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!

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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 volunteer and dog volunteer opportunities!

New to Team Meow and Dog Squad?

Orientation and training is your first step.

  • Dog Walking Orientation 2-Part Series Sign Up - Our orientation is 2-parts. First a virtual session and then a hands on session at the shelter. You must attend both sessions. Register in our volunteer management system, Get Connected, and sign up now for training!
  • Cat Snuggling Orientation 2-Part Series Sign Up - Our orientation is 2-parts. First a virtual session and then a hands on session at the shelter. You must attend both sessions. Register in our volunteer management system, Get Connected, and sign up now for training!

Have You Already Completed Your Volunteer Orientation?

Great! Thank you for being part of our volunteer team! Click here to review other available Dog Squad and Team Meow opportunities!

Questions about Volunteering?

Let's chat!

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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.

Don't see something you may be interested in right now? Create an account and we will alert you when new opportunities are added.

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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.

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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!

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Opportunities for Kids 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.

We have compiled a list of activities that can be done at home to support our dogs and cats at the shelter. Check out our list of projects for kids and teens.