Stay tuned for up coming 2018 Volunteer Orientation dates….
How do I become a HSSM volunteer?
Volunteering at HSSM can be a very rewarding experience. Your first step to becoming a
volunteer is to attend our New Volunteer Orientation. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian present.
I’ve done the orientation. Can I walk the dogs and socialize the cats?
Not yet and here is why. Our volunteer program is based on a 3 paw system.
All volunteers start here. The Paw 1 level gives volunteers time to become familiar with our shelter and staff. Volunteers will be at this level during their first 3 weeks and volunteer a minimum of 10 hours service during this time (maximum 2 hours each time you come to volunteer). As a Paw 1 volunteer, you may help with cleaning such as dishes/laundry, outdoor kennel clean up and you can also make enrichment bags for the dogs.
After completing your 3 weeks of minimum volunteer service, you can request to be trained in more hands-on duties such as walking the dogs and socializing cats. Paw 2 can also help out with washing the dogs.
Volunteers interested in expanding their horizon can request additional training to advance to Paw 3. You will still do all of the things listed above, as well as host dog/puppy Play Groups with any dogs marked with Play Group tags (4 dogs per group). Paw 3 can also help out with donation jar pick ups (must be over 18 to do donation jar pick ups). Paw 3 also includes helping out with offsite events when needed
I need court-ordered volunteer hours. Can I complete these hours at HSSM?
Yes, of course! To complete court-ordered community service at HSSM, you must be at least 18 years old and serving hours for a non-violent offense.
What is Volgistics?
Volgistics is a volunteer management program. It helps us keep track of who is volunteering at the time, keeps track of volunteer progress and it lets you make your own schedule. All volunteers must make a one time donation of $10 at the new volunteer orientation in order for us to keep this program up and running. This software changes per volunteer account. All volunteers will need to have an account.
Click the link to create your account:
Volunteer Information Center
What happens in the event of an injury at HSSM?
Do to the Humane Society being a non-profit organization, We do not have the funds to cover any medical expenses. At the New Volunteer orientation you will sign a waver stating that HSSM is not held liable for any injury that takes place on Humane Society property.
How often can I volunteer?
There is no set schedule. We do ask that volunteers remain active as much as they can, however we do have a limit on how many hours you can volunteer in one day. We ask that volunteers stay no longer than two hours.