Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you have a few hours daily, weekly, monthly or just occasionally, we and the pets at HSOAC can use your help! Groups are welcome as well.

However, due to the amount of training we require for some of our volunteer positions, we do ask for a commitment of 2 to 4 hours each week for specific duties. These volunteers come in for a regularly scheduled recurring shift on the same day and time each week.

Like the opportunities listed below, the times to volunteer vary and we are flexible to meet your busy schedule.

Click here to download our Adult Volunteer Application
Click here to download our Youth Volunteer Application
Click here to download our Group Volunteer Application
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We have several different volunteer opportunities available:

Dog Walker

Help increase the adoptability of our dogs by working with specific, positive reinforcement techniques to encourage them to display desired behaviors. Volunteers are trained to encourage the dogs to focus, sit and walk on a leash. Dogs also receive some exercise and socialization time. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 16 years old or 8 – 15 years old with a parent and willing to continue throughout Ohio weather.  If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Animal Caretaker

These volunteers help with the day to day care of our shelter guests which includes cleaning, handling animals, and assisting the staff. Animal caretakers keep the animals and the shelter appealing to the public by providing a clean environment and exercising, socializing, bathing and grooming shelter animals. Volunteers in this area increase the animals’ chances for adoption by keeping them cared for and presentable. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 18 years old for this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Greeter/Customer Care/Office Aide

The front lobby is the first place our customers encounter and it is where each potential adopter will form a first impression of the shelter. This location is sometimes very busy, with people working through the adoption process, needing directions to get to different areas of the shelter, and asking questions about various animals. You will be able to use your customer service skills to make each customer feel comfortable, welcome, and valued. Enter data on the computer and light filing.  You may also help answer the phones.  Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 16 years old for this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Adoption Support Aide

Use your people/animal handling skills to assist our adoption counselors in placing adoptable animals into new homes. Assist the public in the Adoption Center, cat rooms, kennels, and “get acquainted” areas. Volunteers may direct the public, explain adoption procedures, and showcase the animals. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 16 years old for this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Shelter Crew

As you can imagine, much goes on to keep our facility up and running! We could not do it without the help of our volunteers. In this position, you will be helping with laundry (washing, drying, and folding) and preparing enrichment toys for our dogs. The lobby, public restrooms, halls, offices and gift shop need to be cleaned regularly.  We want all visitors’ first impression of the HSOAC to be positive. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 16 years old or 8 – 15 years old with a parent. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Humane Education Presenter

Help spread the Humane Society mission to build lifelong relationships between people and their pets! Knowledgeable volunteers may assist with presentations on the humane treatment of animals, proper pet care and the importance of spaying/neutering pets to school groups, scout units, and public at the shelter and in the community. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 18 years old for this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Community Outreach/Special Events

Volunteers may assist at fund-raising and public relations events by helping plan events, selling retail items and tickets, registering participants, distributing flyers and brochures, staffing informational booths, and educating the public regarding animal welfare issues. If willing and able, event volunteers may pick-up, transport and set up displays and literature. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 15 years old for this position with a parent. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Pet Therapy Aide

This is your chance to bring a bit of joy and happiness into the lives of those living in retirement facilities. You pick up a specially selected dog or cat from the shelter or take your own “approved” pet to a retirement facility for regularly scheduled visitations. This program provides convalescing individuals of all ages an opportunity to spend time with animals and cultivate the natural bond between animals and humans to the benefit of both. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 18 years old for this position. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

Animal Groomer

Help increase adoptability by brushing to reduce shedding and trimming nails.  Petting, playing with them and handling the animals will make them more adoptable. Training is provided for volunteers who are at least 16 years old or  8 – 15 years old with a parent. If you are interested in the position, please fill out our volunteer application.

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