Volunteer Positions Summary
All volunteers must submit a Volunteer Application and attend a Volunteer Orientation prior to volunteering.
- CANINE & FELINE ENRICHMENT – Dogs and cats both have need of human interaction and socialization. Some animals come to us as strays or puppy mill dogs and must learn human touch. Animals that were abused need to learn trust. Playing ball with a dog or stroking a cat is essential for the animals and does wonders for human dispositions! Animals (particularly cats) need encouragement to exercise.
- CLERICAL – Clerical help is often needed for filing, stuffing envelopes, etc. on an as-needed basis. Assisting at the front desk of the shelter is desperately needed.
- DOGGIE BANKS – Our Doggie Bank fundraising program requires individuals who will pick up proceeds from the banks once each month and deliver to the Finance Director. Also, we need people to assist in recruiting locations for placing of new banks. A special training is required prior to taking on this position.
- FOSTER PARENTS: Bottle feeders, nursing moms/babies, special needs, & animals recovering from surgery, skin conditions, or other types of health concerns often heal more quickly outside of the shelter. A separate Foster Parent Training class is necessary.
- FUNDRAISING/SPECIAL EVENTS – The HSMC holds several fundraising events each year. These events take dozens of people to put together and volunteers are vital to their success. You may be asked to help post flyers, solicit prizes from local businesses, sell tickets in advance, help with organization at the event, the list goes on and on! If you’re not available on a consistent basis and want to be involved a couple of times each year, we’ll be more than happy to put you to work on special events!
- GROOMERS – You only get one chance at a first impression. We want our animals to look their best when potential families come to call. You don’t have to Volunteer Orientation prior to volunteering be a professional groomer to participate. If you don’t mind getting a little wet and can handle a wiggly dog or cat at bath time, you’re what we need! Professional groomers can jump right in.
- HUMANE EDUCATION – Children are the key to reducing the incidences of animal abuse and abandonment. By teaching them at an early age to respect animals, we will see a decline in incidents in the future. To that end, we have instituted a humane education program in the public schools, at summer camps, and at children’s organizations. We need people that are experienced in teaching children and who love animals to assist in these classes.
- PHOTOGRAPHERS – A picture is worth a thousand words! People with photography skills can help take pictures of available dogs and cats for us to include in promotional materials and on our website. We also need photographers at our special events.
- THRIFT STORE – The HSMC Thrift Store is a major source of HSMC funding. Its hours of operation are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday.
- TRAVELING TAILS – Volunteers take select HSMC adoptable dogs to various locations to visit the residents. Special training and scheduling are required.
- WALKERS – Our dogs enjoy the luxury of playing all day in assigned play yards (weather permitting). However, we are always in need of volunteers to exercise our dogs. Dogs who walk well on a leash are more adoptable.