out our Shelter Supply Wishlist for ideas on supplies you can help us acquire.

Please take photos and tell us about your project! We would love to highlight your efforts on our blog.