How to become a volunteer or foster family

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Homeward Pet. For the safety of animals, staff and volunteers, all volunteers and foster homes must be trained in Homeward Pet’s procedures. Because of the time invested in our training, all volunteers are asked to make a minimum 3 month commitment; all fosters commit to foster an animal at least once per year. Please note that it may take 1-2 months before becoming a volunteer.

Here’s how to become a Homeward Pet volunteer:

  1. Visit the Volunteer Positions  page to see if we have a position that matches your availability and area of interest.
  2. Complete the Volunteer Application.
  3. All applicants will be invited to attend our General Orientation, held monthly.  At orientation, you’ll tour the facility and learn about Homeward Pet’s mission, policies, procedures and volunteer positions. You must attend the entire orientation. If you are 16 or 17 years old, a parent must be with you to sign a Volunteer Agreement at orientation
  4. If you are selected to join the Volunteer Program, you will be invited  to attend a training session for your Volunteer Assignment. You must attend the entire training session.
    • Dog Care Volunteers are required to attend Level 1 Dog Care Training.
    • Cat Care Volunteers are required to attend Level 1 Cat Care Training.
    • Reception Volunteers are required to complete a personal interview following orientation, and, if accepted, are required to complete one-on-one and on-the-job training.
    • Clinic Assistant Volunteers are required to attend Level 1 Dog Care Training and Level 1 Cat Care Training, and complete on-the-job training with the clinic staff.
    • Facilities Volunteers are required to complete on-the-job training with our Facilities Manager.
    • Foster Volunteers are required to attend Foster Care Training (immediately following General Orientation) and complete our Foster Home Questionnaire.
  5. If you are volunteering on-site, you are a volunteer once training is complete. You will be given a specific, weekly 2-4 hour shift based on open volunteer positions and your availability.  Your first two shifts will be spent with a Volunteer Mentor, receiving hands-on training and supervision from an experienced volunteer.
  6. If you are volunteering to be a foster, you are a foster after Foster Care Training and a review of your Foster Home Questionnaire.  You will be added to our email distribution list and will begin receiving foster requests.
  7. Required volunteer t-shirts are available at cost ($10.00). Arrangements can be made if this cost is prohibitive.
  8. You must notify the Volunteer Manager of required Community Service hours, either court ordered or school requirements, ahead of time. Volunteer hours are not counted until you become a volunteer. Your hours will not be signed off until you have completed your 3 month commitment. A letter of intended completion or ongoing involvement is available.

Contact Information
Adoption Hours:
Our Address:
Wed - Sun, 12 - 6pm
P.O. Box 2293
13132 NE 177th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Homeward Pet Adoption Center is a non‑profit, no‑kill animal shelter. Our mission is to give homeless animals a second chance through rescue, shelter, and adoption.