Volunteer at LCAS

Loudoun County Animal Services is extremely grateful for the amazing community support we receive every day. Our volunteers are dedicated people from all parts of the county, who donate thousands of hours of personal time every year to help the animals of Loudoun County.

Short-Term and One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Read to Shelter Pets

The animals at the shelter greatly enjoy having quiet company, not only does it help them feel better and more comfortable in the shelter environment, it also can help them get adopted faster. Bring your own book/e-reader/phone and spend some quality time providing quiet company to an adoptable animal!  

At-Home Projects to Help Animals

Are you interested in helping animals in Loudoun County but you need service hours quickly or can’t make the commitments required of an onsite volunteer? The projects on our Volunteer Project Ideas page can be completed at home and brought the shelter any time we are open for business.

Summer Apprentice Volunteer Program - Paws4Summer

The summer apprentice volunteer program is for volunteers ages 10-15 volunteering with a parent/guardian and runs for the entire month of July. Apprentice Pairs will on-board and train in June and volunteer at the shelter during the month of July. This program is a fantastic way for our younger community members to get involved and help at the shelter during their summer vacation. 

Spots are limited. Sign up for the program!

The LCAS Volunteer Program

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Our spring volunteer information session is now over and we look forward to welcoming all of our new volunteers! Our summer volunteer information dates will be posted later this month. 

How Do I Become a Foster?

Our fosters help us save lives every day! Foster orientations are held throughout the year. Foster orientations are open to anyone interested in fostering animals however our highest needs are fosters for adult dogs (40lbs+), kittens with and without moms, fearful adult cats, pregnant small animals and pregnant cats. 

  1. Volunteer Requirements
  2. Available Volunteer Positions
  3. Apprentice Program (10-15yrs)

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old (certain roles require volunteers to be 18 or 21 years old).
  • Children ages 10-15 volunteering with a parent/guardian can volunteer with our Volunteer Apprentice Program 
  • Must be able to volunteer for at least 8 hours per month for at least 6 months.
  • Must be able to commit to a weekly 2 hour shift.
  • Must be able to volunteer during LCAS operating hours.
  • Must be able to attend orientation and subsequent training.

*Those needing to fulfill court-ordered community service requirements should email the department for information on the court-ordered community service program.


For additional information please call 703-777-0406 or email the Volunteer Coordinator.