Volunteer at the Bay Area Humane Society!
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the Bay Area Humane Society! Volunteers are a key part of our operations and we could not achieve our mission without their support. We recognize the valuable roles volunteers play and are committed to providing thorough, hands-on training and ongoing support to every volunteer.
The Shelter is always seeking volunteers to help give homeless pets a second chance. We offer a variety of opportunities to fit the skills and abilities of nearly any pet lover.
Is Our Program Right For You?
We hope so. The link below has a list of current Vounteer Opportunities. Due to the amount of training required for most volunteer positions, we require a personal commitment of at least 6 months of service for any position that involves working directly with the animals. If you are unable to make the 6-month commitment, we encourage you to consider volunteering in our more flexible areas including special events and fundraising.
Once a month there will be an information session offered. You will have an opportunity to tour the shelter, watch an informational slide show, and ask the program manager any questions that you may have. Volunteer information sessions are typically held the first Saturday of every month, unless otherwise noted see listing of dates below. There is no information sessions in December due to the holiday season.
If any of our volunteer positions look interesting to you, taking the next step to become a BAHS volunteer is easy. Just fill out and submit the Volunteer Application Form. After your application is received, the program manager will contact you to schedule an interview. Volunteers are required to pay a one-time application fee of $10.00 to offset the administrative costs of running the volunteer program. Each volunteer is required to purchase a BAHS volunteer t-shirt and wear it at all times when volunteering. T-shirts are $15 each.
New volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 10 hours doing housekeeping duties around the shelter before animal handling is allowed. Once the 10 hours have been completed, volunteers will then receive an apron that can be used to hold animal treats. Volunteers will not be allowed to handle animals unless they have received an apron. Additional training may be required for some jobs.
Volunteer Information Session is held the first Saturday of every month, unless otherwise noted see listing of dates below. There is no orientation in December due to the holiday season.
Information Session: 10:30am - 12:00pm
2013 Information Session Dates: March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th, June 8th, July 20th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, and November 2nd.
For more information or if you have any questions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find our volunteer application here: Volunteer Application Form.
Here is a list of our current Volunteer Opportunities
Already a Volunteer?
Click on the link below to view volunteer opportunites or to submit your volunteer hours.
Here is a list of our current Volunteer Opportunities
Family Volunteer Program - children ages 8 to 18 years
The Family Program is for families with children between the ages of 8 and 18 who want to enjoy the experience of volunteering together at the shelter as a family unit. In the family program, a parent or guardian must volunteer with the children and provide constant close supervision of the children while volunteering. Bay Area Humane Society is not able to supply adult partners for this program.
Adult Volunteer Program - ages 18+ years
You can join the Adult Program if you are 18 years or older on the day you completge the application process and you do not intend to bring children with you to volunteer.
The Volunteer Program is not open to community service or school-mandated service at this time.
Volunteer Foster Homes:
Volunteer foster homes are critical for shelter pets with special needs. Cats, dogs, and sometimes small animals come into BAHS and need a little extra TLC in a temporary foster home to help them become healthy, happy, and ready for adoption. Our biggest need is foster homes for underaged kittens with and without moms. The health and behavior of all potential foster pets is evaluated prior to foster placement, and BAHS can provide most of the supplies (food, medications, dishes, toys, etc.). Click here for the Foster Care Manual & Application. You can then submit the application to the Foster Coordinator via fax, email, mail, or drop it off at the Bay Area Humane Society. After the application has been approved, there will be a brief orientation and tour, and then we will set you up with your first foster pet! You can contact Tania, the Foster Coordinator, at (920) 469-3110 ext. 104 or e-mail Tania@Bayareahumanesociety.com. Whether you foster one or two at a time or a whole litter, you are making a difference to pet who will someday be someone's furry family member!
You can foster without going through volunteer orientation.
There are many important volunteers needed in the planning and organizing of fundraising events like Pet Walk, Bark of the Bay, and Brewfest. If you like to be creative, research pricing, ask area businesses for in-kind donations, or if you have experience in promotional planning or any aspect of fundraising, please give us a call!
Each event also depends on many volunteers helping the day of the event with set-up & take-down, registration, monitor auction tables, and much more. These events do not require a volunteer orientation. If interested, please contact Tanya Zwick at email@example.com.
These programs are made possible thanks to generous donations from:
- Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust
- The George Kress Foundation, Inc.
- Cornerstone Foundation, NEW, Inc.