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.

A lot more goes into running a shelter than just the direct care of animals. We need lots of help maintaining our facility with things like weeding, building upkeep, kennel repair, making and preparing treats and enrichment activities, and much more. Every job we find a volunteer for is a job we don't have to budget for, and that leaves more resources for the animals. 

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

If you think you have the time and skills to volunteer with us please review the positions and available shifts below. Your help in the shelter, out in the neighborhoods or in your own home can and does make a world of difference for the animals!

Volunteer Positions

  • Dog Field Trips - Half day adventures out of the Humane Society, scheduled in advance but no weekly commitment required
  • Dog Sleepovers - Overnight slumber parties in your home with a shelter dog who needs a little bit of R & R, scheduled in advance but no weekly commitment required
  • Dog Walking, Training and Socializing - Must be 18 or older, weekly scheduled commitment required
  • Cat Socializing and Training - Weekly scheduled commitment required
  • Cat Room Cleaning Assistant - Weekly scheduled commitment required, Shifts available, see below!
  • Humane Education/Tour Leader
  • EVENT AND FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT
  • CRITTER CAMP PRESENTER - Seasonal
  • Board Member
  • Standing Board Committees - Fundraising, Finance, Board Development, Marketing, Legislative

 

Open Volunteer Shifts

Dog Walker/Trainer/Socializer - All shifts are currently full, please check back later!

Cat Cleaner - Mondays 9-11AM, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 9-11AM, or Sundays 9-11AM

Cat Socializers - Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 and 3:00-5:00, Thursdays 1:00-3:00, Fridays 1:00-3:00 and 3:00-5:00

Fill out the volunteer application here if you can fill one of the shifts posted above. Please list in the skills/experience section of your application what shift you are able to fill.  

Thank you! 

Becoming a Volunteer

  1. Complete your volunteer application

    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 who are able to 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 jobs 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. Please list in the notes section which open shift(s) you are able to fill. Click here to view the volunteer job descriptions.

  3. Accept and train for your position

    We will contact volunteers able to fill open shifts for an orientation and trainings. Once we receive your application, we will contact you when a date for orientation is scheduled.  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.

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 weekly shifts and be able to make at least a three-month commitment to work directly with the shelter pets. We realize that you may not be available for every shift, but we request advance notice so we can fill your shift.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@myhswm.org

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!

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