So many ways to help the cats and dogs of Woods

Canine Enrichment

Our goal is to have all of our adoptable dogs touched by people every day. That means they get love in their kennels, walks on our walking path, playtime, massages, bathing, brushing, toy time and lots of pets!

Surgery Support

Our busy staff is always looking for support with various tasks including cleaning instruments, laundry, and helping our animals through recovery.

Customer Service

Join our staff at reception, on our kennel desk, where you can assist with every day projects, greet visitors, give tours, answer common questions, share Woods’ mission and talk about our wonderful animals.

Behind the Scenes

There are many ways volunteers help with the running of the shelter including cleaning kennels and the cattery, laundry, administrative tasks, Humane Education support, grounds keeping, sorting donations, photography, and so much more.

Special Events

Volunteers can help from set up to break down, work in a Woods’ booth, assist with animal handling or help with promotion and fundraising.

Cat Ambassador

Our feline volunteers help socialize cats and kittens, assist adopters in finding the purrfect cat, keep the cattery tidy, and provide much needed human-animal bonding.

Volunteer Interest Form


Learning more about volunteering is easy. Fill out the form below and within the next two weeks you’ll receive an email inviting you to an orientation.

Contact Information

Volunteers must be 18 and over.


Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Robin Coleman at or (805) 543-9316 ext. 22