Homer’s Helpers Youth Volunteers

logoWe are contacted every day by amazing young people who care about animals and want to help and we have many opportunities for you to get involved!   Here are a few ideas of how you can help. For more information please contact

Please note that we are limited in what we can allow youth to help with due to insurance restrictions and safety concerns.

Help Advertise Events/Adoptable Animals

  • Make signs or flyers for upcoming events
  • Bring the flyers to local businesses in your area and ask permission to post them
  • Make signs or flyers advertising a specific animal (older dogs or pets with special needs that are harder to place)
  • Help publicize events and adoptable animals on your Facebook, blog, or Twitter account


Fundraising and Supply Drives

  • Organize “Change for Animals” at your school, by seeing which class can collect the most change to donate
  • Donate your birthday, Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah by having friends and family members bring donations for the animals to your party
  • Hold a bake sale, yard sale, or lemonade stand to raise money for the animals
  • Work with neighbors and local businesses to help organize a donation drive in your community

Visit Our Adoption Center

  • Help with cleaning, laundry, stuffing Kong and making enrichment toys at our dog Adoption Center (youth over 16 years of age only, by appointment only) ***for safety and liability reasons volunteers must be 18 years of age and older to volunteer around the dogs or during our open adoption hours***
  • Schedule a time for your class, scout troop or church group to visit our Adoption Center located in Fairfax Station, VA to help out and learn about animals (all ages welcome!, by appointment only)


Other Ideas

  • Ask your family to foster a dog or cat
  • Bake healthy homemade treats for the animals
  • Make catnip toys for cats in boarding or foster homes
  • Invite us to your school, we love to talk to kids about animal rescue and animal care


Homer’s Helpers Coloring Sheet

Download a PDF printable coloring sheet.