Volunteer & Foster

As of right now, it is business as usual around the shelter! We are still open, welcoming adoptions and reuniting families with their missing pets.

That being said, we would like to create a database of families interested in being a part of our Emergency Foster Community in case we have an unexpected crisis in our community and have a need to get adoptable shelter pets into homes quickly!

If you would be interested in this opportunity to help our shelter pets here on the Peninsula, please fill out our survey using the following link: http://bttr.im/jekkd
If you have any questions, please to email our Foster Program Coordinator, Amanda McQuarry, at mcquarryal@nnva.gov

If you have thought about making a difference in the lives of animals, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter could use your help!  Watch our video about volunteer opportunities (animal behavior assessments is the first half of the video, volunteer opportunities are in the second half).

What are the requirements to volunteer?

  • 18 years and up.
  • Youth volunteers 16 - 17 years old require adult guardian supervision, we do not accept volunteers under 16 years old.

You can fill out the application and the volunteer coordinator will contact you with orientation date. 

You must be able to pass a background check!

Volunteers are needed in the following areas: 

  • Adoption Counseling
  • Dog Walking
  • Dog Care
  • Cat Care
  • Off Site Events
  • Pocket Pet Care
  • Adoption Follow-up Caller
  • Fostering
  • Transporting
  • Laundry & Dishes
  • Pet Photography
  • Socializing

Some levels of volunteering require additional training and classes.

Are you a qualified pet trainer?
Pet training and new owner education are the keys to a successful pet adoption.  To support new adopters as they learn about their new companions, the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter (PRAS) is reaching out to see how you can support adopters as pet trainers in our communities.  The PRAS promotes Positive/Rewards based training.  We are growing a list of qualified pet trainers, and what discounts or free initial support trainers are willing to provide our adopters. This list will be available on our website, our Intake/Reunite lobby, and in our adoption folders. If you are a pet trainer interested in supporting successful adoptions of shelter animals, please fill out and submit this form to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter.

Pet Trainer Slide