Become A Volunteer

Volunteers-clear the shelters dayWCHS volunteers are a very important part of our team. They help our staff provide loving care to our animals by performing a wide range of tasks–everything from helping feed and socialize our animals to helping support our fundraising events. As a WCHS volunteer you will make a real difference for our shelter pets. And what could be more fun than spending a few hours with wonderful critters?

Shelter volunteers are asked to commit to a set schedule of two hours per week for a minimum of six months. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and able to work independently. Volunteers must be able to follow verbal and written instructions  without assistance.

Complete An Application

The first step towards becoming a WCHS volunteer is to complete a Volunteer Application. Click here to complete your volunteer application on line, or call 802-254-2232, email or stop in to request an application.

Attend Volunteer Orientation

The next step is to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session. These informational meetings take place monthly. Once you have submitted an application, our volunteer coordinator will contact you to schedule you for the next available orientation.

Complete Volunteer Training

The WCHS volunteer program is based on a level system. After completing the orientation, you will be invited to begin a five-week Level I period. All volunteers start at Level I and remain at this level for five weeks. The Level I phase allows volunteers time to become comfortable with our facility and staff while assisting with various cleaning and administrative duties.

After completing the first five weeks and receiving the appropriate Level II training, volunteers can then become a Dog Walker, Dog Bather, Animal Care Assistant, Cat or Rabbit Socializer, or Front Desk Assistant. Level II volunteers commit to a regular schedule for 6 months minimum.

From there, volunteers interested in becoming “experts” can advance to Level III to assist in the Animal Care Department or socialize with cats and dogs who need additional support prior to being adopted. Advancement throughout the volunteer program is based upon additional training that ensures the volunteer is ready for greater responsibility in handling animals.