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How long would I need to commit to volunteering?

We ask for a 2 hour per week commitment for a minimum of 3 months.

My schedule varies from week to week, can I still volunteer?

If you're unable to commit to a set schedule each week, we do offer "substitute" opportunities, which would be available when regularly scheduled volunteers are unable to perform their assigned shifts. Our volunteer coordinator can let you know when substitute positions are available.

Are kids allowed to volunteer?

Kids ages 8-16 can volunteer and are called Junior Volunteers.  A parent/guardian must accompany the Junior Volunteer while at the Homeward Animal Shelter. Junior Volunteers can only work as kitten socializers.

An Adult Application from the parent/guardian should accompany the Junior Volunteer Application.  The parent/guardian will also be required to attend training with the Junior Volunteer.

My kids love dogs, can they be a dog walker?

Unfortunately, due to liability issues, dog walkers must be at least 17 years old.

Can a large group of kids or adults volunteer for a day?

Unfortunately, we have a difficult time accommodating large groups due to the resources needed to manage larger groups. However, we still encourage you to reach out to us in the event that we are able to accommodate you. To see if there's an opportunity for your group, you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 

What happens if I have to miss one of my shifts?

If possible, we ask that you give us as much notice as possible by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator at 701-364-2618 or via email at

If you must cancel on short notice, please call the staff at 701-239-0077, option #1.

Volunteers who cannot be consistent and frequently miss their shifts may be removed from the volunteer schedule.

What happens if the weather is too cold outside to walk the dogs?

The dogs still need attention, no matter the weather.  In extreme conditions, volunteers are asked to hang out with the dogs inside their kennels after brief potty breaks.  Upon arrival, volunteers should check with the staff if they have weather concerns.

What happens if I forget to call in & miss my shift?

We hope that you do your best to avoid this from happening, however, we understand that sometimes life happens.  It's important to note, however, that if a volunteer misses 3 shifts in a row, without notice, they will be removed from the volunteer schedule.

What does a cat socializer do?

Cat socializing involves playing with the cats, giving them love & attention, brushing, and providing them with positive people interaction.

What does a dog walker do?

The Dog Walkers provide the dogs with outdoor walks, love & attention, positive people interaction, and helping teach basic commands like sit.  Dogs need their exercise & attention no matter the weather – cold, hot, windy, rainy, and snowy.  Dog walkers need the patience and willingness to deal with all sized dogs and those that have never walked on a leash before.

What does an Adoption Assistant do?

An Adoption Assistant’s role involves greeting customers, showing customers adoptable animals, answering questions, phone work, filing, computer entry, laundry, & other tasks as directed by staff.

I’m ready to work hard and make a commitment to volunteer, how do I apply?

Please fill out an application:

The Adult Volunteer Application should be completed by everyone 17 years old or older.

The Junior Volunteer Application should be completed by those aged 8 to 16 years old.  The parent/guardian must complete an adult application and submit it along with the Junior Volunteer application. (**Please note that Junior Volunteer opportunities are very limited. If we do not have an opening at the time you apply, we will keep your application on file and contact you when a spot becomes available).

Applications can be returned via mail, email, fax, or in person.

1201 – 28th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102

701-364-2618 (Volunteer Coordinator's Voicemail)

701-239-2580 (fax) 


Once I return my completed application, what happens?

Your application is reviewed & then you will be contacted for an interview and scheduling discussion. You should expect to receive a follow-up 1-2 weeks after your application is received.  For questions regarding your application, email Danielle at

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