Dog Walking 101

1101 Western Avenue  • Pittsburgh, PA 15233 • 412 321-4625 • fax 412 321-4664

**Please note, orientations will briefly be suspended as we look to find a Volunteer coordinator.**

Thank you for taking this first step towards a wonderful journey with the animals you love! Spending time with our homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits is a joy, and benefits them, and you, in so many ways.

Before proceeding, please check out the Volunteer Requirements to make sure you qualify for volunteering with our animals!  You must be at least 16 years of age to walk dogs. 

Our dogs are looking for best friends who will visit at least once a week. Please examine your busy schedule to make sure you can make this commitment to them.

We strongly encourage you to stop in the Western PA Humane Society and observe how current volunteers interact with the animals to make sure our volunteer experience meets your expectations.  Weekends and evenings are great times to interact with current volunteers, ask questions, and make sure that volunteering at our shelter is the opportunity you are looking for.

Click here to download all the information you need to safely interact with our dogs, along with information on volunteer basics, staff and visitor interaction. It is very important that you study and learn the information in these pages before completing the Dog Walking Quiz and attending a New Volunteer Orientation.

Your New Volunteer Orientation will be a hands-on animal handling workshop with plenty of opportunities to ask questions. It will include a tour of the shelter and introductions to some of our dedicated staff.

Now it’s time to put on your thinking cap and enter the wonderful world of volunteering at the Western PA Humane Society! We hope to receive your Dog Walking 101 Quiz soon, and can’t wait to meet you in person and introduce you to the animals at the Western PA Humane Society!

Thank you for all you do for the animals…