Becoming a Volunteer/FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

After reviewing these FAQs, you can get started by checking out our open shifts. When a shift is available that you can do, please email the volunteer manager and you will be scheduled for trainings.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years or old, and be fully vaccinated. We ask for a commitment of one shift per week and for one year.  All volunteers must be able to meet our Essential Job Function.

Can I volunteer with my child?

No, unfortunately each volunteer must be able to do the required job on their own with no assistance. We do not have “parent child volunteering”.  Please read our Essential Job Function for details.

Can I volunteer as a team?

We do not have “team” volunteering. Each individual must be be able to do the required job with no assistance.

What training is required?

All volunteers must complete the New Volunteer Orientation and the appropriate training workshops and shadow training for their assigned paths.

Do you have drop-in volunteering?

We appreciate your enthusiasm of our volunteer program, but we rely 100% on volunteers to care for the animals, therefore each volunteer must make a commitment and work a weekly shift on a set schedule. We do not have drop in volunteering.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and willing to make a one year commitment.

Do you have community service volunteering?

We do offer volunteer opportunities for youth working on community service hours. We ask for a six month commitment and working a weekly shift. The same volunteer requirements apply.

We do not offer “Court Ordered” community service hours.

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

All new volunteers must purchase a Volunteer Starter Kit for $30 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 fill out and mail in the handler application and dog application. Please read about our program here. After review you will then be contacted to 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 Shoshannah Reed.