Dog Handler at Adoption Events
Do you love dogs? Would you wear slobber and dog hair as a mark of a day well-spent? Yes? Perfect! You are just the person we need to help us stage our weekend dog adoption events!
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Volunteers under the age of 17 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
How it Works:
Every weekend, Lost Dog Rescue sends vans filled with our adoptable mutts to our adoption events across the Northern Virginia and Maryland area.
As the dogs come off the van at the beginning of the event, you will be matched with a dog for the duration of the event, and your job will be to help that dog shine. We’ll provide onsite training and experienced volunteers will be on hand to provide support.
All volunteers must be prepared to hold their dog and stay with us for the entire event.
How to Sign Up:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get started.
You can check out our adoption event schedule to find the event most convenient for you. Each week, you’ll receive our Volunteer Email Newsletter, which will include instructions to reply to the email to sign up for an event. You will receive a confirmation email (or notification that the event already has enough volunteers).
Walking Dogs at our Pop-Up Kennel
Lost Dog has a pop-up shelter! We rented the Seven Corners Kennel in Falls Church, VA in the Fall of 2017 to make space for dogs and cats affected by the hurricanes that overwhelmed Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. We have continued to rent the space to allow us to help dogs and cats and cats in need.
While there is a small staff doing most of the cleaning and caring for the animals at the kennels, volunteers are needed daily to walk dogs, manage play groups and dole out lots of TLC.
VOLUNTEERS MUST BE 18 OR OLDER AND HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH DOGS TO SIGN UP!
How to Sign Up:
Sign up for a shift (or shifts) to let us know when you can come by. Even if a shift looks full, don’t hesitate to drop in—the dogs are always up for some extra love or outside time. If you can’t stay for an entire time slot, that’s fine. We are happy to have your help!
What to Expect:
When you arrive at the kennel, park in the little lot by the building, not across the street where the building is being renovated. Enter the kennels through the metal gate at the side of the building. Sign in and get a parking pass for your car.
There may or may not be other volunteers around to help guide you through things, but everything you need to know should be on the posted notices at the volunteer table. Give those rules a read, then walk down the hallway to find a leash and start walking!
As you come back with a dog, make sure to mark who you just took out on the whiteboards on the wall to the left of the sign-in table, and note anything relevant about the dog.
Where is the Kennel Located?
The Seven Corners Kennel is located at 6801 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA. It is directly behind the Eden Center and must be accessed by the smaller entrance to the Eden Center off of Wilson Blvd. This is the entrance without an arch, with smaller concrete lions, right next to the Arlington Motors sign.
As soon as you turn into the Eden Center, turn left. Follow that road to a large gray building with yellow awnings ahead.
*** If Google maps say the building is closed, don’t fret. The PREVIOUS business closed and we are renting the space***
If you are interested in taking dogs out for longer day trips or overnight visits to your house, email email@example.com to learn more!
Some of the dogs who have been at the kennel a long time would really appreciate a change of scenery for a few hours.
Or if you’re interested in becoming a long-term foster for one of the dogs at the kennel, learn more about fostering.
Share Your Photos:
We love seeing photos of our mutts out having a fun time. If you have a chance, feel free to snap photos of the dogs and post them to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Volunteer Page on Facebook.