The Toledo Area Humane Society is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers. Volunteers support all areas of our organization from dog walking and kitty cuddling, to office assistance, fostering and so much more! We are always looking for dedicated people who want to help animals in their community!

Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and be accompanied by a parent at all times, if under age 16. We request that our volunteers commit to at least 10 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months.

All prospective volunteers must attend a 2 hour orientation. Orientations are offered once a month and include important information about our organization. You will learn about our 4 Paw System and start your hands on training. Please be ready to jump right in at orientation; you will learn to clean a kennel, a cat room, walk a dog, and learn how to do laundry and dishes. Please click here to see a breakdown of our 4 Paw System. All volunteers should be current on tetanus vaccinations and carry health insurance.

Our next orientation will be held after the first of the year. There is not a December class due to the busy holiday season.


Each person attending orientation must register separately.

*orientations held at our shelter, limit 30 people per orientation

What happens after I attend an orientation?
You will receive instructions at orientation on how to complete the training process for PAW 1. You will be required to complete 5 hours of volunteering within 5 weeks in order to move on to PAW 2 training.

I'm a student in need of service hours. Can I get hours at the Humane Society?
Unfortunately, due to the vast number of students in need of service hours for school and/or church, we are no longer able to offer student service learning opportunities. However, please see our list of projects and activities that can benefit the animals and earn student hours.

If you have additional questions, please contact Ann Schiffer, Development and Volunteer Coordinator, via email or at (419) 891-0594.