Volunteer opportunities and application process

Volunteer holding orange tabby kitten

Animal lovers who are interested in lending their time and talents as an Animal Humane Society volunteer must complete a four-step process. The process is the same for both in-shelter and foster volunteer applicants.

Application process

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Step 1:  Please watch this video before completing your volunteer application. Some of the topics covered in the video will be discussed during your volunteer interview.

Step 2: Submit your application.

Step 3: After you’ve completed the application, you’ll be instructed to schedule a virtual interview with a Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Step 4: Attend your virtual interview. Our Volunteer Services Team will contact you shortly after to discuss next steps.

Vaccine requirement

New volunteers working in shelter must be vaccinated. Proof of vaccinations can be shown during interviews or submitted by email after the candidate has been accepted in the volunteer program.

Volunteer roles at AHS

Transport drivers

In the near future we will post opportunities for local and/or nation-wide driving opportunities.  Please check back soon!

Foster volunteers

Through Animal Humane Society's foster program, thousands of animals have received special care before finding their new homes. More than 2,000 animals who come to AHS each year need foster care before they are ready for adoption.

We are temporarily closing all applications while we prepare for an increase in our application fee in July.  For many years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had a $25 volunteer application fee for new volunteers.  When we moved to our tiered volunteer program structure in the summer of 2021, we piloted not charging a volunteer application fee for foundational roles as we gauged interest from the public; however, operating a large, successful volunteer program comes with expenses.  The volunteer application fee will help AHS offset some of these expenses.  The $35 application fee, due upon acceptance into the program, covers the costs of administrative processing and volunteer training and includes an AHS t-shirt as a thank you.  Volunteer applications will re-open mid-July, please check back at that time.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

In-shelter volunteers

Foundational roles

Foundational roles allow people to offer their time and talents to AHS without having to commit to long-term volunteering or specific shifts. New volunteers in these roles do not work directly with animals and are required to complete a brief training. Currently, there are two Foundational Roles available depending on which site you are applying to:

  • Shelter Assistant Volunteers assist with tasks like washing dishes, doing laundry, preparing Kongs and more.
  • Greeter Volunteers stand at the entrances and greet customers as they come in. Greeter volunteers have the opportunity to sit throughout their shifts but please note, there are limited shifts available.

Foundational volunteers receive:

  • Thorough online training
  • Brief in-shelter training during first shift
  • Flexible scheduling ― volunteers can pick up shifts as they go

We are temporarily closing all applications while we prepare for an increase in our application fee in July.  For many years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had a $25 volunteer application fee for new volunteers.  When we moved to our tiered volunteer program structure in the summer of 2021, we piloted not charging a volunteer application fee for foundational roles as we gauged interest from the public; however, operating a large, successful volunteer program comes with expenses.  The volunteer application fee will help AHS offset some of these expenses.  The $35 application fee, due upon acceptance into the program, covers the costs of administrative processing and volunteer training and includes an AHS t-shirt as a thank you.  Volunteer applications will re-open mid-July, please check back at that time.  We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Mid-level and advanced roles

Mid-level and advanced roles are animal-handling roles available to existing volunteers who are interested in other ways to support AHS. Onboarding and training for these roles is more comprehensive as they involve animal handling and advanced customer service knowledge.

After providing a minimum number of service hours, volunteers may apply to mid-level or advanced volunteer role. There is no external application process for mid-level and advanced volunteer roles. 

Group volunteer opportunities

Animal Humane Society depends on thousands of volunteers each year to help us provide quality care to animals in need. However, we are unable to accommodate volunteer groups in our shelters.

Your group can support our work and the animals in our care by coordinating and participating in offsite group service projects (like making toys, collecting and donating items from our “wish list,” or holding a fundraiser). 

Questions?

Questions about volunteering at Animal Humane Society? See our Volunteer FAQ. If you have any questions or concerns during the application process that are not answered in the FAQs, please contact us.

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns.

Contact the Pet Helpline