Volunteer Program

Did you know that the League was first started in 1944, by volunteers? We are still going strong 75 years later and rely on our volunteers as crucial components in amplifying the efforts of the League’s professional staff.

Our volunteers contribute valuable resources – time, knowledge, talent, skills, and leadership – that further infuse AWLA with energy and passion in service of our organizational mission: to improve the lives of animals.

Volunteer Program Requirements 

 All volunteers must be ages 16 or older.

 All volunteers must meet the Essential Capabilities of AWLA Volunteers

 All volunteers must be willing to commit to 6 months of service and at least 4 hours per month (select assignments may require additional hours)


Please note that we do not accept court-ordered community service volunteers into our formal volunteer program. If you need hours for court ordered community service, please click here.

Volunteer at AWLA

To become a volunteer at AWLA we ask that all prospective volunteers watch/listen to our recorded Volunteer Info Session Prezi below.  At the end of the Info Session on the last slide, labeled “Next Steps”, you’ll see a clickable link to provide your information if you think our program is a good fit for you.

 Volunteer Info Session Prezi(Click Here)

Please allow a few moments for the Prezi to load and make sure to have your speakers turned up so that you can hear the recorded information. You’ll need to click on the blue play button to start and hit the right arrow on your keyboard(or click on the right arrow to advance to the next screen).

Other opportunities to help ON SITE at AWLA

We have several short-term onsite opportunities for children, parents, families and teens to get involved on site at AWLA.  The time commitment for these opportunities range from 20 minutes to 1 ½ hours and you may sign up for open slots as often as you’d like!

Paws and Read Program at the League:

Children K-5th grades can sign up with a parent to read to our shelter cats through Paws and Read Program sign up online here!

Monthly Service Projects at the League: 

On-site, project-based volunteer opportunities and are typically 1-1.5 hours.  Project materials, instructions, and a tour of AWLA are provided for participants.  Space is limited but we will have projects each month. Parents may sign up with children 15 or younger.  Adults of any age and teens 16 or older may also sign up.  Teens ages 16 up to 18: A release form, signed by a parent or legal guardian is REQUIRED —The AWLA TEEN VOLUNTEER Release of Liability can be found here. All other participants will be asked to complete a release form in person, upon arrival to AWLA before the start of the project.

Please register here for the Monthly Service Project at AWLA.  

OFF-SITE Volunteer Opportunities for K-12th grades

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is proud to be a part of Volunteer Arlington’s Passion into Action Challenge which encourages children and youth to explore ways that they can get involved to support the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and other nonprofit organizations. The Passion into Action Challenge for is for children from Kindergarten through 12th Grade!  The League has a variety of fun Do-It-Yourself Packets for students to support AWLA through off-site service projects.

Learn more about our AWLA’s Passion Into Action Challenge here!