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.
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. The Monday orientation in September will be held the second Monday, Sept. 9, due to Labor Day. If you are interested in Dog Walking there will be an additional Dog Walking Orientation immediately following the general orientation. Applications and waivers will be provided at orientation. It is not necessary to register or sign up in advance to attend the orientation.
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.
Junior KPAW Program (7 to 12 years):Junior KPAW Program: For those kids interested in volunteering who are not old enough to join the KPAW program, the HSMSC offers a Junior KPAW education class. This class is held on a Saturday four times a year from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost is $25 per child, and each child will receive a certificate stating they have earned Junior KPAW status after attending the class.
The four Junior KPAW class opportunities for 2013 are as follows:
- Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- 2 craft projects
- 2 lessons pertaining to character building and responsible pet ownership
- socialization with dogs and cats