Volunteering

The Toledo 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, working in our Retail shop and so much more! We are always looking for dedicated people who want to help animals in their community!

Volunteers ages 10 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent, who has also gone through volunteer training at all times. We request that our volunteers commit to at least 6 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months.

All prospective volunteers must attend orientation. Orientations include important information about our organization.

At orientation, you will learn about our volunteer program and the volunteer opportunities that we offer. You will also fill out a volunteer application. 

For those of you who are interested in becoming dog walkers you will need to attend a second separate training session. Dog walking is a very important job here at the shelter. You will need to be able to walk dogs in all types of weather and not mind getting dirty…because it will happen!

All volunteers should be current on tetanus vaccinations and carry health insurance. Please signup to attend an upcoming orientation class below. Once you sign up for an orientation class, you will receive an e-mail reminder a few  days before orientation with more information. 

A Stay at Home order was issued by the State of Ohio that will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.    

THS is still allowed to operate at “Minimum Basic Operations” which includes caring for animals remaining at the shelter. We will be adhering to this state-wide mandate by restricting volunteers from coming to the shelter as of Tuesday, March 24th.

Animal care staff are considered essential personnel and will still be scheduled to come to the shelter daily to clean, feed and take the animals out during two shifts 8 a.m. – noon and 2 – 6 p.m.

Urgent intakes of ill/injured animals or emergency situations will continue to occur, as well as cruelty intakes. The staff will continue to process and care for these incoming animals.

We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Volunteer Handbook

What happens after I attend an orientation? 
You will receive instructions at orientation on how to complete the training process. If you are interested in learning how to be a dog walker, you must attend the scheduled  dog walking orientation. Please note: if you are interested in learning how to be a dog walker, be ready to walk dogs in all types of weather and you must be OK with getting dirty!

I’m a student in need of service hours for school or church. 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 Lisa Sommers, Director of Volunteers and Outreach, via email or at (419) 891-9028

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