Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Volunteer Application

Thank you for considering giving your time and talents to help lost and homeless pets! Volunteers provide our animals with care and compassion and also help save our organization time and money so we can redirect those resources to helping more pets! We’re grateful!

Volunteer requirements: 

  1. Animal volunteer positions require a minimum commitment of four hours a month for at least 6 months.
  2. Non-animal volunteer opportunities are as needed and may include office, special events, fostering, etc.
  3. Must be over the age of 16 or with a trained adult volunteer over the age of 18 if between the ages of 8 and 15 years old. For safety reasons, volunteers under 16 years of age never work alone with the animals.
  4. A valid email address and online access are required for all volunteer positions.

To apply:

  1. Please review and consider the different volunteer requirements and opportunities available.
  2. Complete a volunteer application and sign up to attend new volunteer orientation.

The process:

  1. Once you submit your application, an automatic response email will be sent inviting you to complete an online volunteer orientation.
  2. At an orientation, you’ll learn more about our programs and policies, catch a glimpse of our fun, nurturing culture, and become familiar with all the information you need to successfully contribute to our mission.
  3. You will then sign up for training in whatever volunteer area you chose! You can, and are encouraged, to get trained in more than one area.

We look forward to you joining us, and thank you for the gift of YOU!

Upcoming Events


Kauffman’s Country Store Adoption Event

May 28, 2022 (9 AM-1 PM) -

Stop by Kauffman's Country Store on May 28th and say hello to our volunteers! They are ready and willing to answer any questions you may...

Petco Adoption Event

June 4, 2022 (11:00am - 1:00pm) -

Please stop by and meet some of our adoptable pets who are looking for a great home! You can speak to some of our amazing volunteers to learn...

News & Announcements


Faith Stephens, Adoption Supervisor & Community Outreach Coordinator HSSW on Stan Milan Show

JANESVILLE, WI (WCLO) - Faith Stephens, adoption supervisor & community outreach coordinator joins the show to discuss funds received from the Streigel Family Christmas display, adoption and...

Milton High School Students Organize Pet Adoption Event

MILTON, WI (GazetteExtra.com) - A pet adoption event Saturday, January 8th at Milton High School organized by students benefited the Humane Society of Southern...

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