Animal Services Academy


Welcome to the Animal Services Academy!

Based on the recent success of the Volunteer Ambassador pilot program, we will be launching the Animal Services Academy this fall. This free virtual program is being offered to all eligible residents of Washington County. 

What is the Animal Services Academy?  

It’s an opportunity for anyone 16 years or older in Washington County to learn about the services and resources we offer the people and pets in our community.  

After completing the 10-week Animal Services Academy, participants can apply to become an official Volunteer Ambassador! These specially trained volunteers help answer animal welfare questions within their own communities. Volunteer Ambassadors may share information with neighbors and friends informally (either online or in person) or represent Washington County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter at community events, such as farmers markets and local fairs and festivals. Even if you choose not to become a Volunteer Ambassador, the knowledge you will gain at the Animal Services Academy will be beneficial to you, our community, and the animals we share our lives with.   


Registration for the Fall 2021 session is closed. If you would like to be contacted when registration for our next session opens, please email Karrie Johnson at