Volunteering your time is one of the best ways to help animals. Whether you walk the dogs at the shelter or help with a fundraising event, you can make a difference in the lives of shelter animals. When you give the animals the gift of your time, you'll get back as much as you give -- maybe even more. Check out some of the opportunities we have available for our volunteers!
Shelter Chores Volunteer
The shelter chores volunteer 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
These volunteers help represent MHF at various locations throughout our community by introducing the public to adoptable animals and educating interested families on our adoption procedures. 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: they help us give our animals all the attention they deserve!. 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 and basic training so they are confident and armed with many skills to help our animals reach their fullest potential.
Our foster volunteers help us to get our adoptable animals into home environments and assist in socializing the animals. They also assess an animal's personality and behavior in a home (which can differ greatly from what the animal exhibits in the shelter) and help advertise their foster pet on social media. Foster care provides animals the skills that prepare them for their fur-ever homes.
Our transport volunteers help us get our animals from place to place. We use local vets to do specialized 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!
Compassionate Kids | Junior Volunteers
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 homes for the animals, so it is very helpful to introduce our shelter dogs and cats to children. Anyone under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a fully trained adult and no one under the age of 14 may walk a dog alone.