Volunteer With FPOW

Fairfax Pets On Wheels appreciates the dedication and commitment of the people and pets who are the lifeblood of our all-volunteer organization.
There are lots of ways to help us make a difference every day.

Pet Visitation

FPOW volunteers and their pet partners make a difference every day by touching the lives of thousands of people in Fairfax area nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and adult day health care centers. Regular visits provide an opportunity to share the unconditional love of a pet and improve someone’s quality of life. In return, human volunteers get to spend more time with their pet – and make new friends.

Steps to Become an
FPOW Pet Visitation Team

Pet visitation volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Minor children may volunteer only in conjunction with an adult volunteer and only adults are permitted to handle the pet within the facility.

Step 1. Submit an online  volunteer profile.

Submit your profile here

Step 2. Attend a new volunteer orientation.

Register for the next new volunteer orientation

Step 3. Have a pet behavior assessment by FPOW volunteers.

Pet Behavior Assessments

Step 4. Get fingerprinted at a designated county facility for a background and driving record check.

Background Check Process

Step 5. Have a veterinarian certify the pet’s wellness on FPOW’s health form (required annually).

Health Certificate

Step 6. Take the one-hour online Adult Protective Services Mandated Reporter Training and submit the certificate of completion to FPOW.

Mandated Reporter Training

Step 7. Pass an onsite orientation at the chosen participating facility.

Facilities We Visit


There are many ways to be part of FPOW! Let us know how you'd like to help.

Contact us

Serve on a committee

Work on special projects

Help with volunteer appreciation

Be part of education & training

Join the Speakers Bureau

Provide event support

Write newsletter articles

Help with fundraising 

Update our website 

Work on social media 

Fairfax Pets On Wheels. Inc.

12011 Government Center Pkwy #708
Fairfax, VA 22035
[email protected]

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