Volunteering your time is one of the best ways to help animals. Whether you walk the dogs at the shelter or donate a day to run the thrift shop or help with a fundraiser, you can make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected animals. When you give the animals the gift of your time, you'll get back as much as you give -- maybe even more! Please help us help them.
Check out some of the opportunities we have available for our volunteers!
Shelter Chores Volunteer
The shelter chores volunteer will assist animal care staff with various tasks that may include cleaning living areas of the animals, laundry, and possibly organizing materials necessary for animal care. This is a great hands-on opportunity for any college student going into an animal based field of study.
Meet and Greet Volunteer
Our meet and greet volunteers are invaluable! These volunteers help to represent MHF at various locations throughout our community raising awareness and educating interested families on our adoption procedures and encouraging them to fill out our online application. It is always a great time to get know the animals, other volunteers, and chat with animal lovers interested in adopting! If you are a people person who loves animals this may be the opportunity for you!
Our fundraising volunteers are a jack of all trades. From a black tie dinner/dance to more casual events, there is something for everyone! Some volunteer tasks may include setting up display tables, occupying our info booth, walking dogs during cocktail hours, managing merchandise sales, and many other activities! Flexibility and willingness are key for these volunteers!
This is one of the most important volunteer positions at MHF. TLC volunteers assist staff in meeting the physical, mental, and social needs of all the animals here at MHF. All TLC volunteers attend an orientation, basic training, and behavioral training session so that they are confident and armed with many skills to help our animals reach their fullest potential. Our TLC volunteers help us give our animals all the attention they deserve!
Our foster volunteers help us to get our adoptable animals into home environments and assist in socializing the animals. These volunteers donate their time and homes to animals in need! Leaving the foster home situation, animals leave with skills that prepare them for their furever homes.
Food Drive Volunteer
Our food drive volunteers help us gather the supplies needed to run and maintain an animal shelter every day. Food drive volunteers will set up a small booth in front of a designated location for a specified period. They will politely hand out supply lists and encourage people to donate food and supply items. This is a great opportunity for parents and children to volunteer together for a good cause!
Our transport volunteers help us get our animals from place to place! We use local area vets to do many medical procedures and surgeries, but sometimes we must travel up to an hour away for appointments. That is where you come in! We have two shelter vehicles for transportation purposes, but you are welcome to take your own vehicle if it is large enough to transport all the animals on the trip. Most drives occur during the week, as this is when most vet offices are open. You must have a valid driver's license to help with this activity. We are always looking for flexible, dependable volunteers to help us with transportation!
Community Cat Program Assistant
Our Community Cat Coordinator is one of the busiest members of our staff and needs your help! Community cat assistants will be taught everything they need to know. We will instruct volunteers in setting humane cat traps and educate them in safety when working around these creatures. This is a job for folks who are dedicated and always up for a challenge!
Compassionate Kids | Junior Volunteers
What would this world be without compassionate kids? They are our future and it is up to us to teach them a love and understanding for our 4 legged friends! It is very important for children to learn empathy as well as responsible care of animals. Our junior volunteers are a welcome and valuable presence in our shelter! Socialization is very important in helping us to find furever homes for the animals, so it is very helpful to introduce our shelter dogs and cats to little people. Anyone under the age of 16 MUST have a fully trained adult present at all times. No one under the age of 14 may walk a dog alone.