Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

General Volunteering

We need your help. Time- and talent-givers needed for:

  • dog walkers
  • cat socialization
  • general cleaning
  • fostering
  • adoption assistance
  • special events



1. Will I have training before I start volunteering?

Yes, after attending new volunteer orientation everyone must sign up for training. Each role has training sessions that cover all aspects of the volunteer role. The time it takes to complete training varies based on trainer availability and training schedules.

2. How often do I need to volunteer?

We require volunteers to be able to serve at least four hours a month for the next 6 months. Volunteers are welcome to work more often if there is a need for shift coverage, either in a regularly scheduled shift, or by picking up open shifts online.

3. Is there an age requirement?

For the safety of our volunteers and animals, we require that all volunteers be at least 16 years of age to volunteer alone. Junior volunteers 15 years old and younger may come with a trained parent or guardian.

4. Why do you ask for a 6 month commitment?

In order to provide the animals in our facilities the best care and support, we do require volunteers to commit to at least 6 months of volunteering. This requirement helps us ensure quality training and consistent volunteer coverage. We do allow for vacations and needed days off.

5. I have a group that is interested in volunteering at your facility. What do you have available for group volunteering?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate groups of volunteers except on special projects like spring ground cleanup. Groups can support the animals in our care by making toys, collecting and donating items from our wish list or holding a fundraiser.

6. I don’t have a computer or email, can I still volunteer?

We require that all volunteers have regular online access and a current email address. Communication between staff and volunteers is extremely important and the majority of this happens online. We also require volunteers to sign up for shifts in advance online.

7. Do you accept court-ordered community service hours?

We accept school and court-ordered community service hours according to staff availability to train and need. If you're looking for school credit or court ordered community service, you can email to ask if we are accepting requests at that time. We require at least 20 hours for community service volunteers.

Upcoming Events

Cunningham Intermediate School 3rd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

March 21, 2018

Do you want a break from cooking dinner each night AND to help out some great causes? Then come on down to the Cunningham Intermediate School 3rd ...

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March 24, 2018

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