Volunteer Process

Join Our Cause, Get Involved

We are an organization powered by volunteers, caring people of all ages and backgrounds bound by a common love of animals. The Humane Society could not achieve its mission without the dedication of the more than 300 volunteers who donate their talent and time. We are always looking for animal-lovers who want to get involved. It's a great way to make a difference and make new friends.

Volunteer Orientation

Adult Volunteers (17+ years old):

To become a volunteer at HSMSC you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation where you will learn about HSMSC, our mission and services as well as the volunteer opportunities available. All volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer application, waiver of liability and commit to a minimum of 4 hours of service per month.

Adult Orientations are held the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. and the third Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Humane Society. If you are interested in socializing our cats, there will be an additional training.  Applications and waivers will be provided at orientation. It is not necessary to register or sign up in advance to attend the orientation.

Dog Walking Volunteers (17+ years old):

Help our dogs become more adoptable by giving them much needed exercise while using techniques that teach them behaviors that will help them get adopted and stay adopted. We color code our dogs and our volunteers to make sure the more difficult dogs are walked by more experienced volunteers.

Dog walkers must attend a special Level 1 dogwalking orientation AFTER attending a general volunteer orientation. Level 1 dog walking orientation is available on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. or the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

KPAW Program (13 – 16 years):

The KPAW program (which stands for “Kids Promoting Animal Welfare”) is a unique volunteer program aimed at getting young people in our community interested in animal welfare.  In order to be accepted into the program, potential KPAW volunteers must attend a KPAW orientation, and then submit a fundraising plan to the Volunteer Manager for approval. The fundraising plan should be a way to raise money or donations for the HSMSC off-property, and could be a can drive at school, a bake sale, a neighborhood dog washing station, etc.  The fundraising plan must happen within the first three months of membership in the KPAW program.

KPAW Orientations are held the 3rd Saturday of every month at 11AM at the Humane Society.  Volunteers must fill out an application and have a waiver of liability signed by a parent and pay $20 for their annual membership and t-shirt. KPAW orientation does require pre-registration, which is done by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Left-Home

Get Connected

Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs

Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs

SCS_logo

Provide your pet with shade
from the hot summer sun
with a pet shade from the
ShadeCloth Store!

Click on the icon above
for more details.

 

 

Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County · 935 Farm Road · Memphis TN, 38134 · 901.937.3900
Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays
.

© Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved