HOWS Project

Our missionHOWS Project was created in 2008 to address an overlooked need to help improve the lives and well-being of outside dogs in Charlottesville and surrounding counties.

HOWS Project

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Build a House

Want to build a HOWS Project Dog (or Cat) House for a critter in your neighborhood? Maybe you want to build a house for HOWS Project to deliver to a dog on our list? Or perhaps you’re driven to start a project like ours in your community? HOWS Project can help by providing you with well-crafted step-by-step HOWS Project Dog House Plans or Cat House Plans. If you reproduce our plans in any way, please give credit to both the authors (Nancy Burr and Brad Suter) and HOWS Project for the creation of the document(s). A crazy number of hours went into composing these plans.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Spread the Good Word of HOWS Project

We love assistance with spreading the word! Lots of folks know about us, but lots do not. If you have ideas and the talent to get the good word of HOWS Project out there, we’re all ears!
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Assist our Coordinators

Be it promotional items, photos, data entry, dog-house building, fencing, media, etc. etc., our Core Volunteers who hold leadership positions are always looking for assistance to help them do the best they can for the animals we serve. Teamwork!
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Join us for a Fence Day

Several times during the year we gather to erect a fence for a lucky HOWS dog who will be chained no more! These un-chained dogs “zoom” around their new spaces, overcome with their new-found sense of freedom. You can be a part of the “zoomies”; no experience necessary. Come build a fence with us!
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Help Us Transport Materials

We often need assistance getting dog houses or lumber or fencing materials from Point A to Point B. If you have a truck, van, or trailer and would like to help us move “the big stuff” around, that would be awesome.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Be an Event Assistant

The more the merrier, event assistants help with different aspects of HOWS events, from distributing flyers to selecting door prizes to setting up the merchandise table and anything in between. This is a divide-and-conquer position, with several folks working as a team in conjunction with the person in charge of each event to accomplish all tasks associated with each affair. Rewarding to pull it off without a hitch!
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Table for HOWS Project

HOWS Project holds its own events and attends quite a few others throughout the year. We often have a table set up with HOWS literature, merchandise, and giveaways! We love when passionate HOWS folks tend our table and educate passers-by about all our good deeds!
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Help Us Transport Dogs

Sometimes our clients need assistance transporting their dogs to medical appointments, spay/neuter appointments, or grooming appointments. Sometimes a HOWS dog is surrendered to HOWS Project, and we need help transporting him to the next stop on his journey. Whatever the reason, we find ourselves in need of critter transporters on a fairly regular basis. If this is your sort of thing, we should talk.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Foster an Animal for HOWS Project

On occasion, HOWS Project has dogs in need of short-term foster to heal from their spay/neuter surgery when their person, for whatever reason, is unable to keep them “inside” during their recovery period. We also, on occasion, have surrendered HOWS dogs in need of short-term or long-term foster before being moved on to a rescue group or their forever home. Perhaps your heart and home would be a good fit for one of these sweet babes.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Join Us for a Field Day

We travel as a team and deliver HOWS Project Dog Houses and other essential supplies like no-tip water buckets, stainless steel food bowls, straw or pine bedding, plus lots more to the many on our list. Be a part of what is often a game-changing day for the dogs we visit.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpWe are so fortunate to have wonderful, compassionate, motivated volunteers who make us who and what we are! If you would like to be a part of something special, please volunteer with us.
About usWe build HOWS Project Dog Houses to improve the often legal but inadequate shelters outside dogs call “home”. We’ve built over 1,000 to date! HOWS Project strives to educate people about the needs of their dogs, to be a resource for them to help them better help their animals. And, for those dogs who must spend much or all of their time outside, we provide more comfortable shelter and other amenities. All of our products and services are free to our clients.
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