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Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program


Volunteer Program


Last year, over 700 domestic animals were taken into the Shelter through animals at large, owner surrenders, and transfers from other organizations. Many of these animals were adopted or returned to their owners. Others were transferred to other humane organizations. We have maintained a live release rate that is above the national average thanks to community relations, social media presence, and adoption events. Our mission is not possible without our amazing volunteers.

Volunteers at PGAS help the staff with a variety of tasks including dog walking, cat socializing, pet grooming, and photography. All of our volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, be fingerprinted by the county, and be clear of any animal related charges.    

To start the volunteer process please fill out the application (click here) and return it to the shelter or email it to pganimals@princegeorgecountyva.gov. Once your application has been received, the volunteer coordinator will contact you about the next step.

Volunteer Job Categories

Dog Companion:
Exercises shelter dogs, helps feed the animals and helps keep cages clean.

Cat Companion:
Handles shelter cats, helps feed the animals and helps keep cages clean.

Shelter Host:
Greets visitors coming into the County Animal Shelter, then directs them to the their area of interest.

Pet Groomer:
Helps shelter pets become more adoptable by bathing and grooming them.

Foster Parent:
Cares for unweaned or special needs shelter animals in their home.  Click here for additional information.

Community Relations:
Assists with department community events and photography of adoptable animals.

Adoption Specialist:
Assists people interested in adopting shelter pets to find the perfect pet for their home, lifestyle and family. This position requires 20 hours experience shadowing a current employee in assisting potential new pet owners.

Office Assistant:
Performs light office and clerical duties at the animal shelter.

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