Become a Volunteer

The Humane Society of Western Montana's goal is to ensure that every pet in the shelter gets a minimum of 20 minutes of human contact daily. Studies have shown that 20 minutes of human contact daily can make a difference in the life of a homeless pet. It decreases the pets anxiety which can cut down stress related illnesses and make them 'show' better to potential adopters. Your help in the shelter, out in the neighborhoods or in your town home can and does make a world of difference for the animals.

Becoming a Volunteer is Simple

  1. Complete your volunteer application- please see available shifts listed below

    Please note that we require a weekly commitment for most volunteer positions working directly with the animals.  Before submitting your application, please make sure you are able to fill one of the open shifts listed below and are able to make the required time commitment.  We review new applications twice a month (or as new shifts become available) and will email applicants able fill open shifts.  Please be aware that kids under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent at all times while volunteering.  Please see our kids page for more information on things younger volunteers can do to help shelter pets.

  2. Apply for positions 

    Please select up to three jobs of interest on your application.  We know you are excited, but please choose just three to start.  We review applications twice a month and typically prioritize applicants available to fill open shifts or volunteers with previous experience.  If you are interested in a job that is not listed as available, please consider volunteering for another open position until your first choice becomes available.

  3. Accept and train for your position

    We will contact volunteers able to fill open shifts for an orientation and trainings.  Please note that additional training is required for almost all jobs at the shelter.

  4. Record your hours

    Please help us keep accurate records of volunteer hours!  You can log hours from the shelter, home or even your phone!  Click here to log your hours.

Volunteer Job Opportunities

  •  Dog Walking, Training and Socializing (for volunteers 18 years and older)
  • Cat Socializing and Training
  • Shelter Concierge
  • Fundraising/Special Events
  • Office Assistant/Data entry
  • Kennel cleaning assistant
  • Cat room cleaning assistant
  • Shuttling animals to and from vet appointments
  • Critter Camp presenter 
  • Bunny Enrichment
  • Humane Education
  • Off-site adoption ambassador
  • Community Cats Program for stray and feral cats
  • Mowing and yard maintenance
  • HOPE Foster program
  • Spay/Neuter Clinics
  • Off-site ambassador

Volunteer Shifts available as of 11/3/15

Beginning Volunteer Shifts

  • Shuttling pets to and from appointments- days and times flexible
  • Cat socializer- weekly commitment required, Thursday 3-5, Saturday noon-2 or 2-4
  • Cat kennel cleaning- Tuesday 8-10am, Thursday 8-10am, Saturday 8-10am
  • Dog trainer- weekly commitment required, Friday 1-3 or 3-5

Intermediate Volunteer Shifts (must be current volunteer)

  • Lead Cat Socializer- Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 3-5pm 
  • Lead Dog Volunteer- Tuesday 1-3pm, Thursday 1-3pm, Friday 1-3pm & 3-5pm

Advanced Volunteer Shifts (must be current volunteer)

  • Paws Ahead Cat Socializer- Wednesday 1-3 & 3-5pm

If you are over 18 years old and able to fill one of the shifts listed above, please fill out a Volunteer Application.

Requirements for volunteering

We welcome children under 18 years old but a parent or legal guardian must accompany them. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to work with dogs. All volunteers need to attend training in your area of interest.

Because training new volunteers requires an investment of time and the animals are depending on you, we do require volunteers to sign up for shifts and be able to make at least a three month commitment. We realize that you may not be available for every shift but we request advance notice so we can fill your shift.

Please understand that our Volunteer Coordinator works part time and will get back to you as soon as possible:)  If you have time-sensitive requests or needs, please email us.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 549-4796 or

Please Be aware that the Humane Society is a busy working environment, where pet allergens, cleaning agents and high noise levels exist. Critters may jump on you, leave muddy paw prints, and could scratch or bite. Although not all jobs require hands-on involvement with shelter animals, you will almost certainly be working near dogs, cats and other small animals.

On behalf of the staff and the animals, thank you, woof and meow!