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Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for wanting to help the shelter pets at Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS)! We can accept any kind of pet or livestock animal and there are lots of ways to help all of the different species we care for. Our website automatically updates every hour, on the hour so you can always see what animals we have available for adoption.

If you need to get service hours quickly for school or just want to get started right away, check out our list of at home service projects. These projects can be done at home and then dropped off to the shelter any time we’re open for adoptions and viewing. We also have extra projects on our Pinterest page that can be done at home and brought to the shelter!

Monthly Workshops to Learn About LCAS and Helping Animals!
If you want to learn even more about what we do at LCAS and how to help animals, sign up for one of our workshops! We host monthly workshops for children between the ages of 10-15. If you are interested in signing up, read through the requirements with a parent or guardian:

  • Children must be at least 10 years old to participate and some workshops have older age requirements depending on the content.
  • Children 10-15 years old must attend with a parent or guardian.  Each parent or guardian may bring a total of no more than 3 children.
  • Liability waivers must be brought with participants or completed at the time of the workshop.
  • Children 16 and older may attend by themselves but must bring the liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian with them on the day of the workshop.
  • Registration is required for all participants so we can appropriately prepare workshop materials.  

Upcoming Workshops:

Please check back soon for a new listing of Youth Workshops as they are planned! Here are some past workshop topics:

Animals in the Elements!

(recommended for participants 10 years old and up)
Animals need different things as the seasons change just like us! From companion animals like dogs and cats to our livestock friends like horses, pigs, and more, come learn about their needs as summer approaches! Come learn from Officer Breslin about taking care of a variety of animals in different weather and how he helps animals in emergency weather conditions! 

Animal Welfare Cases
(recommended for participants 12 years old and up)
Animal Control Officers investigate all kinds of cases that are reported to our department including animal cruelty, abandonment, neglect and animal fighting cases. Chief Animal Control Officer Mark Stacks will be presenting about these kinds of cases including how they are investigated by our Officers, information about animal laws, and how to help an animal in need. There will be some examples of cruelty investigations that have occurred in the past so this presentation is only recommended for kids over 12 years old.  

Living with Wildlife in Loudoun!
(recommended for participants 10 years old and up)

Want to know more about the wildlife who we share our beautiful Loudoun County with? Ever see a wild animal and not sure what you can do to help? Officers Henry and Gibson have answers for you! Join them for a presentation all about living peacefully with our local wildlife, how they help wild animals as Animal Control Officers, and what you can do to help! 

Wildlife Rescue
(recommended for participants 10 years old and up)

Covers topics such as common injuries among wildlife and the specialized care that wild animals need versus companion animals. 

Holiday Hazards and Your Pet!
The holidays can be a fun and joyous occasion, but did you know it can be one of the most hazardous times of year for your fur friends? Come learn about some of the holiday hazards your pet may encounter and how you can help keep them same! Pre-registration is required and a guardian or parent should plan to stay with the child.

For More Information
For additional Volunteer Program information, please call 703-771-5922 or email the LCAS Volunteer and Humane Education Coordinator.

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