Meet Interesting People

Volunteering brings together a variety of people. You can even volunteer with your friends!

Get Academic Credit

Almost all schools require and offer academic credit for volunteer work through “service learning.” This method combines hands-on learning (through service to the community) into the school curriculum. It is available in most high schools and some middle schools. Check with your guidance counselor to find out if this could be an opportunity for you!

Send a Signal to Colleges

Colleges pay attention to your life inside and outside of the classroom. Your extracurricular activities reveal a great deal about you, such as what your interests are, whether you can manage your priorities and maintain a long-term commitment, what diversity you’d bring to the student body, and know how you’ve made a meaningful contribution to something.

Get Real Experience

Volunteering is a great way for you to make a difference in your community, but it could actually be a positive impact on your life as well. Our volunteer program offers a variety of areas that may interest you. As a volunteer at our Humane Society, you will be able to make important networking contacts between you and future employers and we can help develop or strengthen the skills you need to be successful in your career and gain work experience through our program.

Share a Smile

Do you like to make people happy? Help us bring smiles to the faces of residents with disabilities at local nursing homes, schools and retirement centers! As a Pet Therapy Assistant you can take puppies and kittens on visits to these locations and brighten up these residents’ day.

Love an Animal

Do you love taking care of animals? Help the animals at the shelter by spending time with them. As a volunteer you will be able to walk, brush, bathe, feed and show the animals to potential adopters. Show these animals some tender loving care by socializing and exercising with them.

The Humane Society of St. Joseph County is in search of long term and committed volunteers to fill a variety of volunteer positions. Visit nursing homes, schools and local civic groups with shelter pets, participate in off-site adoption events, fundraisers and outreach activities or spend an afternoon walking dogs and snuggling cats. If this seems like something you would like to do, then let’s get started! If you are 16 years of age or older, you can volunteer on your own. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer at all times.

Doggy Day Out allows you to take dogs from our community shelter on outings and field trips.  Common Doggy Day outings can include a hike, a trip to a beach or lake, a sleepover in a home or even a nice dinner in a pet friendly restaurant. These outings help shelter dogs manage kennel stress, burn off energy and get more exposure in their communities.

Doggy Day Out only requires minimal training commitments for participants. This is an opportunity for those who normally wouldn’t have time to volunteer.  It allows you to engage with your community shelter and advocate for the animals. It’s a great excuse to get out and get some exercise or explore with a canine sidekick!

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this program, we are not taking new volunteers for this position until Spring 2020. Please visit the website again in April for more info!

Volunteer Training Sessions

We would love to have you join us as a volunteer but volunteer training sessions will be very limited as we search for a new Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator. Our leadership team will be offering very limited volunteer training sessions in December and January. If you are interested in becoming a long-term volunteer and can dedicate at least 8 hours a month to volunteering, please contact our Director at Genny@humanesocietystjc.org.

Volunteer Lori with Tiger
Volunteer Lori with Tiger
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