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Volunteer at HSWC 

Join Us in Making a Difference!

Are you passionate about improving the lives of homeless animals? Your dedication can bring joy and comfort to these animals in need. 

Become a Volunteer

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Making a Difference: It's an opportunity to directly impact the lives of homeless animals by providing the care, love, and attention they desperately need. 

  • Building Relationships: Volunteers often form strong bonds with the animals, which can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling to both the volunteer and the animals. 

  • Learning and Skill Development: Volunteers can gain valuable experience in animal care, handling, and behavior, which can be useful for future endeavors or careers involving animals. 

  • Physical and Mental Health: Spending time with animals has been shown to reduce stress, boost mood, and improve overall well-being. 

  • Community and Social Interaction: Volunteering at an animal shelter can be a great way to meet like-minded people, form friendships, and become part of a supportive community. 

  • Sense of Purpose: Knowing that you're contributing to a cause you're passionate about can provide a strong sense of purpose and fulfillment. 

  • Personal Growth: Volunteering can enhance empathy, patience, and compassion while also providing a sense of accomplishment. 

  • Flexibility: We offer flexible volunteering schedules, allowing individuals to contribute based on their availability. 

Volunteer Opportunities

SSL Hours

You can make an impact in various ways: 

  • Laundry/Dishes: Help maintain a clean and comfortable environment for our animals

  • Dog Walking: Provide exercise and socialization for our canine companions. 

  • Cat Socialization: Spend quality time with cats, providing companionship and care. 

  • Small Animal Care: Assist in the well-being of smaller animals in our care. 

  • Food Bank Assistance: Support our efforts to ensure animals in our community have proper nutrition. 

  • Transport: Transport a shelter animal to partnering rescues, pet stores, and more. 

  • Special Events: such as Polar Bear Plunge and LuHowl as well as smaller events/ adoption events. 

  • Lobby Greeters: Be a friendly face at HSWC! Greet clients, assist with adoption paperwork, and matchmake animals.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to volunteer? 

  • Volunteers must be at least 10 years old, with adult supervision. Ages16 years and older can fly solo! 

What kind of time commitment is required? 

  • We appreciate any amount of time you can dedicate! Your contribution matters whether it's a few hours a week or a more regular schedule. 

Do I need previous experience with animals to volunteer? 

  • No prior experience is necessary! We provide training and guidance to ensure you're comfortable and capable in your volunteer role. 

Are there opportunities for group volunteering or community service projects? 

  • Absolutely! Email our volunteer coordinator at for more details. 

Can volunteers bring their own pets while volunteering?  

  • Due to the risk of exposure to zoonotic disease, you may not bring in your pets while volunteering.  

When can I get trained to start?

We can work with your schedule to get you ready to volunteer! Email our volunteer coordinator to set up an orientation!

Volunteer Application

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