Volunteer FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering…

How do I become a volunteer at Brother Wolf?
If you are at least 16 years old and want to help on a regular basis, you will need to complete a volunteer application and attend an orientation.

How long is orientation?
The volunteer orientation is one hour. You will receive driving directions and class details via email a couple days before your scheduled class.

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 16 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. Family service activities, humane education classes, and a children’s version of Shelter Dogs 101 are offered each month starting November 2017. If you are a BWAR volunteer, contact the Volunteer Program Manager for a schedule of upcoming classes and project days. As long as the parent or legal guardian is a BWAR volunteer, there is no longer a need to fill out an online application for your child.
We also have some great ideas for teaching your child about volunteerism and animal care in your home. Fostering is one of the best hands-on experiences your child can have that will teach them about animal care. Many young teens enjoy planning and leading an animal toy fundraiser in their community. 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. Students need to complete a student application and include details about their essay thesis or project topic. We will do our best to find a mentor with corresponding knowledge and skills who can help.

If we are able to find a match, students will receive orientation during a meeting with their mentor. Students and parents are no longer required to attend regular volunteer orientation. Parents will need to sign a release waiver if their child is accepted into the program.

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. 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 Form.

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 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 4 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 volunteer coordinator at to sign up. Do not fill out a regular BWAR volunteer application.