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 note that we are not able to accept new applications until early November, 2015

    Please click here (link will be live when we are accepting new applications) to fill out our online volunteer application form.  We review new applications once a month and will email applicants to attend a general orientation.  If we have more applicants than open positions, priority will be given to applicants who have indicated interest in one or more of the open positions listed below.  Due to the large amount of applications we receive, we may not be able to accomodate all applicants immediately.

  2. Apply for positions 

    Please select up to three jobs on your application that interest you.  We know you are excited, but please choose just three to start out.  Jobs that are available immediately are listed below. If you are 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

    You will be required to first attend a basic shelter orientation. You can then select specific shifts, sign up for your specific areas of training and get started!  Please note that additional training is required for almost all jobs at the shelter.

  4. Record your hours

    Volunteers click here to record your hours. Please help us keep accurate records of volunteer hours. If you need to record your hours and are having trouble please email the Volunteer Coordinator at  Thanks!

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 volunteer
  • 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 9/15/15

Beginning Volunteer Shifts

  • Shelter Concierge/Greeter- Tuesday, Wednesday, 3:30-6pm
  • Shuttling pets to and from appointments- days and times flexible
  • Bunny Enrichment- Times flexible

Intermediate Volunteer Shifts (must be current volunteer)

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

Advanced Volunteer Shifts (must be current volunteer)

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

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!

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