VOLUNTEER

There are always opportunities to get involved AND help our shelter animals.

Take the first step to volunteering by signing up!

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Dog Lovers

  • DOG WALKING | take a leash and let shelter dogs get some exercise on a nice walk outside*
     

  • DOG TRAINING / WOOF PACK | come out to our Woof Pack dog training program where you will teach our shelter dogs basic obedience, navigating home obstacles, and agility skills*
     

  • DOG ENRICHMENT | entertain our dogs with fun treat-based games that engage the brain and teach manners (basic commands, leash etiquette, K-9 nose work, making and distributing peanut butter Kongs to hyperactive dogs, etc.)
     

  • SHAMPOOCHIES | give puppies and adult dogs a bath that are in need of a good scrubbing at the shelter in our tub room*

    *must be 16 or older to do activity independently. Ask the Volunteer Coordinator about ways your minor can get involved!

Feeding Newborn Kitten

Cat
Lovers

  • CAT / KITTEN CUDDLING | give some extra love and playtime to our shelter cats in need of socialization
     

  • CAT ENRICHMENT | entertain our cats by giving them some extra special attention (treats, make interactive toys to put in their kennels for hyperactive cats, kennel-petting for more timid cats that need socialization)
     

  • PETSMART CAT CARE | clean cat condos, feed and provide water, socialize, and ensure care for adoptable cats at our partnered PetSmart locations. Get them adopted out while you’re there!

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Adoptions

  • Offsite events | assist with adoptable shelter dogs at offsite adoption events by walking them and trying to find them a forever home

  • Adoption counseling | help adoptions staff at the front desk and play matchmaker for shelter pets and adopters

 

Fostering

  • Weekend Warriors / Hiking Buddies | take a shelter pet out for a day or two or three! Have them take a break from shelter life and get some socialization and de-stress.

  • Foster | orphaned puppies and kittens (from bottle fed to 6 months) and pregnant momma pets need a foster home where they can stay to get some quiet and get big enough for adoption

  • Adoption Ambassador | take an adult shelter pet and foster them until a forever adoptive home is found!

 

Marketing/Media

  • Pawparazzi | take high quality pictures of shelter pets for profiles and shelter promos

  • Fundraising | rally your community to collect pet supplies to donate to shelter pets

  • Social Media | collect photos and videos of shelter pets and share on social media to raise awareness and adoptions

 

Transport

  • Driver | Drive shelter pets in our transport vehicle up north to other partnering humane societies to get a quicker chance of finding their forever home
    *transport drivers must be 25 years or older with a clean driving record


Email the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@shelbyhumane.org for more information about opportunities for your volunteer group to get involved with us!

*Volunteers that are minors (under 16) must have a parent or authorized adult supervise them as they volunteer.

Whether it is required or you simply want to be of much-needed help, COMMUNITY SERVICE is always needed at the shelter!

Here are daily things that volunteers can help us with:

  • Laundry | Volunteers can come to the shelter to wash, dry, and fold the numerous towels and blankets that we use every day to ensure that all of our animals have the freedom from discomfort while they are in their kennels.
     

  • Dishes | Wash, sanitize, and organize cat and dog bowls in our dish room.
     

  • Yardwork | Help us keep the outside areas clear for dogs and adopters to come through by pulling weeds, picking up litter/debris, poop-scooping, refilling outside water pales, etc.

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