We require our volunteers to attend one of our Volunteer Orientations, which are held on the second Saturday of each month at 10:30 am.
In this class you will tour the shelter and learn the do's and don'ts. After the basic orientation you may attend a cat enrichment or a dog enrichment class.
Registration for volunteer orientation is required and space is limited. Families with children ages 10 and above are welcome to attend. To register, please click on the contact link below. Specify the date and how many will be attending orientation.
We have a 1/2 mile walking trail around the shelter. After you have gone through the volunteer orientation/dog enrichment class and volunteered four hours you are welcome to use the trail.
Groups wishing to volunteer or students needing service hours are asked to call the shelter and schedule a time.
If you can’t come to the FAHS, there are many more ways you can help.
• Collect and donate items from our wish list, such as towels, fleece blankets, toys for dogs and cats.
• Make cat toys out of yarn, fleece, cardboard rolls...
• Donate funds to support our lifesaving and life changing services.
• Set a positive example by being a responsible pet owner and talk to others about the importance spay and neutering pets.
Spread the word about the FAHS, our services and mission. We welcome your creativity. Use your individual talents and skills to make a difference for animals at the FAHS and in the community.
Need more inspiration? Click on the red box, in the upper right corner:
"Ideas for Schools and Civic Groups"
Become a Foster Family
When puppy and kitten season is in full swing and we need fosters to care for some little ones until they are old enough to be adopted. Some babies come with mommas, some may need to be bottle fed. Some animals just need a little extra TLC until they recover from a recent surgery or medical problem. If you can make room in your home and heart for a foster, please come out to the shelter and fill out an application.
We are also in constant need of "lucky dog" fosters. Each month the FAHS sends 25-35 dogs to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington DC. Once the dog or puppy is confirmed for rescue it is ideal if it can be placed in a foster home until it leaves for DC, which is usually 2-4 weeks. This gives the animal extra time to be socialized and it gives the shelter more space to save more animals. LDAR provides everything you'll need from bedding, food, toys & veterinarian care.
Interested in fostering a Lucky Dog? Contact FAHSLuckyDogs@gmail.com for more information.