GET INVOLVED

The human compassion we have for our animal friends is almost immeasurable. A perfect example is shown in the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and energy to Humane Society of West Michigan every single year.

If you too are interested in volunteering with us, thank you. Your efforts will be greatly rewarded. No matter how to volunteer, you will play an important role in helping shelter animals find their forever homes.

WAYS TO VOLUNTEER

Dog Volunteer: Come in and socialize, walk, and enrich the lives of shelter dogs

Cat Volunteer: Socialize and pet shelter cats. Help cats de-stress

Small Animal Volunteer: Socialize rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small animals

Adoption Counselor: Work with all animals and become a matchmaker between pets and humans

Other: Administration help, data entry, help with laundry, greeting, vaccine clinics and so much more

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HOW TO START VOLUNTEERING

Orientation and training sessions are held four times a year: February, May, July, October - sign up for orientation 1 month prior by emailing Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley, at adahl@hswestmi.org

Volunteers are asked for a 6 month + commitment and a minimum of 6 hours per month.  Volunteers are also asked to have a set schedule

Orientation and training are required before you can begin volunteering

Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older prior to the orientation in order to become a regular volunteer
 

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INVOLVMENT FOR CHILDREN

While children under the age of 16 cannot volunteer regularly, Humane Society of West Michigan does have several youth programs available! These programs include animal interactions, games, activities, and humane education. Each program has different age requirements.

  • Pet Club
  • Reading Between Friends
  • Girl Scout Badge Days
  • Seasonal Camps

For descriptions on youth programs and how to sign-up, please click here.

VOLUNTEER AS A GROUP

Groups are typically enlisted to help with grounds maintenance tasks. Including: weeding, painting, laundry, general cleaning etc.

Guidelines

  • Groups must consist of 5-10 people
  • Willing to commit to a 2-4 hour shift
  • Make arrangements 3 weeks in advance
  • Availability: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-4:00pm

To arrange for your group to volunteer, please have your team leader email Julie at jtownsend@hswestmi.org

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OFF-SITE VOLUNTEERING

Humane Society of West Michigan occasionally has animals at off-site locations in order to help them get adopted. One of these locations is PetSmart on 28th St.

Volunteers are needed to care for these cats in the mornings by scooping litter, cleaning, and feeding the cats. Volunteers can also socialize and play with cats as long as they would like!

If interested, please contact Off-Site Adoption Coordination, Sami, at sjongekryg@hswestmi.org