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Volunteer Requirements

**You must complete a volunteer application and attend volunteer orientation before you are eligible to volunteer. **

If you have any questions, please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@thhs.org

Age Requirements:

  • You must be 16 years or older to volunteer.
  • Volunteers age 16 or 17 must have a minor release waiver completed by a parent or legal guardian.


  • Volunteer Orientations are on the 4th Saturday of every month, from 1-3pm at THHS. To be eligible to attend orientation you must submit an online application. Orientation is limited to 25 applicants. You must RSVP to reserve your spot at orientation. Five to six days prior to orientation an email will be sent to everyone who has applied online. This will be your opportunity to reserve a spot at orientation. If you apply less than a week before orientation you will not be able to attend orientation until the following month.

Volunteers Must:

  • Have regular access to the internet and an email account. Email and Facebook are the primary method of communications between THHS and our volunteers.
  • Communicate professionally, as human interaction is a requirement of ALL volunteer roles.
  • Take and follow direction.
  • Understand and fulfill all responsibilities of their role independently.
  • Read and comprehend detailed policy and protocol information.
  • Remember and follow shelter rules.
  • Have a positive attitude and be able to manage their emotions in an environment that can be stressful
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These are the available teams for Volunteering. As a volunteer, you are not required to work on a minimum number of teams:

Greeter - Taking a shift to sit at the front lobby and greet and help guests accomplish what they came to do. The greeter should stay at their desk so as not to miss anyone coming in, but when it is slow, they can get an animal and have it out there with them. We encourage any way to interact and help advertise the animals in there. Also, this position can help the front desk if there is something that we can do for them.

Clerical -Work on computers from home, help with mailings of newsletters and phone calling, when needed. Lost/Found - Watching paper to see if you can match the lost/found animals, we have files in our office as well that can be viewed and gone through to compare lost with found animals(again an excellent opportunity for parent/child team). Breed Request box – contacting people when what they have stated they want (a particular breed of animal) comes in to the shelter and is available to adopt.

Events – These are outings to get our animals marketed/adopted like Mutts at the mall, Bark in the Park, Microchipping days, Adoption events, PetSMART, etc. where you can go and handle a dog/cat or aid people in filling out adoption papers. Also we use this forum to advertise fund-raising events (Bingo, Raffles, etc.)

Outreach Program
– We present to groups around the city and need people to go speak there about what THHS needs and/or how we might be able to help them.

Quality of Life Team - Taking a shift and walking/exercising the dogs 20 min ea(2 times/day is our goal for these guys). Shifts are one hour to get three dogs out. Plus you set up bedding and provide the dog with an energy burning chew toy until they get out later that day.

Photography - Taking a shift to photograph animals and send them to our computer people to put on our site (this is good for a team of two - excellent parent/child opportunity).

Manual Labor - Cleaning yards, cleaning crates, kennels, moving things around, mowing, weed-eating, gutter cleaning, tree trimming, unfolding & rolling newspapers (invaluable), building shelves, painting, anything that looks like it needs to be done.

Cat Care – Includes cage care and cleaning practices to keep our cats/kittens safe. Training will also include how to handle cats properly and identify if there are issues to alert staff about individual animals.

Foster Care - Taking on sick, overflow for the humane society in your own home (at our expense minus food). You can set your own requirements for animals you foster, i.e. size or age and quantity.

Nursing Home Visits - Take animals from the humane society (or your own) to area nursing homes.

Grooming/Laundry - Bathing, cleaning ears, clipping nails...We call in the grooming team so the babies can smell good and beg to be handled when we have events. Groomers do not have to be professional, just a desire to bathe and maintain an animal that looks (or smells) like it needs it. This can happen for an animal at any time, not just for our events. LAUNDRY is obvious and VERY necessary!!!

Rescue Prep/Driving - This is 7a Sunday morning event until 8a. We need people to come and walk the dogs before going for a long ride (4 -5 hrs one way) to other fosters/shelters/humane societies usually in the Chicago area. Sometimes we stay to help get some of the guys/dogs out for their morning walks. Our rescue drive is the longest held on Sundays and expenses are covered by THHS and use of their van. Short distance drives are needed at all times. These short distances are at volunteers expense.