Become a Volunteer

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer member of a team that saves the lives of over 10,000 animals every year!

We depend on our volunteers for many crucial tasks, and it is our goal at HSU to provide a fulfilling volunteer experience for each volunteer. Volunteer opportunities allow our volunteers to work side-by-side with HSU staff as we work to save the lives of Utah’s homeless pets.

Here are a few of the areas where volunteers can help the most. For a full list of opportunities, please scroll down and read about Choosing Your Volunteer Commitment.

  • Housekeeping Help
  • Special Events Volunteer
  • Dog, Cat, or Small Animal Care
  • Adoption Greeter
  • Intake/Transfer Volunteer
  • Animal Care Assistant Volunteer
  • Adoption Counselor Volunteer
  • Behavior and Training Volunteer
  • Foster Care Parent 
  • And more!

Here are some important points regarding the HSU Volunteer Program:

  • Your $20 application fee includes an HSU Volunteer T-shirt. 

  • Minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old. Volunteers 12-15 years of age require an adult who will be actively volunteering to accompany them. Scroll down to read about opportunities for Youth Supporters.

  • Our volunteer program offers volunteers the opportunity to determine what level of commitment will work best for them. 

  • If you are interested in creating a group volunteer opportunity, please email lisa@utahhumane.org for information.

  • Our Court Ordered Community Service Volunteer Program is a separate program, please scroll down to learn more.

 

To get started, go to the HSU Volunteerhub to create your new volunteer account.

Once you have created your account, you will have access to sign up to attend a New Volunteer Safety Training and Orientation. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@utahhumane.org.

 

 


Court-Ordered Community Service

To get started as a court-ordered community service volunteer at HSU you will first need to contact the Volunteer Department by emailing volunteer@utahhumane.org. We will email you back with a link to our court-ordered community service information page (please allow two to three business days for a response) where you will need to create a volunteer account and schedule to attend one of our bi-monthly court-ordered community service orientations.

Court-Ordered Community Service Requirements:

  • Weekly 2-hour recurring shift commitment.
  • The minimum age for court-ordered community service volunteers at HSU is sixteen (16) years old. 
  • You MUST bring your court documents with you to your scheduled orientation. We will not accept charges that are violent, sexual, or animal related. We will accept drug or theft charges provided they are Class B or C Misdemeanors only.

 


 

What if volunteering isn’t the right fit for me, but I still want to help the animals? Don’t worry! Volunteering is just one of the many ways that you can get involved and help save lives. You could try fostering a pet, which allows you to open up your home to an animal in need. You can donate money or supplies from our wish list, such as food, treats, cat litter, toys and other goods that help us to provide the best care for pets in the shelter. Sharing our adoptable pets on your social media channels can also help us to find homes for animals while helping to educate people on the importance of adoption. However you chose to help, we appreciate your support!

Choosing Your Volunteer Commitment
Our volunteers give us their time and support, and in turn, we want to lead the way in skill-building volunteer opportunities. This means that our volunteers will be able to do much more than simply walk dogs, clean litter boxes, or clean bungalows. We want to give our volunteers an opportunity to work side by side with our staff and learn skills that they can take with them beyond HSU. We are excited to announce our new volunteer opportunities and schedule. Each volunteer will have the opportunity to decide what level of involvement and commitment they would like to make. We now have 3 different tiers of volunteer opportunities:
 
Tier One Commitment Level - All volunteers will automatically receive access to Tier One Opportunities once they have attended a New Volunteer Safety Training and Orientation. There is no shift commitment with any of these positions, volunteers may sign up for these shifts as their schedule permits. Here are the Tier One Commitment Level opportunities:
  • Housekeeping Shifts - Assist HSU staff with daily cleaning and upkeeping duties.
    • Monday - Saturday 8-10 am, 4:30-6:30 pm
    • Sunday - 8-10 am
  • Special Events - Assist HSU at our many special events throughout the year, including Bark at the Moon, Picture Your Pets with Santa, Wags to Wishes Gala, and more.
    • These shifts are scheduled and posted on VolunteerHub as the event approaches. Shift times, duties, and shift length will vary depending on the event.
 
Tier Two Commitment Level - These volunteer positions will offer volunteers a chance to train to work directly with the adoptable animals and HSU staff. Due to the increased training that these volunteers will go through, and our focus on providing our animals with the consistent care they deserve, these volunteer opportunities require a recurring weekly shift commitment for 6 months. Here are the Tier Two Commitment level opportunities:
  • Dog Care Volunteers - Shifts available every day
    • Morning Dog Care Shift - 8-10 am - Assist with breakfast, clean kennels, morning potty break, clean bedding, and water
    • Afternoon Dog Care Shift - 12:30-2:30 pm - Enrichment activities, spot clean kennels, replace soiled bedding, fill waters
    • Evening Dog Care Shift - 4-6 pm - Assist with dinner, evening potty break, spot clean kennels, replace any soiled or torn bedding, fill waters
  • Cat Care Volunteers - Shifts available every day
    • Morning Cat Care Shift - 8-10 am - Assist with morning wet food, clean bedding, water and litter boxes
    • Afternoon Cat Care Shift - 12:30 - 2:30 - Enrichment time, spot clean litter boxes, ensure bedding and water are clean
    • Evening Cat Care Shift - 4-6 pm - Assist with dinner, ensure bedding and water are clean, spot clean litter boxes
  • Small Animal Care Volunteers - Shifts available every day
    • Morning Small Animal Care Shift - 9-11 am Sunday-Thursday and 10-12 Friday-Saturday - Deep clean enclosures, assist with morning feeding, clean bedding
    • Evening Small Animal Care Shift - 4-6 pm - Assist patrons, spot clean enclosures, clean bedding, refill water and Timothy Hay​
  • New Opportunity Transfer and Intake Volunteer - Assist the transfer team in preparing and caring for new animals coming in from other shelters by preparing kennels, unloading animals, giving physicals and vaccinations, photographing each animal, and getting animals settled into their kennel
    • The schedule will vary depending on our transfer schedule. The Transfer Coordinator will communicate with these volunteers to inform them of upcoming transfers and needs. Instead of a weekly shift commitment, it requires a 8 hour per month commitment.
  • Adoption Greeter - Greet and answer patron questions, check in patrons that are interested in interacting with an adoptable animal, check dogs in and out, look up adoptable animals in Chameleon. Please note, due to the forward facing nature of this position volunteers will need strong customer service skills to be successful. We will work with volunteers to find a different opportunity if it turns out not to be a good fit.
    • Monday - Thursday - 5-7 pm
    • Friday - 3-5 & 5-7 pm
    • Saturday - 11-1,1-3,3-5 & 5-7 pm
    • Sunday -  3-5 & 5-7 pm
  • Volunteer Driver - Volunteers will assist in both long drives for transfers as well as local pickups of animals or donations. Must supply clean driving record and be put on HSU insurance prior to starting. This opportunity is available for volunteers 25 and older.
    • The schedule will vary based on needs and times of transfer or donation pick up.
 
Tier Three Commitment Level - These positions are advanced volunteer positions, offering a wonderful opportunity for skill building, but will not be an appropriate fit for all volunteers. We will notify Tier Three volunteers of opportunities by email as they become available. Due to the advanced nature of these volunteer opportunities, interested volunteers will apply and interview for the position they are interested in. Volunteers that are interested in our Tier Three opportunities will not have access to any additional shifts, instead, they will be notified when we are accepting applications for any Tier Three Opportunities. If you want to notified of any of the opportunities below, please let Jenn know at your orientation or by email. Here are the Tier Three Commitment level opportunitie
  • Animal Care Assistant Volunteer - Assist the Animal Care Staff with care for all HSU animals, including the animals that are preparing to go up to the adoption floor.
    • Morning Animal Care Shift 7-10 am - Assist with morning monitoring, morning meds, and transporting animals to surgery
    • Afternoon Animal Care Shift 2-4 pm - Assist with afternoon meds, return animals from surgery and monitor their post-surgery condition, enter animal notes into Chameleon
  • Admissions Volunteer - Work with HSU staff to perform physical exams, give vaccinations, conduct surrender interviews
    • Schedule TBD
  • Adoptions Counselor Volunteer - Assist Adoption staff with processing adoptions quickly and efficiently
    • Sunday - Thursday - 3-5 & 5-7 pm
    • Friday - 4-6 & 6-8 pm
    • Saturday - 11-1, 1-3, 3-5, & 5-7 pm
  • Behavior and Training Volunteer - Assist with dog playgroups, animal evaluations, and assessments, ensure that orange collar dogs are getting the time and training they need to improve their behavior.
    • Schedule TBD
  • Grooming Volunteers - Use the HSU Groom Room to ensure adoptable animals are free of matted or dirty and encrusted fur. Grooming experience is required.
    • Schedule TBD
  • Photography Volunteers - Assist with photographing adoptable animals in the style approved by HSU. Volunteers will need to provide their own approved camera equipment. Requires a resume/portfolio
    • Weekly recurring shift requirement, to be determined after the volunteer has been approved
  • Foster Care Parent- Provide a temporary home for the following types of animals: Mama cats or dogs with kittens or puppies too young to be placed for adoption. Orphan kittens or puppies, without a mama, in need of bottle-feeding. (We supply the milk replacement formula). Kittens or puppies who are weaned but still need several weeks in a home before they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and placed in adoptions. Sick or injured animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, small pocket pets) that need time to rest and receive medication in a home. Foster homes are also needed for adult dogs and cats that need socializing. Sometimes, these animals are just kennel-shy and don’t show well at the shelter. Other animals don't do well at the shelter and benefit from TLC in a foster home. Click here for more information.
Youth Supporter Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in getting your family involved in supporting Utah’s homeless pets. Due to the nature of our work here, our volunteer program minimum age is 12 years old, but that doesn’t mean that our younger supports can’t get involved. Here are some ideas that you can do as a family to help the animals at HSU:
  • Read to cats - bring in a few of your favorite books and spend some time reading to the cats in our colony rooms. This is great socialization for our cats, especially the shy ones. You do not need to set up a time or check in with anyone to read to the cats. Kitty City is open to the public Sunday - Thursday 10-7 and Friday - Saturday 11-8. Please note: kids under 16 must be supervised by an adult while reading to the cats.
  • Organize a donation drive - work together as a family to organize a food/donation drive. Because we are a local, private nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, we rely on the generosity of our community to help provide the daily supplies we need to operate our facility and care for the thousands of homeless animals we receive each year. You can organize a donation drive to help us gather the supplies used every day here at the shelter. View our Donation Wish List to give you an idea of the types of supplies can help.
  • DIY treats and toys - make healthy treats in your own home to share with the adoptable animals. Here are some recipes to get you started.
Corporate Volunteer Opportunities