Make A True Change

Interested in becoming an active volunteer or supporting member of DAWG?

There are many ways to volunteer!

  • Assisting with adoption events

  • Clerical/computer work

  • Exercising, caring for, and loving the shelter pets!

  • Feral Cat - TnR

  • Fostering

  • Fundraising

  • Grant Writing

  • Marketing/Advertising

  • Medical transport

  • Website Designer/Support

You do NOT need to be a DAWG member to volunteer at the Douglas County Animal Care and Services (DCACS).

However, to work with animals, you must . . .

  • Be at least 16 years of age (under 18 requires parental permission)

  • Complete a DCACS volunteer application

  • Attend an instructional orientation at the shelter

The volunteer application is available at DCACS.

Puppy in Red Cushion


Help Animals in Need - Short or Long Term

Are you ready to become a foster parent? Do you reside in Douglas County?

You must reside in Douglas County to be a foster parent.

DAWG is always in need of both short and long term foster homes. Not only does fostering maximize the number of animals rescued, it allows us to provide care for animals who would be difficult to care for in a shelter environment (orphaned kittens or puppies, animals recovering from illness or injury, special needs and senior pets), pets needing a break from the shelter environment, and yes, even hospice care.

For more information, please call DAWG at (775) 267-7325



Become a DAWG Member

Join DAWG or renew your membership now!

DAWG's membership period is July 1st through June 30th -  $25.00 for an individual membership, or $35.00 for a family membership.

Membership includes a subscription to DAWG Unleashed, DAWG's quarterly newsletter.

We welcome participation in adoption events, fundraising, programs (including the foster program), and promotional events (see "Volunteer Information" section). We encourage you to attend our monthly general membership meetings.

If you’d like more information about membership, contact our Membership Coordinator, or complete our Membership Application to join now!

Note: To work with shelter animals, you must be at least 16 years of age with written parental permission, complete a Douglas County volunteer application, and attend an instructional orientation at the shelter. The volunteer application is available at the Douglas County Animal Shelter.

Three Big Puppies


Help Us Soar

Douglas Animal Welfare Group is a nonprofit charitable organization dependent on private donations of money and supplies to complete our mission to better the lives of Douglas County Animals. Because of our 501(c)(3) charity status, your contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.