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Thank you for your interest in becoming an HSU Volunteer!

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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?


    Thank you for your interest in becoming an HSU Volunteer! 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. We are currently in the process of creating a new volunteer program to offer our volunteers more opportunities to get involved. These new volunteer opportunities will 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 volunteer opportunities that we will be offering as we roll out our new program.
  • Dog Care
  • Cat Care
  • Small Animal Care
  • Adoption Greeter
  • Adoption Specialist
  • Intake/Transfer Assistant
  • Admissions Volunteer
  • Animal Care Assistant
  • Behavior and Training Assistant
  • And more!

We are almost ready to start onboarding new volunteers. Please keep an eye on our website over the next few weeks. We will be posting the sign-up information as soon as we are ready to start training volunteers in the new program. We expect this to happen around the beginning of November, so stay tuned!


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.

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:

  • 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.