Getting Started Volunteering
Our animals benefit tremendously from our volunteer's tender loving care. We would love to have you join our team. We realize though that many people lead very busy lives. Before you sign up for volunteer orientation and commit to becoming one of our helpers, we’d like to explain the many opportunities at the Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) to be sure that you are comfortable and willing to start volunteering. Young adults over the age of sixteen may volunteer without parents (after the orientation). Youth from 5 to 15 must be accompanied at all times by a fully trained parent or guardian at ALL times. For more general information or information on community service hours, please scroll down to the box below.
COVID-19 UPDATE: In an effort to keep our staff safe and healthy, all volunteer opportunities have been cancelled until further notice. MHF will send out an email to all current volunteers when we are re-open and able to allow volunteers back into the building. MHF will not be accepting new volunteers for interview or orientation at this time. Thank you for your understanding and stay safe!
All volunteers must first attend a volunteer interview. To schedule your interview, please fill out the paperwork listed below and contact for available times.
Please call (540) 364-3272 or email the shelter at if you have any questions.
Click this link below to be taken to the Volunteer Application
Click this link below to be taken to the Foster Application
Interview & Tour
The interview portion of the volunteer training will go over a set of questions to allow the Volunteer Coordinator to get a better sense of who you are, what you expect from volunteer and where you would best fit into the program. Once the interview is completed, you will do a walking tour of the current facility.
We request a Volunteer Registration donation for all new volunteers. Although it is not mandatory, all-volunteer registration donations will help alleviate the physical costs and staffing demands of our fast-growing volunteer program. Some physical costs associated with our program include supplies for interviews, increased staffing costs, equipment for off-site events and our new volunteer badges. The registration donation will be $10.00 for persons 14 and over and $5.00 for persons under 14 years.
Come dressed for the outdoors & expect to be at the shelter for 30-45 minutes.
Once you have completed the interview and tour, you will need to complete two separate training sessions (a basic session and a session with our behaviorist) before coming out to volunteer with the dogs. We have volunteer hours 6 days a week. Giving one or two hours of your time at least once a month on the days you volunteer will be a great help. Once you have completed all your volunteer training you will be given your volunteer badge. If more than 90 days have elapsed between your orientation and your first volunteer day, you might need to attend a refresher program.
Community Service Hours
Many people, particularly students, find that they need to perform community service hours. We are happy to assist, however, it is generally not possible to volunteer more than a couple hours on a given day. Please plan well ahead of any deadlines and advise us of the need for cumulative hours as well as any written documentation.
Students ages 16 and over may work unsupervised on shelter projects; students under 16 must have adult supervision. Unless students have been through a volunteer orientation with a parent/guardian and been trained, they cannot work with the shelter animals, for safety reasons.