For specific Volunteer questions please email:

  • Age: PRAS allows ages 16-17 to volunteer as long as a parent is present at Orientation to sign release documents and waivers.
  • Documents Required: PRAS also has every person volunteering on behalf of PRAS sign a Non Conviction Statement indicating they have never been convicted of animal cruelty (all provided to you digitally when you apply).
  • PRAS completes a background on all volunteers who provide services in shelter * If you are attending a onetime event we have a single event waiver.


For Foster specific questions please email:

  • Age: To have an animal assigned to you as a Foster Caregiver you MUST be 18 years of age or older.
  • Documents Required: You must have a PRAS Liability Waiver signed and on file & non Conviction Statement ( all provided to you digitally when you apply).
  • Distance: You must live within 1 hour of PRAS to be eligible to foster.


There are so many things that you can do from home that will benefit our shelter animals. Making enrichment items and toys for our shelter pets is a great way to make their stay at the PRAS a more pleasant one. This can be a great way to pass some time or even get the kids involved! We have some of the supplies you might need right here at the shelter (old blankets, cardboard tubes) and many other supplies are in your recycle bag at home just waiting to upcycle. Or perhaps you have sewing or creative building skills and can help us with some projects? Do you need community service hours? Check with your sponsor to see if these activities would meet the requirements. We have a handy log for you to track your time and activities right here.

Please check out these links for some great ideas:

Peninsula Regional ANimal Shelter

5843 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA  23605

Phone: 757-933-8900
Fax: 757-933-8917

Regular Adoption Hours:

Monday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM