Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation manages a kennel facility in Falls Church, VA, and we have lots of volunteer opportunities for dog walking and cat socializing, as well as basic kennel chores! We took over the kennel in Falls Church 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. Since then, it has become an inspiring hub of amazing volunteers!
There is a small staff cleaning and making sure the animals are cared for at the kennel; however, volunteers are needed daily to walk dogs, help clean dog kennels, clean cat cages, socialize cats, manage play groups, greet new volunteers, and dole out lots of TLC!
Volunteers MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH DOGS and BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE to sign up for dog walking.
For everyone’s safety, CHILDREN (UNDER 18) ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE KENNEL AREA.
How to Sign Up:
First Time Kennel Volunteers – New volunteer orientation/training is required for all first-time volunteers at the kennel. When you sign up, please make a note that you are new, and we will contact you prior to your requested date/time in order to schedule a new volunteer orientation with one of our volunteer ambassadors.
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 time outside. 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 lot by our building or in the shopping center parking lot (NOT at the building across the street).
Then enter the kennel through the large white metal gate and door, and sign in at the volunteer table. Look for and read any posted notices or new announcements or rules.
At our new volunteer orientation, you will learn about our processes and procedures for walking dogs at our kennel. We’ll cover a variety of topics, including how our dogs are color-coded and which dogs to walk. We want to make sure that you and our dogs are safe and have a great time!
Where is the Kennel Located?
The kennel is located at 6801 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA and can be tricky to find your first time. The video below explains where to find us (NOTE – a parking pass is no longer required; visitors may park in the lot by our building or in the Eden Center parking lot).
*** If Google maps says the building is closed, don’t fret. The PREVIOUS business closed. ***