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. Print out the volunteer application

    Print out the volunteer application here and bring it with you to the orientation.

  2. Attend a volunteer orientation meeting

    The general orientation and training in the cat or dog department lasts approximately 60 minutes. Here are the next scheduled orientations:

    • Friday, May 9th @ 5pm
    • Saturday, May 10th @ 11am
    • Friday, June 13th @ 5pm
    • Saturday, June 14th @11am
  3. Attend a training

    Attend training in the cat and/or dog department immediately following volunteer orientations on Friday or Saturday.

  4. Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator

    After attending the orientation, email the Volunteer Coordinator, Breanne, to discuss scheduling and additional volunteer opportunities.

  5. Record your hours

    Click here to record your off site hours. You can email, mail or drop off this sheet monthly. Please help us keep accurate records of volunteer hours. Thanks!

Many opportunities available

  • Dog walking, training and socializing (for volunteers 18 years and older)
  • Cat socializing and training
  • Shelter Greeter
  • Fundraising/Special Events
  • Office Assistant/Data entry
  • Kennel cleaning assistant
  • Cat room cleaning assistant
  • Shuttling animals to and from vet appointments
  • Critter Camp volunteer
  • 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

Requirements for volunteering

We welcome children under 18 years old but because of liablity a parent or legal guardian must accompany them. All volunteers need to attend a Volunteer Orientation, and any additional training in your area of interest.

Because training new volunteers requires an investment of time and then animals are depending on you, we do require volunteers to sign up for shifts. 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 Breanne at 549-4796 or

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!