Hours cannot be used toward court-ordered community service.
The minimum age to volunteer is 12 years of age.Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 15 must volunteer with their parent or legal guardian at all times. Both individuals must sign up for, and attend the Volunteer Orientation. Volunteers under the age of 16 volunteering at the shelter or HHS event without a parent or guardian will be asked to leave.
Volunteers 16 years of age and older are considered adult volunteers. Student and Adult volunteers are required to volunteer twice a month for 6 months minimum.
Volunteers who need community service hours for school must serve a minimum of 30 hours before the Volunteer Coordinator will sign off on any hours.
Match Makers are probably the most important of all Volunteer activities. Match Makers are the crucial link between potential adopters and their new life-long friend.
This volunteer duty consists of assisting potential adopters, and helping make sure kennel cards are correct and are on the appropriate dog kennels. Match Makers take dogs to meet potential adopters, and explain the adoption process to potential adopters. Knowledge of dog breeds and dog behavior is helpful but not required. Knowledge of HHS dog’s personalities is essential to match making. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity.
Dog Walkers take dogs to designated off-leash areas to make sure dogs are properly socialized and exercised. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity. Volunteers are encouraged to leash train each dog as they walk it to the off-lease exercise areas.
Dog Bathers help our adoptable dogs look their best by bathing them and brushing them.
This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity. Inside and outside tubs are provided. Shampoo and brushes are provided through donations.
Grooming is done in our inside kitchen. Many dogs come into our facility badly matted and need to be shaved down. Other dogs just need a trim to look their best. Some grooming supplies are provided, but it is recommended that if volunteers own their own grooming supplies that they bring it with them.
Chow Hound Program
The Chow Hound Program is designed to help our extra-skinny residents put on some much-needed weight! Volunteers are asked to prepare extra/special meals, then to encourage and praise our Chow Hounds during feeding. There are always dogs on this list, so we always need help feeding them - 7 days a week. It is amazing what a few weeks of extra meals can do for our furry friends!
Cat Attendants socialize cats and assist potential adopters with any question they may have about the adoption process. Knowledge of cat behavior is helpful but not required.
Puppy Room Attendant
Puppy Room Attendants will monitor potential adopters while they are looking to adopt our small dogs or puppies. This volunteer duty is responsible for checking potential adopter’s passes to ensure they are only looking at dogs they are approved to adopt, and bringing puppies to and from the meet and greet rooms.
Door Greeter/ Computer Assistant
Door Greeters are responsible for greeting potential adopters and explaining the rules of the adoptions building before they walk around. These volunteers are also responsible for answering any general adoption questions.
Computer Assistants are responsible for walking potential adopters through the steps of filling out the online adoptions application. These volunteers are also responsible for answering any general adoption questions.
Photo / You Tube Team
Photo team members take pictures of adoptable animals. We use these pictures on our web site and printed materials. Photo team members must have a digital camera.
You Tube team members take video’s of our animals to post on You Tube. This volunteer duty enhances the chance of many of our long term residents getting adopted.
This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity.
Animal Enrichment Team
Shelter life can be very stressful on an animal and sometimes boring! The enrichment program consists of volunteers collecting items to make toys and other enrichment items for the animals. These items and toys are intended to exercise the minds of the animals and keep them entertained.
Mobile Adoptions Team
Mobile Adoption Team members work with each other at our off-site mobile adoption locations. Mobile Adoption Team volunteers assist in setting up the mobile adoption area, handle our adoptable animals, screen and counsel potential adopters, and handle financial transactions. This opportunity requires training in addition to the new volunteer orientation. Date, locations, and times vary, but off-site adoption events generally occur on the weekends. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity.
Foster Home Program
Care for very young or very ill animals in home. Requires an additional interview and in addition to new volunteer orientation.
Humane Education/Community Outreach
Speak to children at schools about pet care and preventing pet abuse. Go to festivals, fundraisers, and other events to discuss animal welfare issues. Dates, locations and times vary.
Assist shelter and administrative staff with mail outs, phone calls, making adoption bags, data entry, and more.
Help us solicit donations and sponsorships from the business community. Take HHS literature and event flyers to businesses in your community.
On site help at fundraising events such as the K9 Fun Run, Par “Fore” Pets Golf Tournament, Howl-o-ween Pooch Parade, Holiday Gift Wrapping, HHS Gala, Pet-a-thon and more.