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 or email your volunteer application

    Print or email your volunteer application. Email to volunteer@myhswm.org or mail to Volunteer Coordinator at 5930 Hwy 93 South, Missoula MT 59804.

  2. Apply for positions 

    Please select up to three jobs on your application that you're interested in. Jobs that are available immediately are listed below. If you're interested in a job that's not listed as available, please consider volunteering for another position until your first choice becomes available.

  3. Accept and train for your position

    The Volunteer Coordinator willl contact you to confirm your schedule and job placement.  You will then be required to attend a basic shelter orientation and the specific training for your job. Additional training is required for all jobs at the shelter.

  4. Record your hours

    Volunteer! 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!

Volunteer Job Opportunities

  • 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

Volunteer Shifts available as of 9/30/14

  • Cat Cleaners for Petco cats- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, between 7:30-10am
  • Shelter Greeter- Wednesdays 1-3pm
  • Shelter Greeter- Fridays 1-3pm
  • Dog Trainer- Wednesdays 3-4pm
  • Cat Socializer- Tuesdays 3-4pm
  • Cat Socializer- Thursdays 2-3pm
  • Lead Cat volunteer-Tuesdays 3-5pm
  • Lead Cat volunteer-Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm
  • Office Assistant (follow up calls)- every other Saturday 11am-1pm
  • Shelter maintenance (weeding and landscaping)- Days and times flexible, 2 hr shifts
  • Food Toy Engineer (kong and food prep)- Tuesday 1-2 hr (flexible on times)
  • Volunteer Adoption Specialist
  • Photographers (website photos, events)- 1x week, day and time are flexible

Requirements for volunteering

We welcome children under 18 years old but because of liablity 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. 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 volunteer@myhswm.org.

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!