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Volunteer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering

How do I become a volunteer at Brother Wolf?
If you are at least 18 years old and want to help on a regular basis, you will need to complete a volunteer application and watch the orientation video. If you are under 18, you are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian. All family members who plan to volunteer should fill out an application and watch the orientation video.

Can I just come by to walk dogs?
Only BWAR volunteers who have completed orientation and any required classes are allowed to walk our shelter dogs.

My child is under 18 years old, can they come with me while I volunteer?
We would love to have your family volunteer together! We see the positive impact on children when they witness your example and volunteer side-by-side the adults in their life. All family members who plan to volunteer should complete a volunteer application and watch the orientation video. You can email volunteer@bwar.org for more information about family-friendly volunteer activities at BWAR.

We also have some great ideas for teaching your child about volunteerism and animal care in your home. Many young teens enjoy planning and leading an animal toy fundraiser in their community. We can also offer guidance around DIY projects that would benefit our animals, such as building dog houses and cat shelters, making blankets, baking homemade dog treats, and more. Fostering is one of the best hands-on experiences your child can have that will teach them about animal care. If you’re interested in fostering, you can complete a foster application or email foster@bwar.org for more information. For a list of ideas about volunteering from home, contact volunteer@bwar.

I am in high school and need volunteer hours and/or a mentor for a school project. Can I volunteer?

We have a limited number of student volunteers each semester. Learn more about project opportunities here.

How can my group schedule a service day?

We strongly encourage groups to become fully oriented volunteers by participating in our regular volunteer orientation process. Groups that are requesting regular scheduled shifts must proceed with the general volunteer orientation process.

Because of safety concerns for both people and pets, Group Volunteering is limited to groups of 10 people. If there are minors in your group, we require one adult to four minors ratio. We are also limited on the number of un-oriented groups that can be on-site each month. If you are seeking a one-time group volunteering opportunity, please complete the Group Request FormIf you are hoping to volunteer on a regular basis, please send your group’s information to volunteer@bwar.org.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue depends on the generosity of our community. We encourage groups to set up a fundraising drive in place of a service day, as we are always in need of funds to run our operations and are limited in our capacity to host groups. We have many fundraising options and would love to help you find one your group can be passionate about. Please contact volunteer@bwar.org to learn more about our fundraising options.

Are there any ongoing requirements for volunteers?

We ask that all volunteers commit to at least two shifts or four hours per month of service. Our volunteer management system, VicNet, charges a fee for each volunteer account, so we regularly remove volunteers who have been inactive for several months.

Depending on which volunteer team(s) you want to join, additional classes or trainings may be required. All of the required classes and resources are free to BWAR volunteers.

How do I sign up for court-ordered community service?

If you have been assigned to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue for any type of court ordered community service or the Diversion Program, we would be glad to help. Please read the rules carefully, and contact the Community Service Manager at Will@bwar.org to sign-up. Do not fill out a regular BWAR volunteer application; your hours will not be counted.