Become a Volunteer

Give Your Time… and Your Heart

Why Volunteer?

Our animals come to us with a variety of needs… emotional, social, financial, and medical. By donating your time, you can simultaneously help offset the cost of running the shelter and keep our animals happy, healthy, and ready to find new homes. The time and effort our volunteers give to the shelter is invaluable and incredible. Simply put, we couldn’t do what we do without them.

Already a volunteer? Click here to login to our Volunteer Portal!

How to Become a Volunteer

To become a volunteer, begin by completing our online volunteer application form. You can complete it online, print it out and mail it, or bring it to the shelter in person.

Next, we’ll ask you to complete a volunteer orientation session where you’ll get to:

Receive your volunteer handbook.
Learn about HSHC’s history and operating philosophy.
Discover the best ways to match your skills and interests with our needs.
Tour the facility and meet our adoptable pets.

Volunteering by the Numbers


Hours volunteered in 2015


Approximate dollar value of volunteer time in 2015


Volunteers serving HSHC


Different volunteer opportunities at any given time

  • 01.

    Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

    We have lots of jobs for our adult shelter volunteers. Some of the most pressing areas include:

    • Animal Care Support
    • General Cleaning
    • Dog Walking/Cat Loving
    • Animal Transport
    • Animal Socialization & Enrichment
    • Special Events (both on-site & off-site)
    • Special Office Projects
    • Fundraising/Marketing Support
    • Tattle Tails Resale Shop Support
    • Building Maintenance & Lawn Care Projects

    See our FAQs below for details!

  • 02.

    Corporate Group Volunteer Opportunities

    Many organizations encourage their employees to give back to the community. Some even offer a paid day off to do it! If you’d like to organize a group volunteer day at the shelter, please contact our manager of community outreach at

  • 03.

    Scout Program Volunteer Opportunities

    Encourage your troop to sponsor an animal in need! For more information, contact our community outreach manager at

  • 04.

    Opportunities for Young Volunteers

    For safety reasons, HSHC can’t allow volunteers under the age of 16 to work directly with our animals, but that doesn’t mean younger people can’t volunteer or complete community service hours with us.

    See our FAQs below for more ways young animal lovers can help!

Volunteer FAQs

What are the requirements to volunteer?

  • Volunteers are required to complete six hours of volunteer work per month to stay active in our program.
  • All of our volunteers must be 16+ years to deal directly with the animals.
  • Volunteers must submit an application online or submit a completed application to the shelter in person.
  • Volunteers are required to pay a $30 fee to cover the cost of a volunteer t-shirt, a name tag, and the volunteer handbook. Fees must be paid at orientation by cash or credit card only.
  • Volunteers must attend a mandatory orientation and training session before beginning work.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept court-ordered community service volunteer requests

What adult volunteer opportunities are available?

There are so many ways to help and apply your special skills! Please note you must be at least 16 years old* to participate in our Adult Volunteer Program.

*Requires a consent form from a parent/guardian.

  • Animal Health
  • Housekeeping
  • Maintenance
  • Special Events
  • Animal Socialization
  • Student Internships

For details on what each volunteer opportunity entails or other inquiries please contact:

What can youth volunteers do?

Our Amazon Wish List is a great place to start. Coordinating fundraisers, donation drives, or car washes for the shelter are other great ways to support our four-legged friends.

Volunteers as young as 12 can also help with onsite tasks such as laundry, dishes, and window-cleaning. (Please remember that all volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times while working at the shelter.)

Another unique opportunity for our youngest volunteers is to work with their family to become a foster home for sick or recovering animals. Please keep in mind that animals in our foster care system must be housed until they are well, even if that time extends beyond required service hours. Find out more about our Foster Program.

Volunteer Spotlight: Patricia Bottorff

Read Her Story

Pat helps out in many ways.  She’s a dog walker and transports dogs to and from daycare more than once a week.  Whenever they are short staffed, she’s one of the first ones to volunteer to help with feeding.  She’s also fostering Paris, one of our red tags.  Pat always shows up with a smile on her face and will help in any way she can.

  • As a breast cancer survivor, volunteering with HSHC was (and still is) my best ‘medicine.’ You get unconditional love, snuggles, and kisses!

    Sue Vetter, Volunteer

  • Volunteering is a joy — seeing a child’s smile with a new, furry friend brings two smiles — theirs and mine.

    Terry Ward, Volunteer

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.