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Folks passionate about animals sought to volunteer

howl volunteers

If you’re passionate about animals and want to help preserve local wildlife, consider applying for the Helping out Wildlife Locally (HOWL) Volunteer Program.

Mission Viejo Animal Services is seeking dedicated adults interested in helping the local wildlife and community through this volunteer program.  HOWL volunteers participate in 20 hours of specialized training on the natural history of local wildlife, animal services operations, common wildlife issues and attractants. Volunteers also learn proper wildlife hazing and conflict mitigation techniques.

Once trained, HOWL volunteers receive a uniform shirt and participate in a variety of assignments that may include:

  • Wildlife patrols
  • Wildlife conflict mitigation and incident education canvassing
  • Trail and park patrols
  • Public education events
  • Wildlife rehabilitation transport
  • Disaster response assistance

Program requirements:

  • Must be at least 18
  • Must be enthusiastic about helping local wildlife
  • Ability to work outdoors, may include walking for extended periods or hiking
  • Must possess good verbal and communication skills
  • Assist with emergencies
  • Participation in community projects and events
  • Team player


  • Field volunteers are expected to complete a 20-hour introductory training that takes place in the early or late afternoon hours.
  • Volunteers are expected to complete a minimum of eight hours a month and participate in volunteer meetings, events, activities or projects.

For more information or to complete the HOWL volunteer application, visit cmvas.org.


Submitted by MICHELLE DIEKMANN on Thu, 02/08/2024 - 7:08 pm


I've always been passionate about wildlife. I own the very rare experience of having a California Long Tailed Weasel chased into my apartment by a very annoyed flock of crows. IN MISSION VIEJO! I can't fathom the odds. I am handicapped, I can do some physical work, but not hikes. I am a past fishing sportswriter for Inter. Saltwater magazine and Western Outdoor News. I do have talents that may be of use, Animals and I easily click.

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