Volunteer Training

Orientation 


Register online by submitting a registration form. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.  You will receive an email with a link to the orientation video and further instructions. Please choose either dog or cat volunteering. Please read the Volunteer Handbook (PDF) prior to attending the class.

You will be required to attend two on-site training classes to become a volunteer that works with shelter animals. The minimum age to be a dog volunteer is 16. For cats the minimum age is 14. You will learn shelter volunteer procedures, safety, various jobs, areas accessible to volunteers, etc.  You will learn about sign-in procedures, what to do in an emergency, how to store equipment, how to properly secure kennel enclosures and pens, how to report a concern, and receive hands-on training for the job of your choosing.

New volunteers must commit to volunteering two hours weekly year round. 
 

NOTE:  WCAC no longer allows fulfillment of Tennessee Promise hours, court-ordered service or school service hours by working with animals. Those hours can still be completed at WCAC but it will require laundry, dishes,and other light chores at the shelter. Contact communityservice@williamsoncounty-tn.gov, or 615-790-5590, ext. 1034. 

Earn Your Apron


Volunteers are categorized by the color of aprons they achieve through time and experience. For the protection of the animals in our care, each level has specific access to certain color-coded dogs. See Volunteer Handbook for details.

The 3 levels are:
  1. Red: New volunteer or only able to commit to limited time at WCAC.
  2. Black: 10 hours of volunteering plus additional training.  
  3. Green: Earned black apron, plus exhibits extensive training skills, exceptional ability and leadership qualities.