Volunteering is fun
Volunteers are an incredibly important and highly
integrated part of the Missoula Humane Society. As a
volunteer you will become a heavily relied upon support
system for the staff and the animals.
A lot of time and training is put into the volunteers
at MHS to help them to better help the animals in the
best way possible. As such, we ask that each volunteer
make a three-month commitment and work a minimum of
four hours a month for the shelter.
Before becoming a volunteer consider the environment
at the Humane Society. It is fast paced, full of pet
allergens, industrial cleaning agents and high noise
levels, just to name a few. Volunteers must love working
around animals of all kinds. Although not all jobs require
hands-on involvement with shelter animals, you will
almost certainly be working near dogs, cats and other
critters of all shapes and sizes.
General Information about available volunteer opportunities
- Shelter Dog Training Help shelter dogs
mind their manners and learn, learn, learn! All volunteers
participating in this program go through extensive
training with the shelter behavior coordinator.
- Cat Room Assistant help animal caretakers
with the care and clean up of the cat rooms including
changing litter boxes, cleaning cat areas, grooming,
feeding and other duties as necessary.
- Kennel Assistant Help animal caretakers
with the care and clean-up of the kennels including
poop scoop, laundry, grooming etc.
- Petsmart Take a shelter animal to Petsmart!
Hand out shelter and humane care information. Talk
to the public about adoption policies and procedures
as well as animals that are available for adoption.
- Hug-a-Pet Take shelter animals to area
nursing homes! This is a unique opportunity that links
shelter animals back up to the community they so desperately
want to be a part of and the residents to a wonderful
part of life.
- Humane Education Assistant Go to area
schools and speak with groups about the humane treatment
of animals and the Humane Society.
- Office Assistant Help with mailings,
data entry, filing, etc.
- Pet Transit Help shuttle animals to
and from vet clinics for spay or neuter appointments.
Volunteering if You Aren't 16
How Do I become a Volunteer?
Becoming a volunteer is a pretty simple process
- Attend an informational meeting scheduled monthly
at the library in the small meeting room
- Fill out an application and speak with the volunteer
- After a brief interview an orientation at the shelter
will be set up
- A regular volunteering schedule will be put together
during the orientation based on your availability
and the needs of the shelter
- Finally, you will get department training in the
specific area in which you will be working. You will
continue to get more training the longer you are here.
If you are interested in volunteering, give the volunteer
coordinator a call to register for the next informational
email the Volunteer Coordinator.
In addition to the almost insurmountable number of
daily tasks that the small staff at MHS takes on, there
are numerous other ways to help:
- Fund-raising events
- Planning Committees
- Yard Work
- Shelter Maintenance
- Board membership
- Public Relations
- Computer work
- Graphic art