Individual Volunteer Opportunities
There are many ways and opportunities for you to Volunteer at the Houston Humane Society! You just need to be 18 years of age or older and have the time and passion for helping animals. Please read below to see which volunteer opportunity appeals most to you!
Volunteer Spotlight: If our animals could speak, they would be the best ones to share how amazing HHS volunteers are.
Meet Janice - A warm and caring woman, who devotes her days to those less fortunate. You can find Janice often working with the dogs who are the most scared and nervous in the shelter. She is patient and reassures them they are worthy of being loved again.
If you adopt one of Janice's special animals, you can bet Janice will be there to send them off with a big hug and kiss! And you will see firsthand how much the animals appreciate and LOVE her.
Thank you. We hope your stories can inspire, motivate and spread kindness.
Become a Match Maker
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. Volunteers are encouraged to leash train each dog as they walk it to the off-lease exercise areas. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity.
Dog Bathers help our adoptable dogs look their best by bathing and brushing them. Grooming is done in our inside kitchen, and inside and outside tubs are provided. Many dogs come into our facility badly matted and need to be shaved down. Other dogs just need a little trim to look their best. Shampoo and brushes are provided through donations, however, if you have your own feel free to bring them with you. This opportunity requires some bending, carrying, and high level of physical activity.
Become a Cat Attendant
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.
Become a Small Dog/ 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 and/or 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 / YouTube Team
Love taking pictures or videos of animals?! Then you may be a wonderful addition to our Photo and video team! Our Photo team members take pictures of adoptable animals and we use these pictures on our web site and printed materials. You must have a must have a digital camera. YouTube team members take video’s of our animals to post on YouTube. This volunteer duty is very important and enhances the chance of many of our long term residents getting adopted. This opportunity requires a high level of physical activity.
Chow Hound Program
The Chow Hound Program is designed to help our extra-thin animals 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!
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. They 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.
Humane Education and Community Outreach
Do you enjoy public speaking and working with children? This opportunity allows you to 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.
Do you enjoy doing administrative work? You can assist shelter and administrative staff with mail outs, phone calls, making adoption bags, data entry, and more.
Are you outgoing and feel comfortable asking for donations? Help us solicit donations and sponsorships from the business community. You can also take HHS literature and event flyers to businesses in your community.
Help us during Special Events
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 is needed. We always need an extra pair of hands to make these events a success!
Thanks for your interest in volunteering with the animals at the Houston Humane Society. There are many ways for individuals, groups or companies to interact with and help our animals.
- Group Volunteer Event - companies and groups can volunteer at the shelter or with special events. Groups have the opportunity to walk dogs, socialize with cats, bathe dogs, hand out Kong treats, and help with any administrative tasks needed. Everyone must be 18 years or older to walk dogs. To schedule a group volunteer day, please email in this Volunteer Form.
- Host a fundraiser - have a bake sale or car wash and give proceeds to the Houston Humane Society.
- Organize a supply drive - help collect things we need the most from our wish list, including items from your home that can be reused to help animals in our shelters.
- A group craft-making project - be creative while making dog or cat toys. We also often have rabbits and guinea pigs who appreciate chew toys too!
- Schedule a Group tour - want to see what HHS is all about? Come tour our lovely facility and meet our animals! Tours last approximately 1hr and must be scheduled in advance.
If you have any questions, please email to our Volunteer Coordinator, Sue Curtis, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We appreciate the time you spend interacting with and helping our animals, but not as much as our animals will!