We are always looking for volunteers to help with any number of projects and help with the animals.
Minimum Age Requirements:
You must be at least 17 to work directly with the animals.
Children 12-16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and may participate in shelter cat care, small animal care, and certain special event activities.
No volunteers under the age of 12 are permitted.
Please fill out the Junior volunteer form for children ages 12-16 and bring it with you during your first visit. Forms are available at the shelter as well and may be completed upon arrival.
Some of our volunteer areas include:
Socialize dogs: Help keep our dogs happy, healthy, and well adjusted while they wait for their forever home. Exercise and play with them, brush them, or just sit under a tree and pet one.
Entertain a feline: Cats and kittens long for loving attention. Play with active kittens and cats or just have an adult cat curl up on your lap.
Enrichment: Assist in coming up with materials and designs for fun toys to entertain and intrigue both dogs and cats.
Reading with the animals: Bring your favorite books and read to the animals. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes in reducing stress for all involved. Plus, it gives a chance for kids to practice reading aloud in front of an audience. It’s a great opportunity for introductory public speaking.
Take pictures: Increase an animal’s chance of adoption by photographing our animals for publicity materials and our website. This is a weekly commitment of 2 hours for 2 volunteers (a handler & a photographer).
Special events: Assist with special events such as off site adoptions, donation drives, and community outreach programs that advocate animals, educate the public, and raise awareness of the Dawson County Humane Society and our mission.
Resale shop: Assist in our Resale Shop & Boutique with customer service, pricing, and shelving merchandise.
Special skills: Assist with various auto mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, general maintenance, and computer projects that arise periodically.
General Housekeeping & Landscaping: Assist with unfolding newspaper to line cages, cleaning windows and floors, dishes, laundry, etc. Also assist with maintaining the grounds and flower beds.