Volunteers can fill a variety of roles, such as guest escorts, dog walkers, feline socializers, cleaning, and thrift store sorters and pricers. You can volunteer in as many areas as you’d like, or focus on one particular job. We ask that all our volunteers commit to at least 10 hours a month.
We have several volunteer programs, please find your age-appropriate program below:
- Ages 6 – 15: Junior Volunteer, go to the Paws for Reading page (our new reading program for socializing animals, parental supervision required)
- Ages 16 – 19: Volunteer (apply here), please note you will need to provide a signed parental consent form before volunteering and you will not be allowed to handle the larger dogs
- Ages 19+: Volunteer (apply here), you do not need to complete any additional forms, and you may sign up for dog walking after your orientation
For the health and safety of everyone, volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without parental supervision. We do not allow children to assist parents with volunteering. Additional training needed to volunteer as a dog walker.
GHHS is always open to group volunteering, since some jobs are easier with many hands. Groups may volunteer Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm (excluding federal holidays). We unfortunately cannot schedule groups for Saturdays.
Here’s an idea of what your group may be asked to do:
- General shelter cleaning
- Socialize kittens & puppies
- Clean litter boxes
- Scoop the kennels & puppy patio
- Pick up trash around facility
- Seasonal landscaping work
Due to our small building size, we can only accommodate groups of up to 12 people. Volunteers under 19 years old must have a signed Parental Consent Form. Due to insurance restrictions, we cannot accept volunteers under 16 years old and group volunteers are not allowed to handle the large dogs.
If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please complete the Group Volunteering Form and return it to Julia Coberly (256-881-8081 x217 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Please return the completed form at least 2 weeks prior to your intended volunteer date.
GHHS hosts various special events through the year, and each event requires a special set of coordinators and representatives. If you’re interested in special event volunteering, contact the PR Manager, Danielle Eliser, at email@example.com or 256-881-8081 x216.