Volunteer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering…

How do I become a volunteer at Brother Wolf?
Anyone that wants to volunteer with Brother Wolf needs to fill out a volunteer application and attend an orientation.

How long is orientation?
The Volunteer Orientation takes about an hour.

What can I do as a volunteer?
You can volunteer in our adoption center washing dishes, folding laundry, walking dogs, or socializing with cats. Volunteers support our Front Desk staff. We have a thrift store that always needs volunteers. Volunteers can join the Outward Hounds Hiking Club on one of their hikes. Volunteers help out at off-site adoption events and social events. We always need volunteers to help transport animals to and from vet appointments. If you love working with cats, you can help out our Cat Team at Petsmart. Volunteers write bios on the animals to post on our website. If you have a skill, we will put you to work!

I attended an orientation. Now what?
You are ready to help out! Come by our adoption center, stop by the thrift store, sign-up to help at an event – the possibilities are endless. Email our Volunteer Coordinator if you have questions at

When can I volunteer?
You can volunteer at our adoption center anytime we are open. Our hours are 10am-6pm Saturday to Thursday, and Friday from 10am-7pm. Or lend a hand at our Second Chances, open 10am-6pm daily. We hold offsite events throughout the community weekly, so log into your Volgistics account to see what’s going on!

What should I wear?
Volunteers should always be wearing closed-toe shoes. Make sure to wear clothes that are appropriate for working and that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Are there any age restrictions?
Our policy is that 16 and 17 year olds must have had a parent/guardian submit an application, attend orientation, and sign a waiver. They are allowed to work without parental supervision.

Youths ages 12 to 15 must have had a parent/guardian submit an application, attend orientation, and sign a waiver. They also have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

We have very limited activities for children under 12. Parents are encouraged to contact our volunteer coordinator regarding classes and opportunities for young children.

Can I just come in and walk dogs?
Once you go through the volunteer orientation, you will be qualified to walk some dogs. As you log more volunteer hours and take more classes, you will become qualified to walk more of the dogs.

I’m under 18 (or have children under age 18)… can I volunteer?
Absolutely Yes! We welcome volunteers of all ages. If a volunteer is under 16, they must be accompanied by a volunteer over 18 at all times.

I am a local high school student that needs service hours for school. Can I do my service at Brother Wolf?
Yes you can! Our Volunteer Coordinator or another staff member can be your mentor. Email if you have questions.

Can my group set up a service day?
We love having groups come to our adoption center for service trips. Due to the size of our adoption center, the largest size group we can accommodate is 12. For more information or to schedule a group visit, email

Can I take a dog off site on a hike or run?
Volunteers that have attended the orientation and logged at least 15 hours of service are allowed to “check” a dog out for an off-site adventure.


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