Becoming a Volunteer/FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

After reviewing these FAQs, you can get started by registering for a New Volunteer Orientation. All prospective volunteers must attend. The orientation is limited to the first 24 people who sign up.  Once the class is full, your name will be placed on a wait list.

What training is required?

Volunteers must complete the New Volunteer Orientation and the appropriate training workshops and/or shadow training for their assigned paths.

Can I start volunteering tomorrow?

We appreciate your enthusiasm of our volunteer program, but it does take some time and training to become a Valley Humane Society volunteer. After you attend orientation, you will choose a volunteer path and then attend the required workshops within that path. It can take some time to become a volunteer, but we are certain you will find the extensive training you receive with us to be a valuable addition to your skills.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

We ask that all volunteers be a minimum of 12 years old to work with a parent or guardian. Volunteers must be at least 16 to work independently. Some positions have different age requirements as well.

What happens during the orientation?

During the orientation, volunteers will learn more about our shelter, our programs, our volunteer program, get to know other staff & volunteers, go on a behind the scenes tour, and learn about shelter essentials and our guidelines and policies.

What is the minimum time requirement?

We ask that our new volunteers make an initial commitment of six months. Monthly minimums vary by path by plan to spend at least four hours a month volunteering to meet requirements of most programs.

Do you have drop-in volunteer hours?

No, we do not. All of our shifts are scheduled so that our animals stay on a routine.

Are there any costs associated with volunteering for the Valley Humane Society?

All new volunteers must purchase a Volunteer Starter Kit for $20 that will set you up with a volunteer t-shirt, name badge, and volunteer manuals. This fee allows us to provide your materials without taking any money away from the support of the animals in our care.

How do I get my dog involved in Canine Comfort?

Please attend a Canine Comfort Orientation where you will learn about VHS and our history and how to get involved with our Canine Comfort Program.

If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Sara Luquin or call 925-426-8656 ext 16.