Our Volunteer Program

Volunteering at SafeHaven Humane Society provides a great way to work directly with animals, or indirectly to assure their welfare. We have a limited paid staff and depend on hundreds of volunteers to help care for the animals entrusted in our care.

While most volunteer positions involve one-on-one animal care, other positions are related to work that keeps us functioning smoothly. We provide training for all volunteer positions to prepare you for not only the specific task in which you've chosen to perform but also so you'll feel safe, comfortable, and prepared for handling animals in a shelter environment. Whether you work directly with animals or indirectly through other positions, volunteering with us is a rewarding experience that helps contribute to the welfare of hundreds of animals!

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age or older (if under 16, visit our Kids page)  All volunteers under 16 years of age will need an adult to attend orientation and volunteer with them.
  • Able to commit to scheduled volunteer shifts
  • Able to bend, twist, lift, squat or stand for long periods when working directly with the animals
  • Possess a positive attitude as our volunteers work directly with staff, visitors and other volunteers
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation
  • Make a Commitment.  SafeHaven asks for a minimum of 12 hours per month for active volunteers.

Becoming a volunteer at SafeHaven Humane Society is easy! You just need to follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Volunteer Application  The first thing you need to do in order to become an active volunteer is fill out our volunteer application, found at the bottom of this page. Once your application is recieved, the volunteer coordinator will contact you with the dates of the next available orientations.

Step 2: Orientation & Training  During orientation you will learn about the mission of SafeHaven, take a tour of the shelter, and look at all the volunteer opportunities available to you.  If you are wanting to volunteer directly with the animals then you will also be required to participate in a basic animal handling class.  SafeHaven offers two volunteer orientations every month. The orientation lasts approximately two hours and will provide you with a tour and overview of our shelter and allow you to get acquainted with our volunteer program. This is a great opportunity to come and see if SafeHaven Humane Society is right for you! AN RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND OUR ORIENTATION.

Step 3:  Purchase Volunteer Supplies.  You will need to purchase your volunteer equipment.  This includes an apron and name tag for the cat area ($25) and/or apron/name tag/and leash if working on the dog floor ($35).  These supplies must be purchased prior to your first volunteer shift.  Purchase your volunteer supplies at the time of orientation.

Step 4: Scheduling  We have a very small staff and we depend on volunteers to help us care for all the animals at the shelter. Because of this, we ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of two hours per week, which they schedule ahead of time from home.  To sign up to volunteer with SafeHaven Humane Society please see our Online Volunteer Application.