We depend on our volunteers for many crucial tasks, and it is our goal at the Humane Society of Utah to provide a fulfilling volunteer experience for each volunteer. Volunteer opportunities allow our volunteers to work side-by-side with staff as we work to save the lives of more than 7,000 homeless pets each year.
Why are volunteers so important?
- They provide direct animal support
- Help educate our community
- Provide support for our staff
- Assist in fundraising efforts
- Help complete important projects throughout the shelter
- Help showcase our adoptable animals
- Assist with events
- And much more!
Our volunteers donate more than 20,000 hours each year, allowing us to save more lives.
What kind of Volunteer Programs do we offer?
To get started
Court-Ordered Community Service
Interested community service volunteers must attend an orientation and have their charges approved before starting their volunteer work.
The minimum age for court-ordered community service volunteers at Utah Humane 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?
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 every day, 10-7. 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.
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
What do volunteers do?
Is there a commitment requirement to volunteer?
Can I just stop by and volunteer for a few hours if I have some free time?
Why is there a $20 fee to volunteer with you?
Can I complete my Court Ordered Community Service hours there?
My child is under 12 and wants to help the animals, what can they do?
How do I set up a group volunteer opportunity for my school or community group?
How do I set up a group volunteer opportunity for my work?
What if volunteering isn’t the right fit for me but I still want to help the animals?