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.


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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Orientation and training sessions are held three times a year: - sign up for orientation 1 month prior by emailing Volunteer Coordinator, Ashley at

Orientations are held during the following months:


June -FULL-


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



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.


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


  • Groups must consist of 4-8 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

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Immediate Volunteer Opportunities

-These opportunities do not require the regular volunteer orientation-

Petco Cats

Volunteers are responsible for feeding, cleaning, and caring for our cats housed at Petco on Alpine. This is a one day each week commitment that needs to be done between 8-10am. 

Current openings for this position: Tuesdays and Thursdays

PetSmart Cats

Volunteers are responsible for feeding, cleaning, and caring for our cats housed at PetSmart in Kentwood. This is a one day each week commitment that needs to be done between 8-10am.

Current openings for this position: Mondays and Saturdays

Cat/Rabbit Transport

Volunteer would be responsible for transporting cats/rabbits from HSWM to off-site locations including Chow Hound stores, Petco on Alpine, Pet Supplies Plus stores, and PetSmart in Kentwood. This position is fairly flexible for days/times but would normally be at the end of the week. 

For more information on these volunteer opportunities, please email the Off-Site Adoption Coordinator, Sami, at