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 click here to fill out our online volunteer application form.  We will contact you once we review your application.

  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

    You will be required to attend a basic shelter orientation. You will then select a specific position and shift and email the Volunteer Coordinator with your choices. The Volunteer Coordinator willl contact you to confirm your shift and position. Additional training is required for 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 would like to record your hours and are having trouble please email Jaime 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 8/29//15

Beginning Volunteer Shifts

  • Concierge- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30-6pm, Friday 1-3:30pm & Saturday  2:30-5pm
  • Cat Socializer- Tuesday 1-3pm
  • Very Determined Puppy Enrichment- Come and give Tom Turkey some love and attention. Times flexible
  • Food Toy Engineer- Times flexible
  • Dog Training- Tuesday 3-5pm, Wednesday 3-5pm, Friday 1-3pm & 3-5pm, Saturday 12-2pm & 2-4pm
  • Shelter/Trail Maintenance- Times flexible.
  • Shuttling- Days and times flexible
  • Bunny Enrichment- Times flexible

Intermediate Volunteer Shifts

  • Lead Cat Socializer- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 3-5pm \
  • Lead Dog Volunteer- Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1-3pm, Friday 3-5pm & Saturday 2-4pm

Advanced Volunteer Shifts

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

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.

Please understand that our Volunteer Coordinator works part time and may not be able to accomodate all schedule changes/requests.  We will do our best to work with your schedule but on occasion, may not be able to meet your exact scheduling needs.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Jaime 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!