Volunteer Opportunities

Dog Walkers


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. Dogwalkers must first attend a general volunteer orientation, and then a dogwalking orientation.

Foster Care

Volunteers foster the Humane Society animals that are not ready for adoption. These animals may be injured, abused, too young for adoption, ill, nursing mothers and pups/kittens or adult animals in need of socialization. The length of fostering depends on the individual animal's circumstances, ranging from one week to three months. The Humane Society will provide medical treatment and any equipment needed while the pet is being fostered.

Humane Education

Trained volunteers conduct presentations on the humane treatment of animals, proper pet care and the importance of spaying/neutering pets. Presentations are made in classrooms, summer camps or other locations.


Mobile Adoptions

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Volunteers assist in off-site adoptions. They help bathe and groom animals prior to the event, sell merchandise, recruit volunteers, and answer questions about the Humane Society and its services.

Special Events

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Throughout the year, we host several events that require volunteer power to help plan and execute. Volunteers can help with event set-up, merchandise sales, member and volunteer recruitment, and education. Whatever your expertise, we would love your help! Check out our events calendar.

Office Assistance

The Humane Society is in need of assistance in the office with tasks such as: answering phones, filing, data entry, etc. Brief training would be provided. Office hours are Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; and Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm. The Humane Society is closed on Mondays.

Adoption Center

Volunteers help keep the kennel area appealing to the public by providing a clean environment. They also help increase the adoptability of our animals by socializing, grooming and exercising them.

Doggie Bank Collector

Volunteers place donation canisters at area locations, collect the money on a regular basis, and count and deliver the money to the Humane Society. This program is ideal for busy people who would love to help the Humane Society, but cannot schedule a regular commitment.

Service Days

This is a one-day volunteer opportunity for work, school or social groups interested in coming out to HSMSC for a team building experience to benefit the homeless dogs and cats in our community. The day will consist of a tour of our facility and volunteer tasks dependent on projects or work needed at the time of service. Service Group days will be offered once a quarter and will require a 2 week advance notice with the number in your group so we can prepare accordingly. The 2015 service day dates follow:

May 15
July 31

If you have a group interested in signing up for one of these days please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County · 935 Farm Road · Memphis TN, 38134 · 901.937.3900

Hours of Operation:
Saturday/Sunday: 10am-6pm
Monday/Thursday: CLOSED
Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday: 1-6pm

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