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How to Volunteer

Please Note: Fairfax Pets on Wheels handlers must be 18 years of age. 

There are six steps to becoming a Fairfax Pets On Wheels volunteer:

Step 1: Complete and submit an online applicationSamoyed with resident and visitor.jpg. Click on "Apply" and then "New Volunteer Sign Up" to begin the registration process.

Please complete and submit this application before attending orientation (Step 2).

Step 2: Attend an orientation. The one-hour orientation is held on the first Wednesday of each month, starting at 7:30 pm. Please check the "Dates to Remember" page for the location of the orientation you wish to attend.  You do not need to preregister to attend and all new volunteer forms will be available at this meeting. A Driver's Record Check form will be given to you which you will need to fill out and hand in at the end of the session. Please DO NOT bring your pet to this orientation.

Step 3: Your pet will have a behavior assessment.  Pet Handler teams are required to pass a behavior assessment to evaluate the pet's controllability, aggression, reaction to strangers, and overall behavior and level of stress in unfamiliar surroundings.  It is very important that both you and your pet work together well as a team in the long term care facility environment. New volunteer teams will schedule the behavior assessment appointments at orientation (Step 2). Click here to download the necessary forms for your behavior assessment.

Step 4: If you and your pet have a successful behavior assessment, you will be given the Fairfax County Government Appointee Background Form which you will need to fill out, and make an appointment at one of the two designated County facilities to be fingerprinted. Once you get your appointment, you will need to bring the completed forms and two forms of identification, including one with a picture to your appointment.

Step 5: Certify your pet's wellness. A FPOW health certificate is completed by your pet's regular veterinarian certifying that the pet is healthy and vaccinations are current. Click here to get a copy of the health certificate.

Step 6: Attend training at the facility of your choice. An experienced volunteer will conduct an on-site training at the facility and give final approval for you to be a FPOW volunteer.

Contact us at: dfspetsonwheels@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-5406. You can also reach us by fax at 703-324-3583.

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