Become a Volunteer

You are here

Thank you for your interest in becoming an HSU Volunteer!

Volunteers in dog run


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to volunteer with animals and be a part of a team that saves the lives of over 11,000 animals every year? We would like to invite you to attend one of our upcoming HSU New Volunteer Orientations to find out!


Upcoming New Volunteer Orientations

(RSVP via the calendar below)

Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 6-7pm FULL

Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 6-7pm FULL

October orientation date will be posted here soon, please check back at the end of August.


These orientations are the perfect opportunity for any of our supporters to learn more about what HSU does and how you can get involved. These orientations are open to the public and free to attend, which gives you the opportunity to determine if volunteering is the best fit for you without making any commitments. Space is limited, please register to attend by clicking your preferred date on the calendar.

Here are a few important things to know about our HSU New Volunteer Orientations

  • The orientations are open to the public, register below.

  • If you decide to move forward with the volunteer process, you will receive the sign-up instructions after the orientation.

  • For the safety of our supporters and animals, the 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.

  • All orientations take place at the HSU Adoption Center, located at 4242 S 300 W, Murray, UT.

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

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!

Hear what our amazing volunteers have to say.

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 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:

  • 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.

For existing HSU volunteers to access your profile and schedules:

Volunteer Information Center